Recognition of the State of Palestine
Sadaka’s current campaign is directed at ensuring the Irish Government implements the unanimous decisions of both Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) which call on the Irish Government ‘to officially recognise the State of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital'.
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Sadaka on Gaza
Sadaka was one of the tens of thousands of voices throughout Ireland expressing outrage and revulsion in Summer of 2014 Israel's sustained 50 day attack on the people of Gaza.
The Chair of Sadaka, Marie Crawley, speaking at Dublin demonstration, 26th July 2014
Sadaka Visiting Speakers
Sadaka's Visiting Speakers Programme invites leading Palestinian figures to Ireland to raise public awareness of the situation in the West Bank and Gaza and to lobby the Irish Government to recognise the State of Palestine and its people. Speakers have included Dr Mustafa Barghouthi (below), Dr Dr Mohammed Amara, Dr. Nabil Shaath, Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer, Archbishop Hanna and other eminent Palestinian Church leaders. About the Programme
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi
One example of the programme was a visit by Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi of the Palestinian National Initiative in December 2013. Dr. Barghouthi is one of the most significant figures in contemporary Palestinian politics. The visit involved high level political engagements with the then Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore; members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade; meetings with individual political parties and Dáil groupings. More ...
Sadaka and Education
Palestine & Israel on the Curriculum
Roger Waters (founding member of Pink Floyd) launched the Sadaka Education Resource on Palestine and Israel "Palestine and Israel – How will there be a Just Peace?" at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on 17th September 2013. More ...
Sadaka and 'Churches for Justice'
Palestinian Church Leaders
From 10th - 16th April 2013, Sadaka hosted a visit of eminent Christian church leaders from Palestine. The purpose of the visit was to encourage endorsement of Kairos Palestine by the Irish Christian churches. Kairos Palestine is the Christian Palestinians’ declaration to the world about what is happening in Palestine. In a previous church leaders tour in 2010, Palestinian Church leaders met with (amongst many others) the President of Ireland, the Deputy First Minister in the North and senior clergy from all denominations.More ...
We produce free information publications on various aspects of the situation in Palestine - Factsheets containing essential facts, Briefings with more detail, and Papers for a more comprehensive treatment. There is a selection of recent publications below, or for a complete list go to Factsheets, Briefings, or Papers.
Without sanctions against Israel, the "two-state solution" is dead Overview: The "two-state solution" is dead unless serious and sustained economic sanctions are applied to Israel by the international community to force it to withdraw from the Occupied Palestinian Territories so that a Palestinian state can be established. It is a fantasy to believe that Israel can be persuaded to withdraw from these territories it occupies by negotiations alone, as the EU (and the Irish Government) appear to believe. (Click on cover to download the full Briefing) September 2015, PDF 96 kB.
Palestine October 2015 (Factsheet) Overview: Between 1st October and 2nd November, the Israeli police/army and Israeli settlers combined have killed 73 Palestinians.12 of the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces were children, one an eight month old baby who suffocated as a result of tear gas fired by the Israeli army. 11 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in the same period. The majority of the Palestinian attackers of those Israelis have been shot dead on the spot by Israeli forces without any attempt having been made to apprehend them with non-lethal force. October 2015 (Download PDF 57 kB)
Israeli Settlements: Colonies and War Crimes (Factsheet) Overview: When a state, which is occupying territory not its own, builds settlements on that territory and transfers its own citizens into them, that process is a war crime, under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Israel has occupied the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) since1967 and has transferred well over half a million of its own citizens into that territory. There is little doubt that this colonisation programme has involved the commission of war crimes as defined in the Rome Statute. September 2015 (Download PDF 59 kB)
A little legal restraint on Israel at last? Overview: Palestine has become a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and accepted its jurisdiction in Palestinian territories. There is now a peaceful legal means of applying pressure on Israel to cease its colonisation of Palestinian territory. This is because under Article 8.2(b)(viii) of the Rome Statute "the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies" is defined to be a war crime. For the first time since 1967, when Israel’s military occupation began, there is a possibility of some legal restraint on Israel’s actions in the territories it occupies. (Click on cover to download the full Briefing) March 2015, PDF 96 kB.
Palestine and the International Criminal Court Overview: On 2 January 2015, Palestine applied to become a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and on 6 January 2015, Ban Ki-moon, announced that the Rome Statute "will enter into force for the State of Palestine on April 1, 2015". The Palestinian leadership took this step despite enormous pressure being put on them not to do so by the US and the EU (and by Israel). The Rome Statute defines offences – war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide – for which individuals can be prosecuted by the ICC. Individuals who commit one of these offences in Palestinian territories can now be charged, tried and punished by the ICC. (Click on cover to download the full Briefing) March 2015, PDF 112 kB.
Solidarity or Silence: Ireland's Reaction to Israel's Destruction of Gaza (Paper) Overview: Israel’s 52 day onslaught on the people of Gaza in Summer 2014 generated an unprecedented response from civil society across the globe. Ireland was no exception. This paper was originally published in Haq Al Awda Newspaper (produced by Palestinian NGO Badil), provides an overview of Ireland’s response to Israel’s barbaric attack on Gaza at both popular and political level. August 2014 (Download PDF 312 kB)
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