Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha (above left) and Palestine Ambassador to Ireland Ahmad Abdelraze (right) open a Book of Condolence in the wake of the killings of protesters in Gaza demonstrating against the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
Members of the Palestinian community in Dublin and their Irish supporters, attended a rally in protest at the actions of Israel’s security forces in shooting dead over 60 Palestinians, at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian officials say at least 41 people have died in the latest round of protests.
A mass attempt by Palestinians to cross the border fence separating Israel from Gaza quickly turned violent, as Israeli soldiers responded with rifle fire.
Monday quickly became the bloodiest single day since a campaign of demonstrations began seven weeks ago, to protest Israel’s economic blockade of Gaza.
At least 1,700 Palestinian demonstrators were also wounded along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported, as the mass protests that began on March 30 and that had already left dozens dead erupted again.
The relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv was set for Monday, timed to the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel — a move that many Israelis have celebrated but that has enraged Palestinians….
Palestinians outside the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin gather in solidarity with Palestinians being attacked in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, which has been overrun by ISIS fighters.
From top: Vice Chair of IPSC [Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign] Fatin Al Tamimi from Palestine; Nidal Afana, Baraha Afana, Abudllah Afana and Muna Khander and Mohammad Afana; Akef Odwan (left) and Anas Khaled.
Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland, Ahmed Abdelrazek (top) and cross party supporters of efforts to gain international recognition of the State of Palestine at Leinster House.
Politicians and trade union leaders, including Micheal Martin , Gerry Adams and President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions John Douglas, joined the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland, Ahmed Abdelrazek and Sakaka – the Ireland Palestine Alliance at Leinster House today to urge the Irish Government to immediately implement the Dail and Seanad motions to recognise the state of Palestine on 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Outside a Palestinian refugee settlement in Jersualum
That‘s a wall.
But the rest is chain-link.
Simon Plosker from pro-Israeli media watchdog HonestReporting writes::
[author and former diplomat] Eamon Delaney‘s book review for the Irish Independent of one author’s experiences in the Middle East does not appear at first sight to be contentious.
However, it includes the following statements:
‘Her first [Dervla Murphy’s book], entitled A Month by the Sea – Encounters in Gaza, described conditions in the crowded Mediterranean strip of Gaza, which is surrounded by Israel, run by Hamas and sustained by smuggling.’
Gaza is not “surrounded by Israel.” It also has a border with Egypt, which is also blockading the Hamas-controlled Strip.
Referring to the West Bank/Judea & Samaria, Delaney states that the territory is:
‘Surrounded by a huge wall and chopped into zones by the Israeli military.’
Except the area is not “surrounded by a huge wall.” Firstly, considering the territory borders Jordan, it cannot considered to be “surrounded.” Secondly, Israel’s security barrier is not a “huge wall” but is over 95 percent chain link fence.
As for the statement that the territory is “chopped into zones by the Israeli military,” this is also inaccurate.
The territory is divided into Areas A (under full Palestinian Authority civil and security control), B (Palestinian civil control and joint Israeli-Palestinian security control), and C (full Israeli civil and security control). These areas were created not by the IDF but as a result of the Oslo Accords as negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians.
Later, in what we hope is simply a careless typo, Yad Vashem is referred to as “the holocaust museum.” The Holocaust is commonly and correctly spelled with a capital “H” to affirm that it refers to a specific and unique historical event. To spell it with a lower case “h” is simply incorrect and in doing so makes the Holocaust of the Jewish people indistinguishable from other historical genocides.
Ultimately, Eamon Delaney’s book review is an example of how careless and inaccurate language can subtly alter even a relatively neutral piece of writing concerning Israel.