Palestine

Ireland first EU state to declare Israeli settlements 'annexation': Irish Examiner, 270521

The significance of this is profound. To have an EU Minister for Foreign Affairs saying these things and an EU Government voting for this motion is so positive. We must now hold the Government to account when Israel tries its next evictions.

Kudos to all the activists whose work over many years has brought us here. Onwards and upwards. We must now completely isolate the Israeli Apartheid State. Sanctions and expulsion of Israeli Ambassador next!

"In a significant move, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said the scale, pace and nature of Israel's actions amount to "de facto annexation".

He told the Dáil that a return to "business as usual" and the expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory cannot be accepted.

"That is simply no longer an option in my view.

We cannot return to the flouting of international law, with the expansion of illegal settlements into occupied Palestinian territory.

IRISH PARLIAMENT BACKS MOTION THAT BUILDING ON PALESTINIAN LAND IS DE-FACTO ANNEXATION; IT, 260521

180,000 DEMAND FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE ON THE STREETS OF LONDON, Socialist Worker, 220521

BDS AS A PRECURSOR TO LASTING JUSTICE AND PEACE FOR PALESTINIANS, UNPUBLISHED LETTERS TO IRISH TIMES; 250521

UNPUBLISHED LETTERS SENT TO ALL THREE IRISH BROADSHEETS ON PALESTINE

BDS AS A PRECURSOR TO LASTING JUSTICE AND PEACE FOR PALESTINIANS

PALESTINIANS UNITED ACROSS ALL OF PALESTINE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES

Sir,

the ceasefire in the latest escalation of horrific violence between Palestinians and Israelis is most welcome. Now Israelis can revert to their peaceful lives of ignoring the existence of their fellow human beings whose lands they occupy while Palestinians will continue to experience the slow violence of occupation, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, siege and the denial of their basic human rights.

This has to change and one senses from the resistance across all of Palestine and the worldwide solidarity that there is a new awakening. Boycott Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) is the most appropriate form of civil society solidarity we can offer and the Irish Government, institutions and corporations should now adopt this policy as a precursor to lasting justice and peace for the Palestinians.

Yours etc.
JIM ROCHE,
PRO Irish Anti-War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Dublin 1.
Tel: 087 6472737

Sir,

right wing Israeli mobs, emboldened by ultranationalist rhetoric from reactionary Israeli politicians, are attacking indigenous Palestinians in their homes and on the streets in Lydda, Acre, Haifa, and other cities within 1948 Israel. Palestinians within Israel, for so long subdued, out of sight and out of mind of the dominant Israeli body politic are awakened to their own plight and that of their oppressed fellow Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem and in Gaza as was witnessed by their solidarity strike and continued protests this week.

LETTER RESPONSE TO ALAN SHATTER'S ARTICLE; IT, 250521

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