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Adi, 7, receives her first vaccination last night in Tel Aviv, Israel after the country approved vaccinations for children aged 5-11

This morning.

Via RTÉ:

Israel has begun rolling out Covid-19 vaccines for children aged five to 11, becoming one of a handful of countries to inoculate children so young as it seeks to ward off another pandemic wave.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said the country is experiencing a “children’s wave” with about half of the recently confirmed cases among children below the age of 11.

While the campaign for younger minors was set to officially start today, doses were already being administered by last night.

Israel vaccinates children as young as five against Covid (RTÉ)



Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet at COP26 yesterday

This afternoon.

Via RTÉ News:

As of 8am, there were 493 people in hospital with the virus, down 22 on the same time yesterday.

Of these, 90 were in intensive care units, down one from yesterday.

Mr Martin said the use of antigen testing is increasing and if people “collectively remain cautious we can avoid the need to have a backward return to restrictions”.

The Health Service Executive said it has issued by post 6,976 antigen test kits to people who are close contacts of a confirmed case.

Mr Martin also said he spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, who told him that Israel’s booster campaign had been “very successful and impactful” on the latest wave of the virus there.

Mr Martin said that “no one can guarantee anything”, but the vaccines work and Ireland was in a different position to last year.

Rise in Covid-19 cases ‘very concerning’ – Martin (RTÉ)




Sally Rooney brought to book over Normal People’s publication in China (The Times)

Previously: Lost In Translation



 Sally Rooney


This afternoon.

Via Sally Rooney:

“Firstly, I was very proud to have my previous two novels translated into Hebrew by Katyah Benovits. I would like to thank everyone involved in the publication of those books for supporting my work. Likewise, it would be an honour for me to have my latest novel translated into Hebrew and available to Hebrew-language readers. But for the moment, I have chosen not to sell these translation rights to an Israeli-based publishing house.

“Earlier this year, the international campaign group Human Rights Watch published a report entitled ‘A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution’. That report, coming on the heels of a similarly damning report by Israel’s most prominent human rights organization B’Tselem, confirmed what Palestinian human rights groups have long been saying: Israel’s system of racial domination and segregation against Palestinians meets the definition of apartheid under international law.

“The Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a Palestinian-led, anti-racist and nonviolent grassroots campaign calling for an economic and cultural boycott of complicit Israeli companies and institutions in response to the apartheid system and other grave human rights violations. It is modelled on the economic and cultural boycott that helped to end apartheid in South Africa.

“Of course, many states other than Israel are guilty of grievous human rights abuses. This was also true of South Africa during the campaign against apartheid there. In this particular case, I am responding to the call from Palestinian civil society, including all major Palestinian trade unions and writers’ unions.

“I understand that not everyone will agree with my decision, but I simply do not feel it would be right for me under the present circumstances to accept a new contract with an Israeli company that does not publicly distance itself from apartheid and support the UN-stipulated rights of the Palestinian people.

“The Hebrew-language translation rights to my new novel are still available, and if I can find a way to sell these rights that is compliant with the BDS movement’s institutional boycott guidelines, I will be very pleased and proud to do so. In the meantime I would like to express once again my solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality. Thank you.”


This morning.



Translation: When God was doling out brains, you were asleep.



This morning.

Butt Bridge, Dublin 1.

Labour TD Ivana Bacik joined Palestinian children living in Ireland to launch a new campaign to highlight ‘the difficulties, dangers and dread that Palestinian children face as they go back to school in their towns and villages’, organised by Sadaka, The Ireland Palestine Alliance  and Defence for Children International Palestine (DCI).









This afternoon.

Iveagh House, St Stephen’s Green, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2.

Members of the Trinity Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Campaign outside the Department of Foreign Affairs, where they also occupied the foyer for two hours. The Trinity College group is calling for a boycott of Israeli goods and further sanctions following recent violence in Gaza.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews


O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

A protest in solidarity with the Palestinian people, part of a global day of action called in response to the recent escalation of violence that has left more than 250 dead.





Pro-Palestine protestors march from the Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 to the Israel Embassy, Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Saturday was is Nakba Day, commemorating the displacement of a majority of the Palestinian people from their homeland, and observed on the date after the state of Israel was established in 1948.

Israel Gaza conflict: Netanyahu says strikes to ‘continue at full force’ (BBC)