Irish Friends of Palestine Issues Statement for Mobilization

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A Day at the Beach in Gaza....

The Israeli ground assault on the people of Gaza is the latest crime against a trapped people in an open air prison who have been confined, denied food or medicine and other everyday necessities and periodically bombed by one of the largest and best equipped armies in the world.

Sinead MacLochlainn Founder of Irish Friends of Palestine speaking today said:

“For many years we in Irish Friends of Palestine have worked to mitigate the suffering caused by the Siege of Gaza and to support Palestinian freedom. During that time, Irish Friends of Palestine and many other groups have been able to call on huge support from the Irish people.”

“In recent days we have seen in all parts of Ireland, on street corners, public squares and even on the floor of Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament) the Irish people have spoken out again to condemn Israeli atrocities.”

“But tonight, Israel has stepped up its violence, it has unleashed a massive firestorm on the people of Gaza. We all need to step up our response.”

“Regular people ask “What can we do?” The answer is we should all immediately commit ourselves to active full support of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions campaign against the Zionists regime.

People have a natural “want” to give, when they see Palestinians suffering. The truth is if you ask Palestinians what they want, they want the blockade lifted. Giving aid won’t lift the blockade, given the 1.7 million Palestinians in Gaza it’s a drop in the bucket. However, there is a much greater tool we have. Capable of forcing the Israelis to end their apartheid nature and to lift the siege can actually come about with world solidarity in support of the BDS campaign. Let us in Ireland support this.

BDS brought down the old Apartheid South African regime and it can bring down the Apartheid Israeli Regime as well and open the gates of Rafah. When regular people see the name “Made in Israel” and they immediately drop that package back onto the shelf, or go to the Manager and tell them to stop stocking Israel goods and explains why, that is when we can make a real and lasting difference for the people of Palestine.”

So in the coming days let’s do what we can.

Wherever we have an audience – let us tell them about Palestine including our friends…

Wherever we have influence – let us encourage others to join the BDS Campaign.

“We can all contact elected representatives and demand that they work to remove the special trading arrangements that Israel is given by the European Union.”

“We should demand our Government take action against those Israeli Intelligence agencies who stole Irish passports and used them to commit the extra-judicial murder of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, in Dubai.”

“We should all demand that our law enforcement agencies immediately arrest any Israeli who sets foot on Irish soil who has participated in war crimes such as the targeting of children as they play on a beach or the bombing of hospitals like El Wafa.”

“Remember, we all have a role to play; As a great Irishman said: ” No part is too great or too small, no one is too old or too young to do something.”

ENDS

Fulla Shuhaibar (10) Jihad Shuhaibar (8) and Waseem Shuhaibar (7) Killed by israel today

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