Israel has launched at least 16 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip since last night. This is the third such assault since the end of the war on Gaza last summer which killed over 2100 Palestinians, including 500 children. This is unacceptable and the Irish government should hold Israel accountable.
In April the Association of International Development Agencies, which includes Oxfam, Save the Children and the Norwegian People’s Aid, called for a suspension of arms transfers to Israel and the revocation of arms export licenses as an urgent requirement to address the root cause of repeated wars and benefit Israelis and Palestinians alike. The aid agencies also called on EU countries to use the EU-Israel Association Agreement as a form of pressure on Israel until it meets its international obligations. They explicitly asked governments to issue clear guidance to national companies, state-owned companies and pension and investment funds, to ensure they do not invest in companies involved in Israeli violations of international law.
Richard Boyd Barrett said: “This latest attack on Gaza must be condemned by the international community. We cannot stand by silently while Israel unleashes further devastation on a civilian population which is still recovering from the unspeakable horrors of Israel’s bombing campaign last summer.
Just last week the World Bank said that Gaza’s economy is on the verge of collapse. Its unemployment rate is the highest in the world and 100,000 people are still homeless because Israel bombed their houses into smithereens.
Have people in Gaza not suffered enough from these assaults and from the seven year Israeli blockade? It really is obscene we continue to deal with Israel as though it were a normal state.
As a matter of priority, Ireland should lead by example and follow the guidelines issued by the Association of International Development Agencies last month in its report on the situation in Gaza. That means issuing clear guidelines to divest from companies involved in the Israeli occupation, and linking trade to accountability. Our government should act immediately. “
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Ibrahim Halawa, a 19 year old Dublin born man has been imprisoned, without the right to a fair trial, for nearly 2 years for peacefully protesting in Egypt. Mr Halawa (19) goes on trial on Sunday along with 493 others involved in protests in Cairo against the Egyptian authorities.
He was arrested along with three of his sisters on August 17th, 2013, and has been in Egyptian custody since. His three sisters have been released
Below is a video of Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit calls on Irish government to call for his release and to condemn mass trial and possibility of execution of Irish citizen.
A protest takes place today at 2pm at Department of Foreign Affairs, Iveagh House, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
Forum to discuss Palestinian Statehood to take place in Dublin tomorrow on both one and two state solutions
A forum will take place in Dublin tomorrow, from 10am to 1.30pm in Wynns Hotel that will look at the issue of Palestinian statehood in terms of the two state solution and the not often talked about one state solution. The event takes place at the beginning of Israeli Apartheid Week 2015 which is being marked by a number of events worldwide.
The forum will also be addressed by Palestinian academic Dr. Ibrahim Natil and Jewish author and critic of Zionism, John Rose.
All media are invited to attend.
Richard Boyd Barrett speaks on US military and CIA use of Shannon airport
People Before Profit shares the near universal revulsion at the horrific murder of Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris last week. There can be no justification for this awful act.
People Before Profit, which is strongly anti-racist and respects people’s rights to their religious beliefs would criticise many of the cartoons that appeared recently in Charlie Hebdo, some of which were deliberately offensive to Muslim people, but this in no way excuses this atrocity.
Unfortunately this dreadful event is being used and exploited by various ‘leaders’ and rulers to present themselves as defenders of free speech and freedom in general when they are anything but.
The demonstration in Paris was attended, absolutely legitimately, by a million French citizens but it was led by a group of leaders that included some of the world’s worst tyrants and violators of freedom of speech. These included the Prime Minister of Turkey which regularly jails journalists just for mentioning the Kurdish struggle, the Foreign Secretary of Egypt which recently sentenced 500 people to death and is imprisoning Al Jazeera journalists, Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel which killed numerous journalist in Gaza last year, and the Foreign Minister of Bahrain which both jails and tortures journalists.
Nor do we accept the right of the French Government, or the so-called ‘West’ as a whole, to claim to be the embodiment of freedom. France has a long history of imperialist oppression of North African and Middle Eastern peoples, and there are currently high levels of racism in France often reinforced by the French state. And ‘the West’, led by the United States, has created the context for these awful reactions by means of repeated interventions and wars on Muslim countries which have claimed far .more innocent lives than all terrorist atrocities put together. Continue reading
Speaking in the Dáil today, during question time with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett once again called on the government to end the use of Shannon airport by US military.
There has been an intensification of US airstrikes in the Middle East with several strikes in particular in recent weeks in the Kobani region on the Turkish- Syrian border.
Richard Boyd Barrett TD said, “Incredibly after the last US war in the Middle East with the loss of a million lives in Iraq and widespread destruction in the region, Ireland is supporting yet another US bombing campaign by its facilitation of military plans and personnel at Shannon airport.
Against a background of another disastrous decision by the US to bomb Syria and Iraq, this government is supporting US efforts by still refusing to at least search planes passing through Shannon airport.”
In 2003 Deputy Boyd Barrett was one of the organisers of one of the biggest demonstrations in Irish history against the planned US war in Iraq and at that time the predictions about the loss of life were an estimated 50,000. An estimated 1 million people were killed in the US campaign.
The People Before Profit TD further stated: “Even with the disastrous consequences we have seen in Iraq and in Afghanistan, the US is going full steam ahead into another war with no regard for the consequences, shoring up support for IS in the region. A dangerous cocktail is being fermented by US actions”.
“How can the Minister and the government justify US troops using Shannon to go to another bloody war without even searching the planes and merely relying on assurances. Relying on assurances from the same country that told us there ware weapons of mass destruction to justify going into Iraq is hugely irresponsible”. Continue reading