"Most western politicians and the West’s media pundits should bow their heads in shame at the lack of criticism and analysis of what is being done to Gazans. " - IAWM letter in Irish Times re Israel's onslaught on Gaza - http://www.irishtimes.com/debate/letters/israel-hamas-gaza-1.1866091 & an edited version in The Examiner - http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/yourview/shameful-israeli-attacks-275444.html
IAWM PRESS RELEASE 12 JULY 2014
• IAWM SUPPORTS IPSC PROTEST FOR GAZA TODAY
The Irish anti-war Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today supporting the IPSC call for a solidarity protest for the people of Gaza today at the Spire in Dublin at 2pm. This will coincide with protests in other Irish cities to be held at the same time. See here for details –
The IAWM statement noted that Israel’s latest military onslaught on the people of Gaza amounts to nothing less than state terrorism. There are now well over 100 people killed with a quarter of these being children. The latest atrocity was the aerial bombing this morning of a mosque, which was a centre for disabled youth; killing 14 people some of who were disabled.
The statement totally condemned Israel’s policy of harsh, collective punishment on the entire Palestinian people. It also condemned the silence of western leaders and the western media that it claimed acts like a PR machine for the Israeli state.
Jim Roche, IAWM PRO, said:
UNPUBLISHED IAWM LETTER TO IRISH TIMES RE MEDIA BIAS IN REPORTAGE OF ISRAELI RESPONSE TO KILLINGS OF ISRAELI TEENAGERS
IAWM PRESS STATEMENT – 01 JULY 2014
• IAWM condemns response of Israeli armed forces to abduction and killing of three Israeli settler teenagers
The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today condemning the harsh and unjustified response by the Israeli armed forces to the abduction and now confirmed killing of three Israeli settler teenagers. Their deaths are no less tragic than the thousands of Palestinian deaths due to the endless brutal occupation of Palestinian land and the oppression of its people. The only difference is in the mainstream media coverage, for which every Israeli death is top of the news agenda, in contrast to Palestinian deaths, which in most cases will not be reported at all.
Quoting from a weekly report from the internationally award-winning Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) issued last Thursday (26 June); the statement noted that since the teenagers were abducted near Hebron the Israeli armed forces had carried out operations in the West Bank that resulted in the following happening:
Irish Anti-War Movement Press Statement 18 June 2014
The Chickens of War Come Home to Roost in Iraq
The Irish anti-war Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today noting that this week’s events in Iraq, beginning with the capture of Mosul by ISIS and continuing with the country’s descent into civil war, are a clear case of the chickens of the 2003 invasion coming home to roost.
Once again it has been demonstrated that George Bush and Tony Blair’s utterly ill-conceived war and occupation have brought to the region nothing but death, permanent instability and growing sectarian conflict.
The Irish Anti-War Movement believes it is imperative we learn the lesson of the illegal 2003 war and its disastrous aftermath, namely that Western intervention, often presented as aiding or liberating the people of the region, serves only to make a bad situation worse.
John Molyneux of the IAWM Steering Committee said:
“For decades the US, assisted by the Western media, has been using the bogey of ‘Islamic Fundamentalism’ to justify its various military interventions and political manoeuvres. For years it has subjected Iran to sanctions and threats. Now it cynically turns to Iran to try to save its face in Iraq. In the process it exposes the utter hypocrisy of its continuing demonization of Islam and Muslims.”
He further noted:
“The IAWM declares its total opposition to any return to Western military or political intervention in Iraq. The problems of Iraq are for the Iraqi people themselves to resolve. We call on the Irish government to make a clear public statement rejecting any policy of intervention.”
The statement concluded by noting:
“We also urge the proven liar and war criminal, Tony Blair, to abandon his hopeless efforts at retrospective self-justification and his continuous war mongering. In the words of Boris Johnson he should ‘put a sock in it’ and ‘put a paper bag on his head’.”
Minister for European Affairs Paschal Donohue said on RTE News recently regarding the Ukraine that “mechanisms must be developed to lead to a de-escalation of the tension”. Sadly the actions of EU foreign Ministers are only fuelling the crisis.
Both the EU and the US quickly legitimised the Government of dubious legality in Kiev whose first declarations included a dictate to restrict the rights of Russian speaking ethnic groups (now thankfully rescinded) and an application to join NATO. The cabinet includes six extreme ultra nationalists including defence secretary Andriy Parubiy, a founding member of the far-right Svoboda party. Is it any wonder ethnic Russians might be worried? Rather than attempt to calm down tensions, EU Foreign Ministers have barely disguised their favouritism in gleefully acting as the tools of US and NATO foreign policy in Europe in its continued military encirclement of Russia, a policy that is only playing into the hands of Putin and his own extreme nationalist acolytes.
Instead of echoing the rampant militarism of the US, EU and NATO, the Irish Government should call for a genuine de-militarisation and de-escalation of the situation and a facilitation of serious peace talks that recognize the legitimate fears and concerns of all ethnic groups within Ukraine with the aim of the development of a non-aligned, nuclear-free country. Ministers Gilmore and Donohue could start by requesting their EU fellow ministers to openly call on NATO to cancel its planned military exercise, Repent Trident, in Ukraine this July and to declare that they will not ask the Ukrainian government to join NATO. The last thing the people of Ukraine need is for US, British and other troops to be romping around their territory stirring up further ethnic tensions.