US, BRITISH AND FRENCH AIRSTRIKES ON SYRIA WILL NOT HELP SYRIANS

US, BRITISH AND FRENCH AIRSTRIKES ON SYRIA

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM)PRESS RELEASE:15 APRIL 2018

The IAWM today condemned the recent airstrikes by the US, Britain and France on Syria which were ostensibly conducted as a response to the alleged chemical attack on Douma last week.

These actions will only further escalate an already dangerous situation for the people of Syria and between the main protagonists of the Assad Regime, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia on the one hand and the various rebel groups, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the US, Britain and France on the other.

The attacks are ultimately more about these western military powers protecting their own geopolitical interests and trying to distract their electorates at home, than they are about the expression of any care for the people of Syria. The airstrikes will do nothing to protect the traumatised Syrian people but will act instead to increase their suffering and the likelihood of further conflict, including between the major nuclear powers of the USA and Russia. The millions of dollars spent on this ‘operation’ could have been better spent helping the refugees, if there was genuine concern for the Syrian people.

“I was sickened to wake up this morning to hear that Trump, May and Macron have illegally dropped over 100 missiles on Syria, and to hear May purporting that they represent the 'international community,' when they sought no agreement from their own governments beforehand and clearly do not represent the majority of their own people!”, said Glenda Cimino, US citizen and IAWM Steering Committee member.

IAWM PR - CHEMICAL ATTACK IN DOUMA, SYRIA

CHEMICAL ATTACK IN DOUMA, SYRIA

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 09 APRIL 2018

• CONDEMN CHEMICAL ATTACK IN DOUMA, SYRIA
• CONDEMN MILITARY RETALIATION BY ISRAEL
• CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE IN SYRIA CONFLICT

The IAWM today noted that the chemical attack on Douma in Syria was utterly horrific and barbaric and that the atrocity must be condemned unequivocally.

It is not possible to say with certainty at this time who or what group has carried out this attack but it is clear that some form of horrific chemical attack occurred and once again it is the civilians in Syria, including many children, who are horribly suffering.

This attack must not be used to justify further military attacks which will just intensify and prolong the conflict and the suffering of ordinary Syrians. The IAWM condemns all the attacks on civilians that have characterised this war whether they were carried out by the Assad Regime or many of the foreign intervention forces which include Russia, Iran, Turkey, Hezbollah, America, Israel et al. Britain and France have also been involved while Saudi Arabia and Qatar have armed many of the rebel groups.

The overnight attack on the Syrian airstrip near Homs, likely carried out by Israel, that reportedly killed 14 people, must also be condemned as it will just escalate the conflict further. We must ask who were the people killed in this attack? Why are we not seeing their faces on our TV screens?

While totally condemning the horrific chemical attack in Douma which killed killed many men, women and children the IAWM questions the speed with which western powers and their allies in the Middle East have rushed to conclusions and have used this as an opportunity to escalate the war.

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM noted:

UNADULTERATED ISRAELI STATE MURDER OF CIVILIANS IN GAZA - PROTEST AT GPO 1PM TODAY

SLAUGHTER IN GAZA

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 31 MARCH 2018

• UNADULTERATED ISRAELI STATE MURDER OF CIVILIANS IN GAZA
• IRISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD EXPEL ISRAELI AMBASSADOR IN SOLIDARITY
• MEDIA OUTLETS IN DENIAL OVER YESTERDAY’S EVENTS
• PROTEST TODAY (SAT. 31ST MARCH) AT GPO, DUBLIN

The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) said today that the killing of 16 unarmed Palestinian civilians is nothing less than unadulterated state murder by the state of Israel.

Those killed yesterday included farmer Omar Wahid Samour, 26, who died when Israeli forces fired artillery shells at him while he was on his own land, more than 700 meters from the boundary fence in southern Gaza.

Over 1500 more Palestinians were wounded according to Gaza’s health ministry, half of them by live fire and at least 20 are in a critical condition.

The people of Gaza had announced they were going to peacefully protest near the border on Land Day to commemorate the six Palestinians killed during protests against Israeli land confiscation in the Galilee in 1976.

THE IAWM said that they have a legitimate right to peacefully protest on their own lands.

Israeli state forces deliberately attacked them with snipers, drones, artillery and tear gas. None of the deaths and injuries is accidental – the protesters were deliberately targeted. The killings were premeditated - therefore they are nothing short of state murder.

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:

“This event is so reminiscent of killings by state forces in Apartheid South Africa. Well over 100,000 Gazans had assembled to protest in peace. They were deliberately targeted and murdered or wounded by Israeli state forces that had strategically positioned themselves to carry out these heinous crimes.”

Irish Anti-War Movement Condemned Attack on Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign's Bank Account

In a statement released today the Irish Anti-War Movement condemned the on-going attack on the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign's right to exist.

Recent reports in The Jerusalem Post show that the Israel government is directly lobbying Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and one of its large shareholders Franklin Templeton Investments to close down the bank account of the IPSC and "scores of others".

A spokesman for the Irish Anti-War Movement went on to say,

“This is a deeply sinister and worrying development, in 2016 the IPSC accounts with Bank of Ireland with whom they had banked for over 15 years were unilaterally closed without any rationale other than a statement to the effect that the IPSC no longer met their "risk appetite".”

The Irish Anti-War Movement went on to say “We fully supports the right of civil society groups to access banking services as this is essential to the functioning of a modern democratic society.”

 
Contact Info

Kevin Squires Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign 01-8727798

Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee IAWM: Tel. 087 6472737

Further Information

http://www.ipsc.ie/right-to-bds/israeli-ministers-unprecedented-attempt-...

EASTERN GHOUTA - BBC REPORT

STOP THE BOMBING OF CIVILIANS IN SYRIA - PRESS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING

Press Conference, 11.30am, TODAY, Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin

An Irish response to the Syrian East Ghouta Humanitarian Crisis

Joan Collins T.D, Senator Ivana Bacik, Ibrahim Halawa, Irish Anti-war Movement (IAWM), Irish Syria Solidarity Movement (ISSM)

(Contributions will also be made by two displaced Syrians living in Ireland and representatives from humanitarian groups working on the ground in Syria)

THE IRISH Anti-war Movement is participating in this Press Conference this morning.

As noted in our Press Release on 21st February the IAWM totally condemns the indiscriminate bombing of Eastern Ghouta by the Assad and Russian forces. The ceasefire agreed at the UN has already been broken and civilians are again suffering terrible injuries and worse.

While responding to these horrific crimes the IAWM regards the conflict within a wider cotext.

Despite the initial peaceful protests by civilians in 2011 that were brutally suppressed by the Assad regime, the Syrian conflict has long since become a proxy war between world and regional powers with the Syrian people caught in the middle.

The obvious players of Russia, Iran and Hezzbollah support the Assad Regime. The US and Britain have thousands of military advisors in Syria for many years and have flooded the region with weaponry some of which most likely has made it into the hands of dubious rebel groups via the conduits of the west’s regional proxies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. America and Britain has also bombed Syria, in one case killing 69 Syrian soldiers during a ceasefire. Israel, a western ally, has recently bombed Syria while Turkey has invaded the northern region of Afrin.

Thus in addition to the appalling crimes of the Assad regime, Syria has become a massive military playground for numerous foreign forces seeking a stake in the country. This just foments the conflict further.

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