Tag Archives: Palestine


Patrick Costello writes:

Election coverage so far has only dealt with domestic issues, but Ireland has a place in the wider world. Sadaka – The Ireland Palestine Alliance are trying to remind candidates and parties that Palestine Matters and trying to raise Palestine as an election issue.

Sadaka have developed an interactive website for contacting your local candidates with just three clicks of a mouse to express support for our campaign and to remind candidates that Palestine Matters.


Previously: His Mates Go To Krystle


The Palestinian flag flies beside the flag of the United Nations after being raised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a ceremony during the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York September 30, 2015. Even though Palestine is not a member of the United Nations, the General Assembly adopted a Palestinian-drafted resolution that permits non-member observer states to fly their flags alongside those of full member states.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly - RTS2H7D


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.

John Gallen writes:

A great day for Palestine…

Palestinian flag raised at the UN: symbol of ‘hope’ no substitute for a state (Guardian)


“….[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.”

Gut times.

Angela Merkel tells sobbing asylum seeker why she cannot stay in Germany (Guardian)

Thanks John Gallen


This morning.

Eoghan Rice writes:

552 white ribbons on Merrion Square [Dublin] on anniversary of Gaza conflict. 1 ribbon for each child killed…

Yesterday: Growing Up In Gaza


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Sandymount Strand, Sandymount, Dublin 4.

An installation comprising 556 tee-shirts in the sand to commemorate the child deaths in Gaza last year and part of the ongoing Palfest Ireland festival.

(Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie)



Life in Gaza.

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.”

Sumud//Stedfastness’ (Facebook)

Previously: Art For Pal’s Sake


Free July 8-11?

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.

Elaine writes:

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.

PalfestIreland (Facebook)


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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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)