Palestine

IPSC Sponsored Hill Walk 2009

17/10/2009 - 11:00
17/10/2009 - 16:00

This year the IPSC Sponsored Hill Walk will take place on Saturday 17th October. We will be setting off from The Step Inn in Stepaside, Co. Dublin at 11.00am and finishing up with a meal and some liquid sustenance in Enniskerry.

Amnesty International Flash Mob for Gaza

19/09/2009 - 12:00
19/09/2009 - 15:00

Want to be part of something….unexpected?

Host:   Amnesty International Ireland

Date:   Saturday, 19 September 2009

Time: 12:00 - 15:00. Meet at midday!

Location:  The gates of Stephen’s Green (just inside Fusiliers Arch)

We’re looking for as many people as possible to get involved in a flash mob that we’re organising in Dublin city centre on 19 September.

A flash mob is a large group of people who seem to suddenly appear out of nowhere in a public place, strike a pose or perform an action together and then, just as suddenly, disappear back into the crowds.

We will meet inside the gates of Stephen’s Green at midday and will only then be told what we'll be doing (all very clandestine), then head off into the city to raise public awareness about the devastation caused by the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel last Dec/Jan and the lack of meaningful action taken by our government or any other to demand truth and reparations for the victims. We will remind people that without their voice, governments can continue to turn a blind eye.

 

Amnesty International presents: Gig for Justice for Gaza

20/09/2009 - 19:30
Demanding Justice for War Crimes in Gaza and Southern Israel
 
Featuring:

Interactive Map (Palestine)

Israel Plays Up Iran-as-Threat mythology

"Even in a time of dialogue, the international community must ready harsh and more active sanctions so that Iran will understand what is on the agenda. It is not only Iran that is testing international determination but also other countries in the Middle East that are being threatened by Iran." So says Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, in an interview reported on Haaretz.com (July 30th.) Shovelled into this fire-stoking is the notion that Iran threatens other countries in the Middle East, when no such threat has ever been represented. Possibly if the Iran Yarn can be peddled sufficiently, it will be made to take the emphasis from US demands for Israel to cease settlement-building and get down to serious talks; no sanctions, of course, are threatened against Israel for either keeping a nuclear arsenal or continuing to defy the United States on the settlement issue.

Israel bans mention of 'nakba' from Arab schoolbooks

The Guardian newspaper (July 24th) reports in a long piece that Israel is now banning all mention of the Nakba - the forced removal of Arabs from their homelands during the establishment of the Israeli State - from Palestinian Arab school textbooks.

One can imagine, without making other comparisons, the justifiable outrage there would be were the word 'shoah' to be treated in the same way in any European country. Israel is clearly attempting to remove Palestinian history as well as Palestinian culture, thus moving further towards relegating Palestinian Arabs to the level of a non-people. This has appalling historical resonances. Yet European politicians stand aside from condemning it - Irish politicians, one feels, will similarly do absolutely nothing.

We are witnessing the slow obliteration of an entire people; by the gun, the bomb, intellectually and now even by educators. For this reason it is legitimate to call upon our teachers' organisations as well as our writers and politicians immediately to condemn this latest move, and to do so in letters to national newspapers the better to alert Irish people to what is going on. Perhaps too an Irish politician will stand up.

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