Over 4,000 marched in Ireland this Saturday to demand the expulsion of Israeli Ambassador over war crimes. This comes amidst growing global condemnation of the Israeli attack on Gaza, which has seen mass protests throughout the world. A number of Latin …

Over 4,000 marched in Ireland this Saturday to demand the expulsion of Israeli Ambassador over war crimes. This comes amidst growing global condemnation of the Israeli attack on Gaza, which has seen mass protests throughout the world.

A number of Latin American countries have broken diplomatic ties with Israel, and activists around the world – from the UK to South Africa – are demanding their governments take harsher action against the rogue state, including stopping arms sales and introducing sanctions.

There have also been protests against the media in both the US and UK for their biased portrayal of the conflict, with the Israeli point of view given much more prominence in most mainstream media reports.

The Irish protest was organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and supported by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, SIPTU, Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Gaza Action Ireland, TEEU (The Power Union), Academics for Palestine, Irish Anti-War Movement, Sadaka – The Ireland Palestine Alliance and the Peace and Neutrality Alliance.

IPSC National Coordinator, Kevin Squires, said, “The Minister for Foreign Affairs has made it clear that Ireland will not support any meaningful concrete action aimed at ending either the Israeli onslaught on Gaza or Israeli impunity in general. We find this very disappointing, as Ireland has supported sanctions on other countries in the past, so why not Israel? Therefore we are asking people to join us in bringing our anger to the government and demand they take action that will help end Israel’s occupation and serial violations of international law.”

“The IPSC is asking the government to take several measures, namely: to call for the suspension of Israel from the Euro-Med Agreement; to call for an international and EU arms embargo on Israel; to enact legislation to ban the importation of Israeli goods; and to expel the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland. This is what Palestinian civil society is calling for, and we ask the government to listen to their voices,” Mr Squires said.

Mr Squires concluded by calling on people to join the growing Boycott Israel movement, saying that

“The past weeks have seen an explosion in activity in support of the movement to boycott Israeli products. All over the country, in place like Galway, Westport, Castlebar, Limerick, Cork and Dublin in-store protests have taken place calling for such a boycott. In Dublin there were die-ins in the Jervis and Ilac shopping centres which received huge customer support. Many businesses, notably The Exchequer bar in Dublin, and the whole town of Kinvara have pledged to boycott Israeli products. The trade union of retail workers, Mandate, has called on shops not to sell Israeli goods and last night Irish rugby legend Gordon D’arcy tweeted his support for the boycott campaign. This campaign is growing, and we are asking people to join this movement that says ‘for justice in Palestine, boycott Israeli apartheid.’”

 

 


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