Thursday 4 July 2024

'End US Complicity in Israel’s Genocide' protest TODAY at AmCham 4th July Gala Event with Simon Harris

 TOMORROW 4th JULY the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, supported by over a number of other solidarity groups, is holding a demonstration at the Clayton Burlington Hotel on Sussex Road.

 

 – calling for an end to Apartheid Israel’s genocidal assault on the people of Gaza;

 – calling for the US government to end their funding and facilitation of the ongoing genocide;

 – calling for US multinational companies to end their complicity and profiteering from the genocide;

 – calling for the Irish government to take concrete action at national, EU and UN levels to hold Israel accountable;

 – and calling for an inspection regime to ensure that weapons or military tech are not being transported to Apartheid Israel via Irish airspace

 

Campaigners will assemble at 11am outside the Clayton Burlington Hotel on Sussex Roadand will line both sides of the street with at least 30 metres of red banners in a highly visual protest that will appeal to photographers and videographers aliketo symbolise the non-existent “red line” that US President Biden promised would be crossed if the Israeli state attacked the tent encampments of Rafah where hundreds of thousands of refugees sought shelter.

 

Speakers at the rally will include former RTÉ producer Betty PurcellConall Ó Dufaigh of Teachers for Palestine, Martin O’Quigley of the IPSC, and Zak Hania, a Palestinian-Irish survivor of the genocide, who recently lost yet more members of his family.

 

IPSC National Chairperson Zoë Lawlor said: “In March, US President Biden warned of a ‘red line’ if Israel attacked the refugee camps of Rafah. Israel proceeded to bomb the refugee camps, burning dozens of Palestinians alive, and destroyed hospitals and murdered medical staff. Millions face famine, and there are sickening reports of widespread torture in Israeli prisons. It is clear that there never was a ‘red line’. The US government continues to fund and facilitate a livestreamed genocide, and US multinational corporations continue to profit from it. This is nothing to celebrate.”

 

Ms Lawlor concluded: “Instead of attending this celebratory Gala event, we call upon the Taoiseach to use every means at the Irish government's disposal to stop the genocide and to hold the Israeli state to account - including sanctions on Israel, and ensuring Irish airspace isn't used to transport weapons or military technolohgy to the genoical apartheid state of Israel.”

 

The event is organised by the IPSC, and endorsed by Academics for Palestine, Dublin 4 Gaza, Irish Anti-War Movement, Gaza Action Ireland, Pals for Palestine, Psychologists for Palestine, Teachers for Palestine, and more to be announced.

Tuesday 2 July 2024

SARS-CoV-2 is surging globally: Demand the reinstatement of universal masking in healthcare now

 Today's Indo article👇

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/tess-finch-lees-were-drowning-in-a-wave-of-covid-but-hospitals-arent-even-insisting-on-masks/a504621681.html

Extracts:

"Why is the HSE’s IPC hospital guidance so at odds with the science? Why has it not been updated to include the World Health Organisation’s “indoor airborne risk assessment” findings? Instead, former IPC lead, Professor Martin Cormican’s publicly expressed “anti-mask” stance seems baked into HSE guidance.

The European Centre for Disease Control recently reported almost 44,000 patients contracting infections, predominately SARS-CoV-2, in Irish hospitals, ranking Ireland as having one of the lowest levels of hospital masking in Europe. French and UK hospitals have reinstated mask mandates.


Meanwhile, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has washed his hands of all responsibility".


".....The BMJ, the British Medical Association’s journal, reported “unequivocal evidence that SARS2 is airborne”, noting: “[Hospital] infections occur despite strict contact and droplet precautions and reduce when airborne precautions are added.” Respirator masks are a vital IPC tool.


Last week, a study found that when Swiss hospitals switched to a more stringent mask policy “the percentage of healthcare-associated infections subsequently declined”. 


"...Medica haven't been informed of more than 400,000 studies documenting the harm caused by SARS2 infections. That a recent study revealed people who recovered from "mild" Covid lose around three IQ points, a further two IQ points on reinfection and that another recent peer-reviewed study showed that 90pc of long-Covid patients had mild or asymptomatic initial infections" 


"Given the extent of known harms, no informed doctor should ever refuse a patient’s request to don a respirator mask so they can access healthcare safely.


While patients and staff breathe disease-laden hospital air, occupants of Leinster House breathe fresh air pumped in at 10 exchanges per hour. Everyone’s vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2, especially our vulnerable.


Politicians and their lackeys gave us permission to stop caring about them. We grabbed it. We traded our humanity and health for brunch and lipstick".



Stay safe: Mask up, crack open windows, meet outdoors, stay at home when sick & get boosted if you can. Do it for yourself, your loved ones & your community 💓






Tuesday 11 June 2024

Going off-piste: Our winter in lockdown hell with nothing but fellow sheep to keep us company...

Year 5 of the pandemic & something extraordinary is happening. Words have taken on new meaning, pivoting to the politically manufactured pretend "reality" Being the only one in a room wearing  a mask in the middle of an airborne pandemic = following the herd, constant sickness = normal, not wanting to be constantly sick & making others sick = abnormal, advocating for clean air in schools & refusing to consent to your child being forcibly infected with a level 3 biohazard - repeatedly = a referral to social services 😬

Ice breaker 😍



Will he or won't he...🤔


No messing about: Ice bath ala Wim Hof 💪👇


Off-piste 😬


"Are you still alive?" 😄


Smores & hot cocoa o' clock 😊


Cook up of freshly caught fish by the lake, followed by an evening dip - not for the faint hearted 🥶



Forest bathing & mucking about!


Living in fear 👇


Swinging it!


Lovely sunsets 






Leo Varadkar launches affordable eco housing plan 👇


Happy birthday to the strongest, kindest, smartest. most talented human I know. I want to be like you when I grow up 💗💞😎 Celebrated outdoors (in December) with friends, firepit, blankets, hot dogs, smores & campfire jamming & sing songing



Home ed cookery: Chocolate chip cookies. They look scrummy but they'd crack your teeth


Home ed music 😎


Living in fear: No wetsuits for these sheep taking a lakeside evening dip - there were lots!


Rain doesn't stop cool kids/sheep hanging on the moors. Rumor has it a picnic was had 😍


You're never too old to climb a tree

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First Soda bread I've made this winter, accompanied by our homemade crab apple jelly. Yum!


Home made scones - with & without cocaine....If you're not a Father Ted fan, you won't get that 🤷


Construction workers building Leo Varadkar's affordable housing


Cat napping 😻

Last Spring: Skinning a pigeon for the pot. Caught with a sling shot👇


Living in fear last winter too - in France & Spain.


It looks like he's relaxed but underneath this cool, calm, happy exterior, living in fear & being deprived of constant sickness is really taking its toll 😎


Teen woodland shenanigans 👇

Posting self composed riffs on Indaband & watching the claps pour in 😍😎💪⭐


Squeezing freshly picked oranges from the tree outside for breakfast. Last winter in Spain 


Wild swimming in a remote river & waterfall in Spain


Winter is the best time to visit castles: Drawbridge up!



Teens getting water in their wellies - coz they're sheep


Our cat posing on the garden wall outside the kitchen window 😻

Breaking: One of Santa's elves spotted on castle grounds 😍

















Friday 17 May 2024

National March for Palestine to take place in Dublin TOMORROW Saturday 18th May

March will commemorate the Palestinian Nakba and call for Irish government to sanction Israel for genocide

Tomorrow, Saturday 18th May the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, supported by over 100 Irish civil society groups, is holding a National Demonstration for Palestine – calling for an end to Israel’s genocidal assault on the people of Gaza, and for the Irish government to take action to hold Israel accountable. It will be the sixth such national mobilisation since October - all of which have seen tens of thousands flood Dublin's streets. This march will also commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba ('Catastrophe'), the ethnic cleansing of over 750,000 Indigenous Palestinians from their homeland between 1947 and 1949 so that the Apartheid State of Israel could be forcibly created.

Protestors will assemble at 1pm at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square, and will march from there to Leinster House for a rally outside the Dáil.

Special guest speaker at the rally will be Lubnah Shomali of BADIL - Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights. Other speakers include Zoë Lawlor IPSC Chairperson, Zak Hania who was until recently the last Irish citizen trapped in Gaza, Walaa Ajjawi a Palestinian refugee woman living in Ireland, and Jenny Maguire, President-elect of TCD Students' Union speaking about the student encampment movement for Palestine.

There will also be a musical performance by Leen and Latif, a Cork-based Palestinian/Moroccan musical duo. Christina Collins, Committee member of the Cork branch of IPSC will MC the event.

There will be a disability access point at the intersection of D'Olier St and College Green. The end of the march will also see a children's creative arts space hosted by Creative Arts Therapists for Palestine. 

Note: The event is organised by the IPSC, and the full list of endorsing organisations are Gaza Action Ireland, A4 Sounds, Academics for Palestine, Adult Education Tutors for Palestine, Afri – Action from Ireland, Animal Rebellion Ireland, Apartheid-Free Arts, Art in Solidarity, Balbriggan Palestine Solidarity, Bloody Sunday Trust, Bray & District Council of Trade Unions, Cairde Palestine, Cairdeas Falasteen Chonamara, Centre for Global Education, Clare Solidarity Network, Climate Camp Ireland, Comhlámh, Comhlámh Justice for Palestine, Communincation Workers Union, Community Action Tenants Union – CATU, Cork Families 4 Palestine, Cork Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Cross-Cultural Conversations, Disability Power Ireland, Drogheda Stands with Palestine, Dublin 4 Gaza, Dublin Bay North for All, Dublin Council of Trade Unions, Dublin Ecofeminist Collective, Dublin LGBTQ Pride, Dublin Vegfest, Dún Laoghaire for Palestine, East Wall Here for All, Ecojustice Ireland, Financial Justice Ireland, Foyle Pride, Friends of the Earth – Ireland, GCN – Gay Community News, Grandfathers Against Racism, Independent Workers’ Union, Ireland Palestine Mental Health Network, Irish Anti-War Movement, Irish Artists for Palestine, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Irish Creative Arts Therapists for Palestine, Irish Farmers for Palestine, Irish Football Fans Against Israeli Apartheid, Irish Lawyers for Palestine, Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, Irish Occupational Therapists for Palestine, Irish Pakistani Community Network, Irish Second-Level Students’ Union, Irish Social Workers and Social Care Workers for Palestine, Irish Sport for Palestine, Jews for Palestine – Ireland, Kairos Ireland, Kashmir Peace and Solidarity Council Ireland, Kerry Friends of Palestine, Killorglin 4 Palestine, Kinvara Palestine Support Group, Lawyers Against Racism, Le Cheile – Diversity Not Division, Left Bloc, Mandate, Maynooth Student’s Union, Mothers Against Genocide, Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, Mullingar 4 All, National Animal Rights Association, National Women’s Council of Ireland, NCAD Students’ Union, North Wicklow Against Genocide, Palestinian Rights Institute, PalFest Ireland, Pallas Projects/Studios, Pals for Palestine, Peace and Neutrality Alliance, Peadar Brown’s Bar, Phibsboro For All, Postal Workers for Palestine, Psychologists for Palestine, Rosa Socialist Feminist Movement, Sadaka – The Ireland-Palestine Alliance, Shannonwatch, SIPTU, Slí Eile, Socialist Lawyers Association of Ireland, TCD BDS Campaign, TCD Students’ Union, Teachers for Palestine, Teachers’ Union of Ireland, The People’s Movement, Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Trademark Belfast, Trans & Intersex Pride, UCD Students’ Union, UG Student’s Union, Union of Students in Ireland, Unite the Union, United Against Racism, Waterford Ramallah Twinning Committee, West Cork for Palestine, Queers for Palestine Ireland, Spunout, and more to be announced.

Friday 10 May 2024

"No way Israel will be victorious" : Diana Buttu

Another outstanding interview by Owen Jones. This time with the Diana Buttu, former Palestinian negotiator & lawyer👇

 


Wednesday 1 May 2024

Tomorrow: Protest calling for Eurovision Boycott to take place at RTÉ Studios - singers, musicians, artists and activists to take part in mini-concert

Tomorrow evening, Thursday 2nd May, between 4.30pm and 6pm the Irish Boycott Eurovision 2024 Coalition will stage a visual spectacle and mini-concert calling for Ireland to boycott Eurovision 2024 outside RTÉ Studios gates. The action will feature artists, musicians, and LGBT and human rights activists, and a 'die-in' by health workers in scrubs, depicting Eurovision as a contest actively artwashing Israel’s war crimes. 

Award-winning actor Stephen Rea will read Refaat Alareer's poem 'If I Should Die', legendary blues singer Mary Coughlan, Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlaí, jazz chanteuse Honor Heffernan, and a host of other musicians will sing on stage. The event will be MC'd by queer artist Ciarna Hackett

Great visuals for photographers and television reporting. Interviews with musicians, artists, and activists available at the RTE gate.
 
When: Thursday 2nd May, 4.30pm - 6pm
Where: RTÉ Studios, Stillorgan Road entrance, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 

Irish Boycott Eurovision 2024 Coalition Spokesperson and IPSC Chair, Zoe Lawlor said: “Israel’s President Yitzhak Herzog has stated ‘it’s important for Israel to appear in Eurovision.’ We say the opposite. It’s vital to exclude the genocidal apartheid state of Israel from this global cultural platform. Ireland has shown the way in the 1980s in exposing the crimes of Apartheid South Africa. It can do the same now, by withdrawing its participation, and standing on the side of humanity, equality and human rights. Boycott Eurovision 2024!” 
 
Israel has been waging a genocidal campaign against the people of Gaza, with at least 34,500 killed, 14,500 of them children, and many thousands more buried under the rubble. Starvation is being used as a weapon of war, according to UNICEF, who have declared Israel’s campaign, “a war on children." Mass graves show doctors, patients and children among those hand-bound and executed by Israeli soldiers. The International Court of Justice is investigating Israel for a plausible case of Genocide. And only yesterday, Israel confirmed their determination to continue their killing spree into the area of Rafah, where 1.5 million Gazan civilians are huddled in what supposed to be a place of safety for them, having been forced from their homes by Israeli bombardment.

Israel is determined to artwash these war crimes, and is using the occasion of the Eurovision Song Contest to pretend all is normal. This protest against Ireland's participation in ogranised by a coalition of Irish artists, actvists and individuals who are calling for Ireland to boycott the contest, and not play on a stage with the rogue state of Israel. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural boycott of Israel (PACBI), and the Palestinian led global BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement have called on all countries to refuse to participate because of Israel’s inclusion by the EBU - the same EBU that indefinitely suspended Russia and Belarus in 2022.

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has written to RTEs Director General Kevin Bakhurst, and the RTE board, asking them to respect the Palestinian boycott request. More than 16,500 Irish people have signed a petition to RTE to this effect, and some 400 artists have written to Irish participant Bambie Thug requesting that they make a historic stand for justice by refusing to perform.

Thursday 25 April 2024

Palestinian journalists are livestreaming their own demise in Gaza. Western journalists are ignoring them. That's why I'm boycotting the Orwell Prize for Journalism this year.

Over Six months & countless pitches to editors in the UK & Ireland, one of my pieces about Israel's genocidal campaign in Gaza - is finally published. Thanks to the Irish Independent. 

We are living through Orwellian dystopia. Genocide Joe has lost his moral compass - & the plot. Students & professors wrestled to the ground, ,knees on necks - by police - on US campuses for peacefully protesting against genocide enablement - in their name. Refusing to bend to Biden's will. Their resistance brutally repressed. Please read & take action against genocide in Gaza👇

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/tess-finch-lees-we-can-all-see-whats-happening-in-gaza-so-why-do-some-refuse-to-face-the-truth/a1898049138.html

NoteI did not write: "According to Hamas figures". I wasn't aware of that edit. I've asked for it to be changed to Palestinian Health Ministry, whose numbers are verified by independent  sources, including Human Rights Watch.

Update: Online article has been amended to read Palestinian Health Ministry.

My word count was way over, inevitably bits were cut. See below.  Some of it is difficult reading. Please don't look away👇

"Over 33,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces (excluding those buried under the rubble), at least 13,000 of whom are children. Over 200 aid workers, mostly Palestinian, have been killed. Yet, it took the horrific killing of 7 international (World Central Kitchen) aid workers to provoke global outrage. White blood trades higher than brown on the open human rights market. The founder of WCK said Israel “systematically targeted” his aid workers. They were travelling in clearly marked vehicles having coordinated and agreed their movements with Israeli forces. Israel previously thwarted UNRWA aid operations based on unsubstantiated allegations. The UN warned, Israel is  deliberately starving Gaza, and decent into famine is imminent.

The targeting of aid and healthcare workers is entirely consistent with Israeli officials’ early statements of genocidal intent. On October 9th, Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, declared “a complete siege” on Gaza. “No electricity, no food, no fuel”.  All restraints on the IDF would be removed, “We are fighting human animals. Former general, Giora Eiland, wrote: “In order to make the siege effective, “we have to prevent others from giving assistance to Gaza”.

Social media footage (which I watched) of the recent Al-Shifa hospital siege, shows hundreds of decomposed bodies, some stripped naked, hands of men, women and children tied behind their backs, some ravaged by dogs, bodies blown to pieces – unrecognisable. Reports abound of people being buried alive, bodies crushed by Israeli bulldozers, some still alive. Such was the calculated barbarity, the visceral vandalism of international humanitarian law and the sheer desecration of humanity, I puked. And wept. A guttural, physical reaction, to evil". 

"The barbarous Hamas attacks on October 7th, killing around 1,200 Israelis, kidnapping some 200 more, was horrendous and breaches international law. That’s not when this story began though. For the last 76years, apartheid Israel has forced Palestinians off their land, occupying and illegally creating settlements. Controlling access to water, food, movement. Palestinians were/are relentlessly persecuted".

Extracts from Indo article👇

"Ayat was killed documenting Israel’s bombardment of her neighbourhood. Her body couldn’t be buried, it was blown to smithereens.

One Orwell Prize judge, a former Tory MP, wrote an article in November, opining that Britain objecting to a ceasefire was the right strategy. Another, a journalist, wrote a piece mocking pro-peace, anti-“genocide” (her inverted commas) marchers/“extremists”, accusing them of antisemitism because, “when they say Zionist”, she accused, “they mean Jew”.


Journalism 101: report what people actually say, not what you think they mean through the lens of ideological biases. Her article airbrushed out the central role of the Jewish community in organising demonstrations against Israel’s genocidal campaign"....


......"In January, the International Criminal Court of Justice ruled it is plausible that genocide is taking place in Gaza. Last month, UN-appointed human rights expert Francesca Albanese produced a detailed report on Gaza, concluding: “There are reasonable grounds to believe that the threshold indicating the commission of the crime of genocide… has been met.”

She added: “Denial of the reality and the continuation of Israel’s impunity and exceptionalism is no longer viable, especially in light of the binding UN Security Council resolution, which called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza". 


"The UN decried the massacre of civilians by Israeli forces in Gaza. “The world is witnessing the first genocide shown in real time to the world by its victims and unfathomably justified by Israel as compliant with the laws of war". 










Friday 19 April 2024

National March for Palestine to take place in Dublin TOMORROW 20th April

 National March for Palestine to take place in Dublin TOMORROW 20th April

Latest in a series of huge marches calling for Irish government to sanction Israel for genocide

Legendary folk singer Christy Moore has been added to the bill

Press Release, Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, 19th April 2024

TOMORROW Saturday 20th April the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, supported by over 120 Irish civil society groups, is holding a National Demonstration for Palestine – calling for an end to Israel’s genocidal assault on the people of Gaza, and for the Irish government to take action to hold Israel accountable. It will be the fifth such national mobilisation since October - all of which have seen tens of thousands flood Dublin's streets.

Protestors will assemble at 1pm at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square, and will march from there to Leinster House for a rally outside the Dáil.

Speakers at the rally will include IPSC Chairperson Zoe Lawlor, Palestinian human rights lawyer Tala Nasir from Addameer, Tamar Nijim a Palestinian student from Gaza, and independent MEP Clare Daly.

There will also be musical performances by renowned Irish singer-songwriter Christy Moore, and Leen and Latif, a Cork-based Palestinian/Moroccan musical duo. Aoife O'Brien of the South East branch of IPSC will MC the event.

There will be a disability access point at the bottom of Dawson Street outside the back entrance to TCD. The end of the march will also see a children's creative arts space hosted by Creative Arts Therapists for Palestine.

IPSC Chairperson Zoe Lawlor said: “Thousands upon thousands of us have marched through almost 200 days of apartheid Israel’s genocide in Gaza. We urge everyone who careas about Palestinian rights to refuse to give up. We can see we are shifting the government into action, slowly but surely. That's why it’s crucial that we keep the pressure up for real action to punish Israel for its crimes. Every day of inaction means more loss of Palestinian life and the further normalisation of genocide. Join us Saturday to say that Ireland stands with Palestine and against genocide and apartheid!"

Sunday 31 March 2024

I believe the deliberate starvation, killing, dismemberment & persecution of Palestinian children, by an increasingly rogue Israeli regime, is evil

 For the love of whatever god, if any, you believe in, don't look away 💔

Breaking: Karam Mohammad Qaddah (10 years old) passed away today at Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza due to malnutrition. Qaddah was trapped in Al-Shifa Hospital with his mother, and Israeli forces refused to allow him to leave since they stormed the hospital, leading to complications. He was allowed to leave with his mother yesterday, Friday, after his health deteriorated.


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The child Ibrahim Mohammad Al-Najjar lost his life this morning due to hunger and malnutrition at Kamal Adwan Hospital in the north of Gaza, which has been under a tight Israeli blockade for six months.




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The little girl Nour Al Huda is facing death due to the lack of food and dehydration in the north of Gaza.