Press-Release

Book of condolences and major protest for Blair visit

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT

Press Release - August 26th

-ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT TO OPEN BOOK OF CONDOLENCES THIS WEEKEND FOR VICTIMS OF BLAIR'S WARS.

-MAJOR MOBILISATION UNDERWAY FOR PROTEST DURING BLAIR DUBLIN VIST

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) has announced it will open a book of condolences this weekend in Dublin for the victims of Tony Blair's military actions and foreign policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.

The book of condolences will be gathered in Dublin's city centre in the coming week as part of the preparations for a major demonstration on Saturday September 4th during Mr Blair's visit to Dublin to launch his memoirs.

The book of condolences will be located near Eason's, as this is where Mr Blair is due to hold the book-signing event on the morning of September 4th.

The demonstration on that day will assemble at 11.00am at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, before marching to Eason's where Tony Blair's book signing event will be taking place.

The protest will focus on Tony Blair's key role in launching the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and devastated both countries.

ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT TO HOLD MAJOR DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WAR CRIMINAL BLAIR DURING FORTHCOMING DUBLIN VIST

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT

Press Release – August 21st

ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT TO HOLD MAJOR DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WAR CRIMINAL BLAIR DURING FORTHCOMING DUBLIN VIST

In a statement the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) has announced plans to hold a major demonstration to protest during the planned visit to Dublin of former British Prime minister, Tony Blair on September 3rd/4th.

The demonstration will coincide with the book launch and signing event for Mr Blair’s soon to be published autobiography, due to take place in Eason’s on O’ Connell St in Dublin on Saturday September 4th.

The protest will assemble at 11.30am at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square, before marching to Eason’s where the book signing will be taking place.

The IAWM protest will focus on Tony Blair’s key role in launching the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and devastated both countries.

The protest will also focus on Blair’s effective complicity - both as Prime Minister and now as EU envoy to the Middle East - with the war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Israel against the Palestinians.

ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT TO HOLD MAJOR DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WAR CRIMINAL BLAIR DURING FORTHCOMING DUBLIN VIST

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT

Press Release – August 21st

ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT TO HOLD MAJOR DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WAR CRIMINAL BLAIR DURING FORTHCOMING DUBLIN VIST

In a statement the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) has announced plans to hold a major demonstration to protest during the planned visit to Dublin of former British Prime minister, Tony Blair on September 3rd/4th.

The demonstration will coincide with the book launch and signing event for Mr Blair’s soon to be published autobiography, due to take place in Eason’s on O’ Connell St in Dublin on Saturday September 4th.

The protest will assemble at 11.30am at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square, before marching to Eason’s where the book signing will be taking place.

The IAWM protest will focus on Tony Blair’s key role in launching the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and devastated both countries.

The protest will also focus on Blair’s effective complicity - both as Prime Minister and now as EU envoy to the Middle East - with the war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Israel against the Palestinians.

Sat 7th August - 12:30 Day School - Israel, Palestine and the Politics of the Middle East - Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin

Time Table of Meetings

12:30 - 13:30  Israel and the Arab States

Anne Alexander (author of ‘Nasser - Life and Times’)
Attend On-Line (https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/947757993).

14:30 - 15:30  Expression workshop Zionism and apartheid 

Sarah Wood (Facilitator)
Claudia Saba (Palestinian Activist)

16:00 - 17:30  Islam and resistance (Panel of Speakers)

Ahmed El Habash (Palestinian Rights Institute)
Michael Youlton (IAWM)
Anne Alexander (author of ‘Nasser - Life and Times’)
Francesco Cavorta (Author :Democratization in the Muslim World)
Attend On-Line (https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/401304888).

17:30 - 18:30  The Politics of Anti - Imperialism

DEBATE TONIGHT (Tuesday, June 22nd) ON WHETHER APARTHEID STYLE SANCTIONS ARE NEEDED AGAINST ISRAEL

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) will host a debate this evening (June 22nd) at 7.00pm in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on the topic: "Israel: Is Boycott the Answer?"

Representatives of all the major political parties were invited to address the debate. Confirmed speakers to date are as follows:

  • Joe Costello TD (Labour Party)
  • Richard Boyd Barrett (Chairperson, IAWM)
  • Mags O Brien (Trade Union Friends of Palestine)

The debate is being organised following the recent tragic events with the Gaza peace flotilla, where the terrible plight of the people of Gaza was once again highlighted to the international community.

The Irish Anti-War Movement and other Palestinian solidarity groups, both here and internationally, believe that sanctions similar to those imposed on Apartheid South Africa need to be imposed on Israel to secure justice and human rights for the people of Palestine.

The purpose of the debate is to have a discussion with representatives of the main political parties in this country as to whether such a boycott is justified and if it will be effective.

IAWM SAYS EXPULSION OF SINGLE ISRAELI DIPLOMAT IS TOKENISTIC AND INADEQUATE

ALL DIPLOMATIC AND ECONOMIC TIES WITH ROUGUE APARTHIED STATE SHOULD BE CUT.

In a statement the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) has said the government’s decision to expel a single Israeli diplomat over the forged Irish passports used in the Dubai assassination of a senior Hamas official was a "woefully inadequate and tokenistic" sanction against Israel, given its crimes.

The IAWM said the passport scandal was only  one instance among countless Israeli atrocities and crimes for which Ireland and other members of the International community should impose severe sanctions.

The IAWM said that Israel’s crimes in last years assault in Gaza, the recent killing of 9 peace activists, the on-going siege of Gaza and the systematic denial of human rights to the entire Palestinian population, should lead the Irish government to sever all diplomatic and economic ties with Israel.

The IAWM have held a number of protests outside the Israeli embassy since the Israeli attack on the Gaza peace flotilla last week, calling for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and full economic and diplomatic sanctions against Israel.

Richard Boyd Barrett, chairperson of the IAWM said:

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