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Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Gaza: A Month of Remembrance December 27th 2009 – January 30th

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Wednesday December 30, 2009 14:35author by Freda H - IPSC Report this post to the editors

To remember the horrific events that happened in Gaza in December and January last year, the IPSC has organised a nationwide series of commemoration events - including vigils, film screenings, rallies and boycott actions. We hope you will join us in remember the tragedy that was the Israeli assault on Gaza.
Limerick remembers those murdered in Gaza
Limerick remembers those murdered in Gaza

In December and January last year Israeli warplanes, tanks and missiles struck at Gaza, killing over 1300 people, including hundreds of children, destroying schools and hospitals and thousands of homes. A year later the Israeli blockade of Gaza continues - Palestinians have been unable to rebuild their homes or rebuild their lives.

To remember these horrific events, the IPSC has organised a nationwide series of commemoration events - including vigils, film screenings, rallies and boycott actions. We hope you will join us in remember the tragedy that was the Israeli assault on Gaza.

Remembrance Tree – Limerick
Sunday, December 27th 2009

We will be creating a remembrance tree for the victims of Israel’s attack on Gaza. The idea is to create an artificial tree using an 8 foot length pole into which we will drill holes and place an array of timber dowels of varying length radiating out like branches to form a pyramid tree shape. On to the dowels we will invite members of the public, will tie blue (male) pink (female) and white (children) card cut-outs bearing the names of each of the victims. This will give a visual representation of the number killed and the breakdown of male, female and children. We are hoping to do this in Thomas Street, Limerick city centre on Sunday 27th December. For more info contact Sean at

For full story and details see

Candlelight Vigil – Belfast
Monday, December 28th 2009
A candlelight vigil will be to commemorate the Gaza Invasion Anniversary, in front of Belfast City Hall on Monday 28th December, from 4.30 to 6.30pm.
For full story and details see

Bridge the Gap - Human Chains Nationwide
Thursday, December 31st 2009

In an act of solidarity with the human rights activists taking part in the Gaza Freedom March [1] on 31st December, the IPSC intends to form ‘human chains’ at various locations around the country – similar events will be occurring all around the world on this day and the images will be sent on to Gaza so people can see internationals standing in solidarity with them. We’re asking you to take one hour out of your New Year’s Eve to show your support for the people of Gaza and to remember the more than 1,400 Palestinians who were killed this time last year.

Dublin: In Dublin we are calling on people to gather at 2pm at the Ha’penny Bridge. Please bring Palestinian flags if you have them, and black balloons. We will provide a limited number of flags and balloons on the day. For more info contact Freda at

Cork: For full story and details see

Galway: 3pm, Venue TBC - For more info contact Niamh at or Joseph

Sligo: Hyde bridge from 2pm – 3pm.Thursday, December 31st 2009. For more info contact John at

Kilkenny: Time & Venue, TBC. For more info contact John at

Leitrim: Ballinamore (at the bridge in the town), Co.Leitrim 2pm - 3pm . For more info contact Gerry at 087 6537822

Clare: Scarrif, Co. Clare - 2pm - 3pm. For more info contact Grainne at 061 924888

Derry: For full story and details see

[1] About the Gaza Freedom March: On 31 December, 2009, Irish civilians will be amongst the 1,000 international men and women who will end the year by marching alongside the Palestinian people of Gaza in a non-violent demonstration to demand that Israel end the illegal siege of Gaza. For full details please see:

Children’s Rally: Remember the Children of Gaza - Dublin
Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
Wednesday, 6th January 2010, 2.30pm
During international armed conflicts, children are afforded protection under International Humanitarian Law (IHL), including the Geneva Convention. Children are also protected under international human rights law and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). IHL provides general protection for children as persons taking no part in hostilities and special protection as persons who are especially vulnerable during war and armed conflict.

Last Christmas (Dec 08-Jan09), we all watched in horror the deadly Israeli attacks on Gaza in which 1,415 Palestinians were killed (including 318 children) and over 5,000 injured. On average, 13 children were killed each day of the offensive.

The 6th January 2009 witnessed the highest number of child deaths – 8 children were killed in the attack near al-Fakhoura School in Jabalya refugee camp and dozens of civilians (including many children) were killed in the military operations inside the Tal al Hawa neighbourhood in the south of Gaza city.

Since then, because of the illegal Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, the 1.5 million people of Gaza have been unable to rebuild their lives. No homes or schools have been rebuilt. Most children have no textbooks or school supplies. The water and sewage systems have not been repaired. People are still dying for lack of medical care.

Please join us on 6th January at 2.30pm at the Embassy of Israel to remember the children of Gaza who were killed and injured. We will read the names of the 318 children and our thoughts and prayers will be with them and their families.

We call for justice for the men, women and especially the children of Gaza.

For more info contact Freda at

National Boycott Day of Action
Saturday, 16th January 2010

On Saturday, January 16th the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and our supporters are holding boycott events nationwide, asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being starved by the Israeli government. Along with the IPSC, the following groups are supporting the Day of Action: Anti-War Ireland, éirígí, Federation of Student Islamic Societies, Irish Anti War Movement, Palestinian Rights Initiative, Sinn Fein and UNITE Trade Union.

Dublin: We will be assembling for a short rally @ 2pm at the Spire on O’Connell Street, which will then be followed by us breaking into smaller groups and staging boycott actions at various locations around the city.

Limerick City: Assemble outside Brown Thomas, O’Connell Street @ 2pm. Actions will follow around the city. For more info contact Sean at

Cork City: Assemble at Daunt Square @ 1pm. Actions will follow around the city. For more info contact Freda at

Galway: Details TBC. For more info contact Niamh at or Joseph

Kilkenny: Details TBC. For more info contact John at

If you are interesting in organising a similar event in your area, please contact Freda at

Screenings of "To Shoot an Elephant" (Erased: Wiped Off the Map)
Nationwide Screenings, January 2010

On December 19, 2008 a group belonging to International Solidarity Movement (I.S.M.), departed from Cyprus bound for Palestine. Their objective was to break through the Israeli blockade on the Gaza strip. They were the last group of foreigners that were able to enter in the territory. None of them dreamt what they were going to live through in the following weeks. This film, originally called “Erased: Wiped Off the Map” has been re-edited and retitled “To Shoot An Elephant”.

Galway – Thur 14th Jan - NUIG, Acoustic Room, Aras Na Mac Leinn, 6.30pm

Cork - Mon 18th Jan - UCC, room TBC, 1pm. For more info contact Freda at

Dublin – Mon 18th Jan – Time & Venue TBC. For more info contact Freda at

Public Meetings: “Never Again – To Anybody” - Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer speaks in favour of Boycotting Israel
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th January 2010

Holocaust survivor, author and activist Hajo Meyer will speak will be speaking about why he feels a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel is both necessary and justified.

Belfast on Friday 29th January in the Grosvenor Hall, 5 Glengall Street, 7.30pm. For more info contact Freda at

Dublin on Saturday 30th January in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 at 6pm

These will be the final events in the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s ‘Gaza: A Month of Remembrance” program, and are taking place during Holocaust Memorial Week.

About Dr. Meyer:

Dr. Hajo G. Meyer was born in 1924 in Bielefeld, Germany. Not allowed to attend school there after November 1938, he fled to the Netherlands, alone. In I944, after a year in the underground, he was caught and subsequently survived 10 months in Auschwitz death camp. He lives in the Netherlands, where he works as publicist and essayist. A member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), Hajo Meyer is on the board of the Dutch group “A Different Jewish Voice”, part of the coalition of European Jews for Just Peace. He is the author of three books, on Judaism, the holocaust and Zionism.

An interview with Dr. Meyer can be read here:

Other Campaigns & Activities

1) Letter Writing Campaign

We plan to have a constant flow of letters going to the Irish media during the month of January raising the issue of Gaza. Ken is coordinating the campaign and interested people to email him at for further information.

2) Media link ups Irish people going to Gaza

We plan to provide the Irish media with Irish, Palestinian and Israeli spokespeople who will be taking part in the Gaza Freedom March and Viva Palestina Convoy. The aim is to generate maximum coverage both to highlight the ongoing siege and the attempts to break it, and of course to ensure that the media spotlight is on these brave volunteers in order to protect them.

3) Gaza GAA Club

As a result of the efforts of Irish activist John Hurson, the first Gazan GAA club was recently established. The club has Professor Noam Chomsky and GAA legend Peter Canavan as its presidents, and as part of the aid traveling on the Viva Palestina convoy, the GAA have donated goalposts, jerseys, and training videos for the children in Gaza who have taken up the sport of Gaelic games.
For further information, please contact John Hurson: 07875 396335 /

4) Launch of Education Document on Gaza
During the Month of Remembrance we will be launching our new education document on Gaza, written by Daniel Finn the IPSC Development Education Officer. Please check the IPSC website in the near future for full details of this launch.
Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign – 01 6770253 –

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National Day of Boycott Jan 16th
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Hajo Meyer
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Free Gaza, Free Palestine
Free Gaza, Free Palestine

author by Freda H - IPSCpublication date Wed Dec 30, 2009 14:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Derry Anti-War Coalition will be holding a candlelit vigil for Gaza in the Diamond at 4pm on Thursday 31st. All supporters in the north west urged to attend.

The purposes of the vigil are: to show solidarity with the Viva Palestina convoy, in which five men sponsored by the DAWC are taking part; to protest against the continuing vicious siege of Gaza by Israel with Egyptian, US and EU connivance; and to commit ourselves in 2010 to campaign for the boycott of Israeli goods and the withdrawal of investment supported by, among many, many others, the Irish Congress of Trades Unions.

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author by David Landy - IPSCpublication date Wed Dec 30, 2009 15:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

One more important addition. The IPSC is handing in a letter of protest to the Egyptian embassy tomorrow in response to their refusal to allow 1300 solidarity activists into Gaza.

The event will take place after the demonstration at the ha'penny bridge at 2 pm. We will be at the Egyptian Embassy at 12 Clyde road at 3.30 pm tomorrow, 31 December.

Please come along to one or both of the events and tell people you know about them. It is vital to show solidarity with the people of Gaza, and to let the Egyptian government know the outrage their actions are provoking.


author by Kev - IPSC (pers cap)publication date Wed Dec 30, 2009 15:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

March for Gaza in Galway
Date(s): 1 Jan 2010

Time(s): 2:00PM

Area: Galway

Venue: Library, West Side

We want to commemorate the dead in Gaza due to Israeli 'Cast Lead" war last year.( More than 1,400 dead, of which 370 were children, 5,000 badly injured and 350,000 left homeless).

On the 1st Jan 2010 we will assemble at the Library in West Side at 2pm. We will then march peacefully via Cathedral to Shop St and on to Spanish Arch.Some groups want to pose on bridges, we may do this on Salmon Weir Bridge?? open to suggestions.

Please bring Palestinian flags banners and placards.

Sheik Khalid from the mosque in Galway is advising all his congregation to support the march.

People of all religions and none are all welcome.

The Viva Palestina Convoy of 250 vehicles, 500 people from 20 different countries are still stuck in the Port of Aqaba in Jordan as the Egyptians will not let them enter Egypt! 15 members of the convoy started a hunger strike yesterday, more are to join them today. Please pass this on to your friends and family we need as many people as possible in this Peace march to show our solidarity with the children and families in Gaza who are still suffering one year later with nothing but broken promises!

Any suggestions or ideas welcome.

Contact Treasa:

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author by Pat M.publication date Wed Dec 30, 2009 16:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Founder of Women for Palestine and co-founder of Australians for Palestine in Melbourne, Australia, Sonja Karkar writes powerfully in Counterpunch: This is Gaza: a population of 1.5 million people kept in formaldehyde by Israel’s crippling siege. It is a human catastrophe that has many enablers. World leaders have shut their eyes to the crimes witnessed and documented countless times over by human rights groups. World media continuously sidesteps the truth and deliberately ignores international efforts to highlight the humanitarian crisis. Together they are complicit in Israel’s dehumanisation of a people ... They came one cold December day. Not fearless warriors but fearsome hoardes hell-bent on destruction of the genocidal kind that leaves no room for regeneration. That was one year ago in Gaza ... Dead bodies do not lie and neither do the maimed and the disfigured. Thousands have been left to make sense of the horrors they saw and the hollow aftermath to which they have been abandoned. Landscapes of rubble as far as the eye can see are still testament to the homes once standing in villages and towns, the homeless now huddled in tents while they wait one year on for materials to re-build. Little food, contaminated water, rationed fuel and electricity and the barest of medical supplies are just more of many cruel and wanton deprivations pushing Palestinian society to the limits of endurance.

As decent and honourable citizens of the world, we too need to speak out in shame at what we have allowed to occur for far too long. Terrible crimes have been committed and some predict that even more terrible ones are to come. The reality is that all along we have been witnessing a slow genocide and we have allowed guilt, pragmatism and self-interest to stand in the way of our common humanity. The world needs to say “enough” and refuse to indulge Israel’s Zionist leaders and advocates whose free ride has taken them to the heady heights of arrogance. That universal effort needs to begin before the bitter winter freezes any kind of hope in Gaza and it needs to be sustained for as long as it takes to free all of Palestine. Anything less, will hasten a 21st century genocide.

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author by paul o toolepublication date Wed Dec 30, 2009 19:51author email pauljotoole at eircom dot netauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

I wrote this tune last year as Gaza's civilians were being treated to the worst of what mankind is capable of in the name of 'peace' by other nations describing themselves as being 'democractic'.....
Israel cannot and should not be allowed to condemn Hitler or the Nazi's, while comitting genocide on palistinians without being condemned also as a hypocrite. As Bush rolled out his 'roadmap for peace' to deal with what they called the 'disputed' territories... he sent 12 F-14's to help. Billions of US dollars are given annually to Israel in what is described as aid, when the aid is spent on weapons.

Shannon airport is a vital tool in the destruction of the Palistinians and there country. Mary O'Rourke signed the paperwork to allow rocket engines pass through Shannon en-route to Israel.
Triggers for clusterbombs and landmines are manufactured in Galway. In Croke Park last year Minister Martin signed a ban on manufacture and transport of such weapons, and hailed the move as a 'definitave' step foreward.
All our politicians say they are for peace and trade on the notion that Northern Irelands conflict puts them in a unique place to understand conflict...yet they never condemn Isralei, United States, British or Irish violence against the Palistinians.

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