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UNADULTERATED ISRAELI STATE MURDER OF CIVILIANS IN GAZA - PROTEST AT GPO 1PM TODAY

SLAUGHTER IN GAZA

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 31 MARCH 2018

• UNADULTERATED ISRAELI STATE MURDER OF CIVILIANS IN GAZA
• IRISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD EXPEL ISRAELI AMBASSADOR IN SOLIDARITY
• MEDIA OUTLETS IN DENIAL OVER YESTERDAY’S EVENTS
• PROTEST TODAY (SAT. 31ST MARCH) AT GPO, DUBLIN

The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) said today that the killing of 16 unarmed Palestinian civilians is nothing less than unadulterated state murder by the state of Israel.

Those killed yesterday included farmer Omar Wahid Samour, 26, who died when Israeli forces fired artillery shells at him while he was on his own land, more than 700 meters from the boundary fence in southern Gaza.

Over 1500 more Palestinians were wounded according to Gaza’s health ministry, half of them by live fire and at least 20 are in a critical condition.

The people of Gaza had announced they were going to peacefully protest near the border on Land Day to commemorate the six Palestinians killed during protests against Israeli land confiscation in the Galilee in 1976.

THE IAWM said that they have a legitimate right to peacefully protest on their own lands.

Israeli state forces deliberately attacked them with snipers, drones, artillery and tear gas. None of the deaths and injuries is accidental – the protesters were deliberately targeted. The killings were premeditated - therefore they are nothing short of state murder.

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:

“This event is so reminiscent of killings by state forces in Apartheid South Africa. Well over 100,000 Gazans had assembled to protest in peace. They were deliberately targeted and murdered or wounded by Israeli state forces that had strategically positioned themselves to carry out these heinous crimes.”

Irish Anti-War Movement Condemned Attack on Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign's Bank Account

In a statement released today the Irish Anti-War Movement condemned the on-going attack on the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign's right to exist.

Recent reports in The Jerusalem Post show that the Israel government is directly lobbying Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and one of its large shareholders Franklin Templeton Investments to close down the bank account of the IPSC and "scores of others".

A spokesman for the Irish Anti-War Movement went on to say,

“This is a deeply sinister and worrying development, in 2016 the IPSC accounts with Bank of Ireland with whom they had banked for over 15 years were unilaterally closed without any rationale other than a statement to the effect that the IPSC no longer met their "risk appetite".”

The Irish Anti-War Movement went on to say “We fully supports the right of civil society groups to access banking services as this is essential to the functioning of a modern democratic society.”

 
Contact Info

Kevin Squires Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign 01-8727798

Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee IAWM: Tel. 087 6472737

Further Information

http://www.ipsc.ie/right-to-bds/israeli-ministers-unprecedented-attempt-...

STOP THE BOMBING OF CIVILIANS IN SYRIA - PRESS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING

Press Conference, 11.30am, TODAY, Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin

An Irish response to the Syrian East Ghouta Humanitarian Crisis

Joan Collins T.D, Senator Ivana Bacik, Ibrahim Halawa, Irish Anti-war Movement (IAWM), Irish Syria Solidarity Movement (ISSM)

(Contributions will also be made by two displaced Syrians living in Ireland and representatives from humanitarian groups working on the ground in Syria)

THE IRISH Anti-war Movement is participating in this Press Conference this morning.

As noted in our Press Release on 21st February the IAWM totally condemns the indiscriminate bombing of Eastern Ghouta by the Assad and Russian forces. The ceasefire agreed at the UN has already been broken and civilians are again suffering terrible injuries and worse.

While responding to these horrific crimes the IAWM regards the conflict within a wider cotext.

Despite the initial peaceful protests by civilians in 2011 that were brutally suppressed by the Assad regime, the Syrian conflict has long since become a proxy war between world and regional powers with the Syrian people caught in the middle.

The obvious players of Russia, Iran and Hezzbollah support the Assad Regime. The US and Britain have thousands of military advisors in Syria for many years and have flooded the region with weaponry some of which most likely has made it into the hands of dubious rebel groups via the conduits of the west’s regional proxies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. America and Britain has also bombed Syria, in one case killing 69 Syrian soldiers during a ceasefire. Israel, a western ally, has recently bombed Syria while Turkey has invaded the northern region of Afrin.

Thus in addition to the appalling crimes of the Assad regime, Syria has become a massive military playground for numerous foreign forces seeking a stake in the country. This just foments the conflict further.

SYRIA - STOP BOMBING CIVILIANS: An Irish response to the Syrian East Ghouta Humanitarian Crisis

Press Conference, 11.30am, Tuesday 06 March, Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin

An Irish response to the Syrian East Ghouta Humanitarian Crisis

Joan Collins T.D, Senator Ivana Bacik, Ibrahim Halawa, Irish Anti-war Movement (IAWM), Irish Syria Solidarity Movement (ISSM)

(Contributions will also be made by two displaced Syrians living in Ireland and representatives from humanitarian groups working on the ground in Syria)

WE CONDEMN:
● THE INDISCRIMINATE BOMBING OF CIVILIANS AND CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE BY THE SYRIAN REGIME AND BY RUSSIAN FORCES THAT HAVE LEFT HUNDREDS DEAD IN JUST TWO WEEKS
● THE DELIBERATE TARGETING OF MEDICAL AND RESCUE INFRASTRUCTURE AND PERSONNEL
● THE USE OF STARVATION SIEGES AGAINST THE POPULATION OF EAST GHOUTA SINCE 2013

WE CALL FOR:
● ALL BOMBING IN SYRIA TO CEASE IMMEDIATELY AND FOR THE IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION AND INDEFINITE EXTENSION OF THE UN CEASEFIRE (SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2401)
● A COMPREHENSIVE UN-LED HUMANITARIAN RELIEF OPERATION TO BE PUT IN PLACE IMMEDIATELY FOR GHOUTA
● SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES TO BE STEPPED UP BY IRISH AND EU GOVERNMENTS

As individuals and organisations, we have varying views and perspectives and certain nuances regarding the Syrian conflict. However, we are united in our view that at the heart of this conflict is a popular - and initially peaceful - civilian revolt that began in 2011 against a ruthless dictator in the form of Bashar al Assad. We completely acknowledge that this crisis has been massively complicated by the cynical and self-serving interventions of the Assad regime itself as well as many regional and international actors.

We hope to be able to offer suggestions for what can be done from an Irish perspective to end the appalling tragedy that is unfolding before us as reported in the media.

STOP THE SLAUGHTER IN EASTERN GHOUTA

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

Irish Anti War Movement statement on the slaughter in Eastern Ghouta

The Irish Anti-War Movement said today that the slaughter that is now taking place in Eastern Ghouta, as a result of the bombing of the civilian population by the Russian-backed Assad regime is utterly horrific and should stop immediately. While accurate casualty figures are difficult to ascertain it is clear that hundreds of lives, among them large numbers of children, have being lost.

The ‘explanation’ offered by the Assad regime that they are responding to the killing of six people in government-controlled areas of eastern Damascus earlier this week by shells fired from Eastern Ghouta is not acceptable. Even if it were true the response would be completely disproportionate. The Syrian military said it carried out "precision strikes" on areas from which the shells were launched. This claim is laughable and no more credible than such claims made by the US when bombing Iraq or Afghanistan.

“In reality the massacre in Eastern Ghouta, an area containing 400,000 people, is a continuation of the policy pursued by the tyrannical Assad regime for over six years - of killing any Syrians who do not accept its rule. This policy along with interventions by foreign militaries, has resulted in the death of approximately 500,000 citizens and the displacement of millions more” said John Molyneux, Secretary of the IAWM Steering Committee.

He continued:

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

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 27 JANUARY 2018

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 that 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 the IPSC has said, that its 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:

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