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Britain halts some arms exports to Israel in response to Gaza conflict

Smoke over Gaza City

(Suhaib Salem/Reuters) Smoke rises over Gaza City after a bombardment from air, land and sea by Israeli forces in January

Sheera Frenkel in Jerusalem

Britain became the first country to halt arms exports to Israel in response to its Gaza offensive, rescinding five export licences for parts used on warships which were deployed in the conflict.

An Israeli official said that Britain had reviewed 182 licenses before deciding to revoke the five in connection with the Saar 4.5 class corvette. The British Embassy in Tel Aviv confirmed the move but said that it did not constitute an embargo on Israel.

Irish Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire and Derek Graham to be deported from Israel tomorrow, speak at press conference upon return

IPSC Press Release, for immediate release: 6th July 2009
 
The two Irish citizens kidnapped by the Israeli state last Tuesday - Nobel Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Derek Graham - will be deported to Ireland tomorrow Tuesday 7th July. Their flight IZ921 will arrive at Dublin airport at 19.40.
 
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will be organising a welcoming committee at the airport, and there will be a PRESS CONFERENCE with Ms. Maguire and Mr. Graham at 9.00pm in the Malton Room, Radison Blu Hotel beside Dublin Airport. A number of elected representatives have also expressed interest in speaking at the event.
 

Irish Noble Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire & Derek Graham -STILL HELD IN ISRAELI JAIL

 

Protest Today Irish Nobel Laureate Kidnapped by Israel - Protest and Take Action

01/07/2009 - 17:00

19 of the passengers of the Free Gaza boat 'Spirit of Humanity' - including Nobel Laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire and IPSC member Derek Graham, abducted yesterday in international waters, continue to be held by the Israeli military. Two Palestinian members of the team were released earlier today.

The IPSC is holding an emergency protest today Wednesday 1st July, 5pm, at the GPO on O'Connell Street, Dublin.  We encourage you to come along to demand the release of the kidnapped members of the Free Gaza Movement - demand their release, demand the return of the supplies, demand the release of the boat, demand a safe sea-passage to Gaza, and demand that the brutal siege of Gaza be lifted.

Make Eircom Say No to Israeli Company Amdocs - Handing-In of Petition

26/06/2009 - 16:00
26/06/2009 - 17:00

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign / Irish Anti War Movement Eircom-Amdocs campaign is drawing to a close. We will be handing in the petition this Friday 26th July @ 4pm at the Eircom Offices, the intersection of St John's Rd West and Military Road, down near Hueston Station (see map).

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Chris Andrews TD (FF) and Proinsias De Rossa MEP (Lab) have confirmed that they will attend and a number of other politicians are still TBC.

We would like to invite anyone who is free to attend on Friday and help us to mark the end of this campaign.

We are calling on Eircom plc to listen to the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) emanating from Palestinian civil society, and to refuse to enter into a contract in which one of the partners will be the Israeli company Amdocs. We believe that it would be a major boost to Israel’s prestige – in the wake of the invasion of Gaza which left over 1,400 Palestinians dead - for any consortium that includes Amdocs to receive this Eircom contract, especially given that Amdocs has declared its support for the so-called 'security' policies of the Israeli state

Eircom are still refusing to divulge whether they have actually signed the contract with Amdocs or not, but we intend to make them aware of the sentiment among the Irish public in favour of divestment from Israeli companies.

http://www.ipsc.ie
http://irishantiwar.org

john pilger on Gaza and Obama

 At 7.30 in the morning on 3 June, a seven-month-old baby died in the intensive care unit of the European Gaza Hospital in the Gaza Strip.
His name was Zein Ad-Din Mohammed Zu’rob, and he was suffering from a
lung infection which was treatable.
 
Denied basic equipment, the doctors in Gaza could do nothing. For
weeks, the child’s parents had sought a permit from the Israelis to
allow them to take him to a hospital in Jerusalem, where he would have
been saved. Like many desperately sick people who apply for these
permits, the parents were told they had never applied. Even if they
had arrived at the Erez Crossing with an Israeli document in their
hands, the odds are that they would have been turned back for refusing
the demands of officials to spy or collaborate in some way. “Is it an
irresponsible overstatement,” asked Richard Falk, the United Nations
special rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian
territories and emeritus professor of international law at Princeton

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