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Galway public meeting 'With Israeli attacks on Gaza, how can Palestine be free?'

18/08/2014 - 20:00
19/08/2014 - 18:19

PRESS RELEASE

On Monday 18th August a public meeting will be held on
'With Israeli attacks on Gaza, how can Palestine be free?'
The meeting will commence at 8pm in Richardson's upstairs meeting room, 1 Eyre Square, Galway.

Ciaran Tierney, well-known Galway journalist working for the Connacht Tribune, will address the meeting.
Ciaran will speak of his support for Gaza, what shaped his views, what role the media does & could play in the reporting of the situation for the Palestinian peoples.

It is quite rare that local journalists voice their personal political opinions in public. This may be because of structures in place that makes it extremely difficult for them to stick their hand up and say, “We support the Palestinians.” Many journalists though sympathetic to the suffering of the Palestinians feel they have to prove that they are “balanced” for fear of being accused of bias in their professional role.
 
The meeting will also be addressed by Kieran Allen of the Socialist Worker's Party & People Before Profit Alliance who is a lecturer in Sociology at UCD.
Kieran will follow on the political analysis of the Palestine/Israel question past & present and future peace. How can there be peace if there has to be a continual struggle by people against military rule, occupation, and the blockade of Gaza?

The meeting aims to provide a better understanding of the politics behind the ongoing situation. It will be open for questions & general discussion. Galway SWP are hosting this public meeting- all welcome, event is free.

 
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Events For Gaza (Taken From IPSC)

Longford Vigil for Gaza

24/07/2014 - 19:00

Vigil for Gaza, Thursday 24th July 7pm the Post Office, Longford

Defend the Rescuers- Solidarity with Medics under attack in Gaza (Gaza Action Ireland)

24/07/2014 - 13:00

Thu, 24 July 2014, 13:00 Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 1

A group of Irish medics and EMTs will gather outside the Dail on Thurday 24th July from 1-2 pm. These medics and supporters will call on the Irish government to take a clear position in unequivocally condemning Israeli attacks on medical personnel and infrastructure in Gaza.

During this latest onslaught thus far one doctor and two paramedics have been killed, over 30 first responders wounded, 2 hospitals bombed, a Red Crescent emergency services unit and numerous clinics and ambulances shelled or damaged.

Such attacks on medical staff and infrastructure are established Israeli practice. Paramedics and first responders are regularly targeted in both Gaza and the West Bank. During Cast Lead in 2008/2009,16 paramedics were killed and numerous other emergency responders seriously wounded. Targeted and random shelling and aerial bombardments also saw the partial or total destruction of many health care facilities and ambulances.

Speakers on Wednesday will include Irish paramedics, Palestinian doctors living and working in Ireland as well as commentary by phone from paramedics in Gaza.

Join us to hear first-hand the devastating toll of the ongoing massacres and join us to stand in solidarity with the medical and emergency personnel in Gaza who risk their lives daily trying to do their work.

This action is being called by Gaza Action Ireland and supported by the Ireland -Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and Sadaka.

ISRAEL, WESTERN POLITICIANS, THE WESTERN MEDIA AND GAZA

"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

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