Palestine

GAZA AND SYRIA KILLINGS - DIFFERENT STANDARDS APPLY - UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO IRISH TIMES

Sir,

the US State Department (according to a report on RTE News on Sunday morning) has demanded “an immediate response by the international community" to the alleged gas attack on civilians in a hospital in Douma, outside Damascus. The RTE News report also noted that the US State Department said that since Russia supports the Assad Regime it should be held responsible for these deaths.

Certainly, if it is proved that they are responsible, both the Assad Regime and Russia should be punished for this and other heinous acts, although it is not clear which innocent international actor should do the punishing.

By the same logic, since it is an established fact that the USA supports the state of Israel to the tune of granting it $3.8 billion yearly, much of this in the form of military hardware, should the US Government not be held responsible for the recent undisputed Israeli state executions in Gaza which have killed men, women and children including, last Friday, one Palestinian journalist clearly wearing a Press jacket? Will world Governments, including the Irish Government, now immediately respond and sanction the US Government for such blatant complicity in the mass murder of civilians?

Yours etc.

JIM ROCHE,

PRO Irish Anti-War Movement,

PO Box 9260,

Dublin 1.

PATRICK COCKBURN ON GAZA EXECUTIONS

Irish Anti War Movement statement on the Israeli ban on international organisations

Irish Anti War Movement statement on the Israeli ban on international organisations

The Irish Anti War Movement strongly condemns the apartheid Israeli state’s ban on members of 20 international organisations that campaign for the rights of the Palestinian people being allowed to enter Palestine/Israel.

This outrageous ban stands in complete contradiction to basic democratic rights and the principle of freedom of speech. It shows, yet again the fraudulent nature of the Zionist state’s claim to be a democracy when in fact it is an imperialist settler state founded on the dispossession, ethnic cleansing and oppression of the Palestinian people. It is testimony to the fact the true nature of this state is increasingly being exposed for what it is on a global scale and to the Zionists’ fear of the power of eye witness reporting on its daily crimes and atrocities. It is designed to counter the increasing international effectiveness of the BDS movement which has emerged as the main expression of international solidarity with the Palestinian people.

We note in particular the inclusion on the list of proscribed organisations of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign with whom the IAWM has a long history of cooperation and solidarity. Moreover we appreciate that this appalling ban is a personal blow to a number of its leading members, including and especially its chairperson Fatin Al-Tamimi, who is thereby prevented from visiting her family in Palestine.

However, we also recognise, as IPSC has said, that their inclusion in this ban is a badge of honour and testifies to the tremendous work this Campaign has done in bringing awareness of the Palestinian issue to the Irish people and in building support here for the Palestinian struggle and for BDS.

Finally we call on the Irish Government to:

[Dublin] Public lecture – Steven Salaita: BDS and the modern university (TCD) 11/09/2017 18:30 Trinity College Dublin

11/09/2017 - 18:30

Monday, 11th September 2017at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

The FREE lecture is part of the TCD MPhil in Race Ethnicity and Conflict conference Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Boycott of Israel, Trinity College Dublin.

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Further information and registration for the whole conference: https://academicfreedomconference.wordpress.com/

Steven Salaita is an American scholar, author and public speaker formerly the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. His books include Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader’s Guide (2011), Israel’s Dead Soul (2011), Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom (2015), Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine (2016).

[Dublin] Steven Salaita: 'Why Palestine Is Everyone’s Moral Issue' 12/09/2017 19:30 Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place

12/09/2017 - 19:30

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in association with Academics for Palestine, are honoured to present a public talk by renowned Palestinian-American author and intellectual Steven Salaita. The event will take place on Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 7.30pm in The Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place (off Cathal Brugha Street), Dublin 1 (map here). Admission free.

In this talk, Steven Salaita will explore why Palestine is one of the world’s most pressing moral issues and argue that a liberated Palestine is everybody’s concern.

PLEASE JOIN & SHARE THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK, THANKS!

About the speaker

Steven Salaita is an American scholar, author and public speaker formerly the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. His books include Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader’s Guide (2011), Israel’s Dead Soul (2011), Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom (2015), Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine (2016).

Organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in association with Academics for Palestine.

[Limerick] Steven Salaita: 'Why Palestine Is Everyone’s Moral Issue' 13/09/2017, 20:00 The Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry's Mall

13/09/2017 - 20:00

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in association with Academics for Palestine, are honoured to present a public talk by renowned Palestinian-American author and intellectual Steven Salaita. The event will take place on Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 8pm in The Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick City. Admission free.

In this talk, Steven Salaita will explore why Palestine is one of the world’s most pressing moral issues and argue that a liberated Palestine is everybody’s concern.

PLEASE JOIN & SHARE THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK, THANKS!

About the speaker

Steven Salaita is an American scholar, author and public speaker formerly the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. His books include Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader’s Guide (2011), Israel’s Dead Soul (2011), Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom (2015), Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine (2016).

Organised by the Limerick branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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