The Palestinian flag beside the flag of the United Nations after being raised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a ceremony during the UN General Assembly at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York.
“….[today] as Merkel met a group of 14- to 17-year-olds in the gymnasium of their school in the northern city of Rostock.
During the discussion, entitled “Good Life in Germany”, Reem, a Palestinian, told Merkel in fluent German that she and her family, who arrived in Rostock from a Lebanese refugee camp four years ago, are soon to face deportation.”
Merkel responded by saying she understood, but that “politics is sometimes hard. You’re right in front of me now and you’re an extremely sympathetic person. But you also know in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are thousands and thousands and if we were to say you can all come … we just can’t manage it.”
Captured by children living in Gaza whose photographs form part of ‘Sumud // Steadfastness’, a three-part exhibition at Filmbase, Cruved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin starting tomorrow until July 9 as part of PalFest Ireland.
William Hederman writes:
The children, aged six to 11, were given cameras and tutored by Belgian photographer Asmaa Seba in 2012/13. “Photography has always been a tool to express feelings whether anger, happiness or hopes and dreams,” says Seba. “Most of the children I worked with have lost their parents or a family member and have witnessed it, so they have trouble speaking and expressing themselves.”
1. Rami Abu Jalila: “I try to learn French, it’s a beautiful language, I love to watch the Eiffel Tower, I know about its story, I dream to visit it some day when I will grow up.”
2. Wallah Abu Musa: “I miss my parents, I go every Friday to visit their grave with my brother Mahmoud and I tell them how my week was, I even told mum about you and how you make us laugh when you try to speak Arabic, I wish they were alive so that they will meet you.”
3. Wallah Abu Musa: “I used to sleep with my mum, after she was killed, I started to sleep with Sumsum, my crazy cat.”
4. Nada Awad: “My father must travel with my uncle to Egypt because he is sick and he needs a treatment there but they always have to wait at the Rafah border because it’s often closed.”
5. Wallah Abu Musa: “I like to go to the beach with my family and play, I want to learn how to swim like a fish.”
PalFest Ireland is an arts festival in Dublin and nationwide – organised by Irish artists in solidarity with the people of Palestine.
It will mark the first anniversary of the bombing of Gaza that left over 2200 Palestinians dead, including more than 500 children.
PalFest Ireland is a lively, diverse, positive and culturally rich arts festival involving artists across a broad range of artforms. The festival includes music, theatre, film, dance, poetry, spoken word and visual arts events in many venues in Dublin and nationwide to promote a cultural connection between Ireland and Palestine [full line up at link below
PalFest Ireland will open on the morning of Wednesday 8th July with an art installation on Sandymount Strand comprising 556 infant vests on uprights, representing the number of children killed in Gaza a year ago. On the morning of Saturday 11th July, the last day of PalFest Ireland, there will be a fun family football match in the same place with well-known Irish sport stars, changing the beach from a place of death and lament to what it should be – a place of life and play.
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.
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.