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The ‘BDS blacklist’ was released by Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry

On Sunday, Israel published a full list of organisations whose activists will be barred from entering the country.

Judith Goldberger writes:

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign are rated along with Code Pink. They should be proud…


Israel Publishes BDS Blacklist: These Are the 20 Groups Whose Members Will Be Denied Entry (Haaretz)

Israel’s blacklist of human rights orgs is appalling, anti-democratic, and a badge of honour for BDS (Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign)

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John Gallen writes:

Found this guy, Corey Gil-Shuster on the tube and his ‘The Ask Project’ where people send in questions, and the guy asks randomers (Israeli and / Palestinians in Israel) for answers…

Happy drunks with an aversion to horrible conquerors.

Fair enough, in fairness.


Last night.

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.

(Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland)


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.

This afternoon.

Sasko writes:

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.

False flag attack in 2…3…4.

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

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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.


Irish Independent Gets Careless With the Facts (HonestReporting)

Dervla Murphy on life on the ground in the West Bank (Eamon Delaney, Irish Independent)

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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, travelled to Ramallah to meet with Rami Hamdallah, Palestinian Prime Minister (ytop) and to Tel Aviv  to see Israel’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman to discuss the stalled Middle East Peace Process and Ireland’s relations with the region.

Mr Flanagan announced funding of €4.7 million to UN agencies as part of Ireland’s programme of assistance to the Palestinian people.

(DFA/Photocall ireland)

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From top: Wael Najjar holding his brother Fares; their home in Gaza; Shahd Al Najja, one of ten people living in the tent (centre).

The ‘Irish In Gaza’ write:

How far is it to Bethlehem – not very far. 61 miles to be exact.

The light from inside gives the makeshift tent a beautiful orange glow against the darkening cobalt of the Palestine night. Winter-clear stars spangle in the frosty Gaza sky and the fronds of palm trees, visible in silhouette, give a ubiquity to the scene – one familiar to Christians the world over. All is calm, all is bright – but this belies the reality of the situation.

Inside the flimsy shelter – ineffectual against the Middle Eastern winter winds and rain, a baby, just a few weeks old is asleep in the arms of his mother. Her face is careworn, she has been crying.

The Al Najjar family of two adults and eight children were driven from their home that now lies in ruins beside where they have taken refuge in the mish mash structure of corrugated metal, UN food sacks, sheets of plastic and wooden pallets.

During the summer’s onslaught, they fled with the clothes on their back and all they could carry – not much – to the refuge of a UN school. Now these possessions, and little more, are all that they have.

With over 110,000 similar cases, the UN are finding it hard to provide adequate aid to all those who need it. Less than 2% of the donor aid donated by the international community has made it into Gaza, sitting instead on the border; caught up in political wrangles including demands for pathological monitoring of every item that enters Gaza.

This is despite the fact that Israel’s siege of Gaza, now in its 7th year, is illegal under international law. Besides the lack of food, clothes, bedding, electricity and water – the much trumpeted reconstruction of Gaza is an illusion – the UN’s Shelter Cluster have said it will take more than 20 years to rebuild Gaza at the current rate.

Meanwhile, in the deep mid-winter, while frosty wind makes moan, baby Fares Al Najjar has no crib for a bed – he sleeps on a mattress on the cold ground, huddled with the rest of his family.

And across 60 miles and 2000 years, we are certain that Jesus wept.

The ‘Irish In Gaza’ is a number of Irish volunteers on the ground supporting people (including the Najjar family) displaced by fighting in Gaza. They wish to remain anonymous.

Pics: Anne Paq and Irish In Gaza.