Press-Release

Emergency Idlib Protest Mon 10/9/2018 5:30PM GPO OConnell Street Dublin

The Irish Anti-War Movement is deeply concerned that we may be on the brink of yet another appalling humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

The brutal Assad regime, aided by Russia, have started bombing Idlib – the last stronghold of resistance to the regime.  This may be the beginning of a final offensive. Idlib does indeed contain jihadi rebels but it also holds 3 million civilians, 1 million of them children and many of them already displaced refugees. A serious air attack could kill many thousands and displace up to 700,000.

The IAWM calls for a halt to the bombing and an immediate ceasefire.

We also oppose all foreign intervention in Syria.

We support the ‘Stop Bombing Idlib’  Protest at 5.30 pm today at the GPO in Dublin

Further Info Contact John Molinux (085 735 6424)

IAWM TO PROTEST AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON’S DOCTORATE AWARD BY TCD

PROTEST AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON’S DOCTORATE AWARD BY TCD

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 21 JUNE 2018

The Irish Anti-war Movement is to protest tomorrow (Friday 22 June) against the visit and awarding of an honorary doctorate to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The joint protest, along with TCD Students for Justice in Palestine, will take place at the front entrance to Trinity College Dublin between 12-2pm on Friday 22 June.

The IAWM say that Hillary Clinton is not a woman of peace and is in fact an arch warmonger who supported the Bush / Blair war in Iraq, escalated the war in Afghanistan, and was one of the key instigators in the NATO bombing of Libya.

She openly supported Barack Obama’s increased use of drone warfare which led to multiple civilian deaths of civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. The US based Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that between January 2009 and the end of 2015, there were between 380 and 801 civilian casualties of US Drone warfare, for which Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton must be held responsible.

She has also unquestionably supported Israel’s war on the Palestinians. She increased US financial aid to Israel in 2013 from $2.5B to $3.1. She helped Israel build stronger defence forces including upgrading Patriot Missiles and the Iron Dome System. She refused to criticise Israel even after its forces had targetted the Jabilya refugee camp and a UN school in Gaza in 2014. She has vowed to fight against the Boycott Divestments Sandtions BDS movement.

IAWM CONDEMNS MASSACRE IN GAZA AND CALLS FOR EXPULSION OF ISRAELI AMBASSADOR

IAWM CONDEMNS MASSACRE IN GAZA AND CALLS FOR EXPULSION OF ISRAELI AMBASSADOR

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 15 MAY 2018

• CONDEMNS ISRAELI MASSACRE OF PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS
• CONDEMNS THE OPENING OF THE US EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM
• SUPPORTS THE IPSC NAKBA DAY VIGIL AT SPIRE, DUBLIN, 6PM TODAY
• CALLS FOR IRISH GOVERNMENT TO SANCTION ISRAEL AND EXPEL THE ISRAELI AMBASSADOR

The IAWM condemns Israel’s killing of at least 58 Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border yesterday bringing the total of Palestinians killed so far to well over 100 with thousands injured many of these seriously.

Men, women & children, including journalists and now an 8-month old baby have been killed in these protests. For the last few weeks highly equipped Israeli forces have blatantly used high velocity explosive bullets and tear gas, both specifically targeting individuals and / or firing indiscriminately into crowds, which has caused multiple deaths and horrendous injuries. The massacre yesterday marked a new low for Israel as they openly killed civilians who were rightly protesting the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

We condemn the muted response of the Irish and other EU Governments who are complicit in so many ways with Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians, not least in arms sales.

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have a right to protest at the border with Israel, especially during these Nakba days, given the horrific 12-year siege, three wars and continuous occupation and military incursion by the 4th largest military machine in the world.

Gaza is a besieged territory measuring 40x10km with 2 million people cramped in with no possibilities of movement in or out and with a limited food supply. There is no export or import options. The sewage system is depending on electricity supplied by Israel and / or the Palestinian Authority. Drinkable water must also be imported and again is controlled by Israel.

TRUMP ENCOURAGES MORE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST

TRUMP ENCOURAGES MORE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM)PRESS RELEASE: 11 MAY 2018

The IAWM condemns the withdrawal by US President Trump from the Iran nuclear deal and the imposition of fresh sanctions on the country.

The IAWM also condemns Israel’s overnight attacks on alleged Iranian positions in Syria, a deliberate escalation of aggression which was no doubt inspired if not enabled by Trump’s decision.

The IAWM has long since condemned all foreign and local military action in Syria, including that of Iran, that has killed and maimed so many Syrians. We have called on numerous occasions for a complete and lasting ceasefire and for massive humanitarian aid to help rebuild the country.

This latest dangerous action by Trump specifically against Iran will do nothing to bring peace to Syria or the wider region and could instead lead to further conflagration. We have already seen the immediate military response from Israel and note a report by Agence France-Presse that the Saudi Foregin Minister Adel al-Jubeir said after Trump’s announcement, that Saudi Arabia would do “everything we can” to “build a nuclear bomb if Iran develops one”.

Memet Uludag of the IAWM Steering Committee said:

“We witness yet another imperialist game being played by the US which is the top military and nuclear power in the world. The proposed introduction of sanctions against Iran will only hurt the ordinary Iranian people while strenghtening the hardliners in the regime. While we condemn the actions of Iran’s military in Syria we say that Trump is a very dangerous man managing an already dangerous imperialist US foreign policy. We should oppose these sanctions against Iran. Sanctions did nothing to weaken the Iraqi regime in the past but the Iraqi people sufferred greatly and the subsequent US-led invasion created more suffering for ordinary people and the rise of sectarian division.”

US, BRITISH AND FRENCH AIRSTRIKES ON SYRIA WILL NOT HELP SYRIANS

US, BRITISH AND FRENCH AIRSTRIKES ON SYRIA

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM)PRESS RELEASE:15 APRIL 2018

The IAWM today condemned the recent airstrikes by the US, Britain and France on Syria which were ostensibly conducted as a response to the alleged chemical attack on Douma last week.

These actions will only further escalate an already dangerous situation for the people of Syria and between the main protagonists of the Assad Regime, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia on the one hand and the various rebel groups, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the US, Britain and France on the other.

The attacks are ultimately more about these western military powers protecting their own geopolitical interests and trying to distract their electorates at home, than they are about the expression of any care for the people of Syria. The airstrikes will do nothing to protect the traumatised Syrian people but will act instead to increase their suffering and the likelihood of further conflict, including between the major nuclear powers of the USA and Russia. The millions of dollars spent on this ‘operation’ could have been better spent helping the refugees, if there was genuine concern for the Syrian people.

“I was sickened to wake up this morning to hear that Trump, May and Macron have illegally dropped over 100 missiles on Syria, and to hear May purporting that they represent the 'international community,' when they sought no agreement from their own governments beforehand and clearly do not represent the majority of their own people!”, said Glenda Cimino, US citizen and IAWM Steering Committee member.

IAWM PR - CHEMICAL ATTACK IN DOUMA, SYRIA

CHEMICAL ATTACK IN DOUMA, SYRIA

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 09 APRIL 2018

• CONDEMN CHEMICAL ATTACK IN DOUMA, SYRIA
• CONDEMN MILITARY RETALIATION BY ISRAEL
• CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE IN SYRIA CONFLICT

The IAWM today noted that the chemical attack on Douma in Syria was utterly horrific and barbaric and that the atrocity must be condemned unequivocally.

It is not possible to say with certainty at this time who or what group has carried out this attack but it is clear that some form of horrific chemical attack occurred and once again it is the civilians in Syria, including many children, who are horribly suffering.

This attack must not be used to justify further military attacks which will just intensify and prolong the conflict and the suffering of ordinary Syrians. The IAWM condemns all the attacks on civilians that have characterised this war whether they were carried out by the Assad Regime or many of the foreign intervention forces which include Russia, Iran, Turkey, Hezbollah, America, Israel et al. Britain and France have also been involved while Saudi Arabia and Qatar have armed many of the rebel groups.

The overnight attack on the Syrian airstrip near Homs, likely carried out by Israel, that reportedly killed 14 people, must also be condemned as it will just escalate the conflict further. We must ask who were the people killed in this attack? Why are we not seeing their faces on our TV screens?

While totally condemning the horrific chemical attack in Douma which killed killed many men, women and children the IAWM questions the speed with which western powers and their allies in the Middle East have rushed to conclusions and have used this as an opportunity to escalate the war.

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM noted:

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