IPSC supports Seanad motion to sanction Apartheid Israel

Katie O’Shaughnessy and Hannah Daygo

The Irish-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), gathered in support of a Seanad motion to sanction Israel at Leinster House last night. 

The motion calls for real comprehensive sanctions against Apartheid Israel, the implementation of the Occupied Territories Bill and the Illegal Israeli Settlements Divestment Bill. This legislation is designed to prevent the transportation of arms from the United States to Israel via Irish airspace. 

Senator Frances Black, a member of the Civic Engagement Group who put forward the motion spoke at the protest.

“Our inboxes have been flooded with messages from Irish people demanding real action… Those messages were impossible to ignore,” said senator Black.

The IPSC largely thanked and encouraged more supporters to email their Senators. 

Zoe Lawlor, chairperson of the IPSC, thanked the Seanad and praised the senators for “clearly understanding that the inaction by the government cannot continue.”

“The time for reflection, debate consideration, and hand-sitting is is over,” said Lawlor.

Senator Black also addressed the Seanad where she declared the occupation as “the first genocide of the digital age.”

Business owner, Anas Khaled, also spoke on behalf of the Palestinian Rights Institute about the horrific starvation that citizens of Palestine are currently being put under. 

As of 21 February 2024, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has estimated there have been over 28,000 Palestinian casualties and nearly 100 journalists killed in the last 138 days.

Protests continue around the country in support of an immediate ceasefire. Protests at the Garden of Remembrance will resume on Saturday, 2nd March at 1pm, as part of the national solidarity movement against racism in Ireland.

Hundreds gathered at Leinster House, to call for an immediate action to sanction Israel’s crimes against Palestine. /Hannah Daygo