IAWM BULLETIN 19 MAY 2015
1. STATEMENT ON PRINCE CHARLES VISIT
1. IAWM Press Statement on Prince Charles visit to Ireland 18 May 2015
The Irish Anti-War Movement oppose the publicly funded visit by Prince Charles to Ireland given his connections to the British Military and his open support for undemocratic, despotic regimes.
Irish political leaders and the mainstream media are making much of Prince Charles’s impending visit to Mullaghmore as a personal event of closure and an act of reconciliation that will aid the Northern Irish peace process. Many Irish people may likewise see this as a useful act, just as they regarded the Queen’s visit. The problem is that Prince Charles and the British Royalty generally are not benign forces – they play a continuous role in promoting the British military and the arms industry around the world. Prince Charles is Colonel-in-chief of many regiments of the British Army including the notorious Parachute Regiment which killed 13 innocent civilians on Bloody Sunday in Derry.
The Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams, has expressed the hope that the Prince’s visit will be “an occasion to promote reconciliation, respect and understanding". However Prince Charles has never expressed such concern for the victims of the wars waged by the British military in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Nor has he balked at his role in promoting the British arms industry which arms repressive regimes that have appalling human rights records. Professor Neil Cooper of Bradford University's Peace Studies Department has noted that: "There is a long history of members of the royal family supporting the promotion of the UK arms trade in the Middle East - and especially the Gulf …. It is accepted as part and parcel of the brief."
IPSC EVENT FOR NAKBA DAY
[Dublin] Nakba 67: Moving Gallery remembering Al Nakba (IPSC)
Sat, 16 May 2015, 13:30 Assemble at St. Stephen’s Green (Grafton St entrance), Dublin 2
The event will take place to commemorate what Palestinians call Nakba Day – held annually on 15th May* – which marks the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) which saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, forcibly uprooted from their homeland in an act of ethnic cleansing that facilitated the foundation of the State of Israel
We are assembling at 1.30pm at the Grafton Street entrance to St. Stephens’ Green, and will set off down Grafton St towards the Spire shortly afterwards.
* As 15th May is a Friday, we have decided to hold this event on Saturday 16th to increase visibility.
IAWM BULLETIN 11 MAY 2015
1. IAWM AGM RESOLUTIONS
1. Irish Anti War Movement 2014 Annual General Meeting
21 February 2015, Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
The Irish Anti-War Movement has voiced concern in the past that this battle is the beginning of a military project, which will in the future be used to play a role on the world stage to complement the N.A.T.O.’s aggressive militarist policies and strategies.
At the same time our involvement in this battle group is a continuation of the government’s policy to compromise our neutrality by stealth.
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is organising a protest in solidarity with the Palestinians in the Yarmouk refugee camp and demanding that the Syrian government and all groups lift the siege of the Yarmouk and allow safe passage out for the people there. It will take place on Thursday 9 April, 5.30pm, at the GPO on O'Connell Street for about an hour.
Thousands of civilians are in "immediate danger" and must be evacuated from "completely dire" conditions following ISIS' attack on the refugee camp, a U.N. official said on Tuesday. UNWRA official, Chris Gunness, said: "The situation in the camp is beyond inhumane.” Yarmouk refugee camp is home to Palestinians ethnically cleansed from their homes by Israel, their right of return is enshrined in international law, repeatedly so in UN resolution 194.
Some 18,000 Palestinian civilians are trapped with limited food and water in the Yarmouk camp near Syria's capital, caught between government forces and duelling rebel groups. Their already-tenuous situation, being under siege for years, deteriorated sharply last week when ISIS launched a push to seize control of the camp from rival armed groups there.
If you happen to be free at this short notice, it would be great to see you at the GPO.
IPSC EVENT - SCREENING OF 'THE LAB' TONIGHT AT TCD
We strongly recommend our members attend the screening of this important documentary titled The Lab organised by the IPSC. Made by a former Haaretz journalist Yotam Feldman (who will attend the screening) it argues how Israel uses Gaza as a laboratory for testing new weapons.
This is to coincide with the launching of the IPSC's campaign to ‘End the Irish Arms Trade With Israel’.
Dear friend of the Palestinian people,
I am writing to to invite you to attend the following event - the launch of the End the Irish Arms Trade With Israel campaign - taking place in at 11.30am Dublin tomorrow, Wednesday 1st April in Buswell's Hotel, Molesworth St. It is short notice, but if you are free and interested, you are most welcome to pop into the press conference for a half an hour or so.
The campaign's first event will be the screening of the award-winning documentary about the Israeli weapons industry, 'The Lab', followed by a Q&A with the director Yotam Feldman, which also takes place tomorrow at 7pm in the Thomas Davis Theatre, Trinity College Dublin (Arts Block). Entry is free, and all are welcome.
We would also ask you to take the time to please carry out some of the actions suggested on the campaign page to highlight the issue, and help end this trade in death.
We hope to see you at one or both of these events. Thank you for your continued commitment to the cause of Palestinian freedom, justcie and equality and support for the work of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
• Tomorrow Wed 1 April: 11.30am Launch of the ‘End the Irish Arms Trade With Israel’ campaign in Buswell's Hotel
• Also, 7pm Screening (+Q&A) of Yotam Feldman's award winning documentary 'The Lab' in TCD
SIPTU CONFERENCE ON PALESTINE, 11.00AM-4.00PM, SATURDAY 28 MARCH, LIBERTY HALL, DUBLIN.