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Former Freedom & Friendship Delegate Daithi Mac Giolla Mhaoil Teaching in West Bank~FOLLOW UPDATES

Posted by on Friday, 7 June, 2013

Daithi as part of IFOP Delegation visiting destroyed school after Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza

Irish Friends of Palestine member Daithi Mac Giolla Mhaoil has just arrived in the West Bank. Supporters may remember Daithi who is a teacher in Belfast and part of our Educational Committee. He was recently in Gaza as part of our last delegation (pictured above in a bombed out school immediately after Operation Pillar of Defense) Today Daithi has just arrived in the the Fawwar Refugee camp near Hebron where he has taken up a teaching position there. He will be posting updates on our Facebook page and here on our website as he reports from the West Bank. We all wish David the best of luck in his new position and look forward to his updates from Occupied Palestine. Here is his first one:

Friends, comrades……..
Yesterday I arrived in Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron in the West Bank. Already the hospitality we have been shown by the Palestinian people who live in the camp has been second to none and we have already been to our first Palestinian wedding. It has also been a real shock, despite already witnessing what conditions Palestinians are forced to live in in Gaza, but also the cramped conditions with water shortages, power cuts and other basic needs shortages within Fawwar also as a result of the Israeli occupation here. Despite this the people are kind, optimistic and their generosity is second to none. Upon arriving in Tel Aviv on Thursday, four of our group, including myself were detained for a number of hours and asked very intrusive questions about what we were going to Palestine to do. It seems that there are those who would even wish to deny education to those who are already oppressed and suffering.
We managed to make it through the check points in Jerusalem and Hebron and are now settled in and ready to teach starting on Sunday.
Wish me luck!

To read David’s report from Gaza after Pillar of Defense, click HERE

“Palestinians For Dignity” Call for Protest Against EU

Posted by on Thursday, 2 August, 2012

Palestinians for Dignity Protest photo:

Palestinian youths said Monday they would organize protests against European Union “complicity” in Israel’s occupation unless Brussels suspended plans to upgrade relations with Israel.
The group, Palestinians for Dignity, called on the EU to freeze a new upgrade of relations with Israel, suspend an existing association agreement until Israel complies with international law, and investigate European companies benefiting from Israel’s occupation and settlement policies.

“Barring meaningful action on the above, the Palestinian youth movement will organize to protest the latest manifestation of EU complicity and to challenge its presence and operations in Palestine,” the group said.

As Palestinian youth, we are tired of the EU’s hypocrisy and its contemptuous policies that use aid and development programs to mask political cowardice and complicity in Israel’s crimes; it has to be made clear that all the financial support going to the PA is futile when the EU offers unconditional political, trade, academic and other forms of support for Israel. The EU’s policies have only served to prolong Israel’s occupation and our oppression. The time has come for EU Member States, and the EU as a whole, to decide—to either demonstrate their support for human rights or continue their support of Israel’s violent occupation and apartheid regime and risk losing not only the Palestinian people but Arab peoples and people of conscience all over the world.

This latest move by the EU is nothing less than outrageous, particularly given the EU’s continuous verbal criticism of Israel’s belligerent settlement plans. This duplicitous behavior epitomizes the reasons why the Palestinian people have no faith in the EU. While some in the Palestinian leadership might have common personal interests with the EU and Israel, the Palestinian people will not accept only hollow words of condemnation.

We should not need to remind the EU that Israel continuously flouts the will of the international community, remains in breach of UN Security Council resolutions, continues to violate its international law (including IHL) obligations, and daily abuses the human rights of the Palestinian people. Whether in its settlement policies, construction of the Apartheid Wall, its ethnic cleansing and “Judaization” of Jerusalem and the Naqab (Negev), its criminal blockade of Gaza, its denial of the UN-sanctioned rights of the Palestinian refugees, its violation of the rights of Palestinian prisoners (including children), its demolition of Palestinian homes, and its countless other illegal policies, Israel is undoubtedly guilty of gross human rights abuses, deserving of condemnation and sanctions, not rewards and benefits.

In its most recent plan Israel has decided to destroy eight Palestinian villages in southern Hebron, displacing more than 1000 Palestinians, in order to have more military training grounds for its soldiers. Rather than taking measures to ensure respect for international law as called for by Common Article 1 of the Geneva Conventions, it seems that EU Member States have decided to reward Israel for its continued abuse of the Palestinian people. Moreover, EU Member States have chosen to completely ignore Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which is designed to deter human rights abuses by clearly stating that EU-Israel ‘’relations shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles which must guide internal and international policy”. These actions can only send one clear message to the Palestinian people – that our rights and lives are trivial, deserving only the occasional lip service but never