Election 2016: Pledge for Palestine
We call on all candidates to pledge that the next Irish Government will use all institutional mechanisms at its disposal, at both domestic and EU level, to implement the following policies:
Christmas in Bethlehem 2015
Recognition of the State of Palestine
Sadaka’s Billboard Campaign lobbied the Irish Government to implement the 2014 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'.
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.
About the Programme
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi
Sadaka sponsored visit by Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi of the Palestinian National Initiative (2013). More ...
Palestine & Israel on the Curriculum
Roger Waters (founding member of Pink Floyd) launched the Sadaka Education Resource on Palestine and Israel (2013). More ...
Palestinian Church Leaders
Sadaka hosted eminent Christian church leaders from Palestine to encourage endorsement of Kairos Palestine by the Irish churches (2013)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.
Election Special: One-page Briefings
50 years of Israeli occupation: The roadblock to peace Overview: Next year, in June 2017, it will be 50 years since Israel took over the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza by force against the wishes of the Palestinians who lived there. It is the job of the UN Security Council to reverse aggression of this kind, which is in breach of Article 2.4 of the UN Charter, applying whatever sanctions are necessary to force the aggressor to withdraw. That is what happened when Iraq took over Kuwait by force in 1990. Unfortunately, the Security Council has failed to reverse Israel’s 1967 aggression. As a consequence, Palestinians have been forced to endure almost 50 years of Israeli military occupation without any say in how they are governed – and there is no end in sight. (Click on cover to download the full Briefing) May 2016, PDF 124 kB.
Israel: EU Losing Sight Of The Facts Overview: While the state of Israel continues its colonial project in the Occupied Palestinian Territories with its relentless settlement expansion, its shoot-to-kill policy and its arrest and detention of minors, the EU and other international players continue to ignore the fact that without sanctions against Israel to force it to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories, the two-state solution is dead. (Click on cover to download the full Briefing) January 2016, PDF 189 kB.
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. (Click on cover to download the full Briefing) September 2015, PDF 80 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. October 2015 (Download PDF 68 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. 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. (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". . (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. August 2014 (Download PDF 312 kB)
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Recent Press Articles
Uri Avnery: Israeli politics bears comparison with end of Weimar Germany and rise of fascism (Irish Times, 25 May 2016)
The Occupation's Fig Leaf: Israel's Military Law Enforcement System as a Whitewash Mechanism (B’Tselem, May 2016)
Sanders’ challenge to Clinton and Democrats: Palestinian Lives Matter (Peter Beinart, Haaretz, 25 May 2016)
Tony Blair: Sunni states will normalize ties with Israel if it negotiates on the basis of the Arab peace initiative Haaretz, 24 May 2016)
I was there (Uri Avnery, 21 May 2016)
352 European human rights organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties call on the EU to support their right to boycott (ECCP, 18 May 2016)
UN Humanitarian Coordinator calls on Israeli authorities to stop destruction of humanitarian aid and respect international law (18 May 2016)
As Palestinians mourn their Nakba, the UK must acknowledge its responsibility (Ahmad Samih Khalidi, Guardian, 15 May 2016)
Livingstone may not be everyone’s pin-up boy but he does know his history (Dervla Murphy, Irish Examiner, 30 April 2016)
Israel must recognize its responsibility for the Nakba, the Palestinian tragedy (Saeb Erekat, 15 May 2016)
Israel 'killed 25 Palestinian children' in three months (Aljazeera, 14 May 2016)
Interview with Omar Barghouti: Banned by Israel from traveling, threatened with worse (Glenn Greenwald, 13 May 2016)
Zionism’s roots help us interpret Israel today (Jonathan Cook, The National, 9 May 2016)
Israel seized Palestinian family's East Jerusalem land behind its back, gave it to settler NGO (Haaretz, 9 May 2016)
Defense Ministry plans on establishing new Israeli settlement in West Bank (Haaretz, 7 May 2016)
Michael Chabon witnesses 'grievous injustice' in occupied territories (The Guardian, 6 May 2016)
Israeli military chief backtracks from 1930s Germany comparison (Guardian, 5 May 2016)
The American Jewish scholar behind Labour’s ‘antisemitism’ scandal breaks his silence (Norman Finkelstein, openDemocracy, 3 May 2016)
Nakba Resource Pack (Palestine Solidarity Campaign, May 2016)
Why a British fight over Israel and anti-Semitism matters to the rest of us (Robert Mackey, The Intercept, 29 April 2016)
Criticising Israel is not the same as being anti-Jewish (Ronit Lentin and David Landy, Irish Times, 2 May 2016)
Boycott is the only way to stop the Israeli occupation (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 1 May 2016)
Israel approves more land theft of hundreds of dunams near Nablus (IMEMC News, 24 April 2016)
Who agrees with Bernie Sanders on Israel? Large numbers of Americans (Dina Smeltz, Washington Post, 22 April 2016)
Military effectively shutting down Palestinian quarries in Beit Fajjar to aid de facto annexation of area (B’Tselem, 21 April 2016)
This Passover, we’re joining Simone Zimmerman to fight for freedom for all (Ethan Miller & Sara Sandmel, Forward, 19 April 2016)
How many Palestinians are imprisoned by Israel? (Aljazeera, 18 April 2016)
The Return of the Desert God (Adam Keller, 23 April 2016)
TV investigative program rips image of IDF general Rehavam Zeevi to shreds (Haaretz, 15 April 2016)
"Death to the Arabs" rally draws thousands in Tel Aviv (Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, 19 April 2016)
World Bank: Raw deal with Israel costs Palestinians $285 million in annual revenue (Haaretz, 18 April 2016)
Criticizing Israel, Bernie Sanders Highlights Split Among Jewish Democrats (New York Times, 15 April 2016)
EU ‘deeply concerned’ by new phase of West Bank barrier (Times of Israel, 15 April 2016)
Gaza: 75,000 still internally displaced (UN OCHA report, April 2016)
Multiple demolitions across Area C in the West Bank: 124 people displaced (UN OCHA, 8 April 2016)
Why Israelis should be grateful for their racist politicians (Haaretz, 7 April 2016)
Special funding for Israeli settlements soared in 2015, report shows (Haaretz, 7 April 2016)
From beyond the grave, ex-Mossad chief slams Netanyahu (Washington Post, 4 April 2016)
US lawyers call for Inland Revenue Service investigation into charity status of Jewish National Fund (30 March 2016)
The Hebron soldier's defense is working - he is now every mother’s son (Haaretz, 3 April 2016)
"I am in prison and you are with me on the outside" (Adam Keller, 27 March 2016)
When medical personnel stand by and watch a murder (Dr Tslil Regev, +972 Blog, 25 March 2016)
Thousands of Area C residents face expulsion (B’Tselem, 24 March 2016)
Israel detains hundreds amid fierce crackdown on illegal Palestinian workers (Ma’an News, 23 March 2016)
Israeli companies leaving West Bank in apparent response to boycott pressure (Haaretz, 27 March 2016)
Eimear McBride, West Bank: ‘One of the most shocking experiences of my life’ (Irish Times, 26 March 2016)
Third large-scale demolition in Khirbet Tana in 2016 (UN OCHA, 24 March 2016)
Israeli soldier detained after being filmed shooting assailant (Irish Times, 24 March 2016)
Sanders Outlines Middle East Policy (21 March 2016)
Trump Wins Over AIPAC Audience With Strong pro-Israel Stance (Haaretz, 21 March 2016)
Clinton bashes Trump at AIPAC for 'neutral' stance on Israel (Jerusalem Post, 21 March 2016)
Protesting bigots and demagogues at AIPAC? Don’t stop at Trump. Call out Netanyahu too (Roy Isacowitz, Haaretz, 20 March 2016)
Final Act of Meir Dagan's Life Redeemed His Controversial Military Past (Haaretz, 17 March 2016)
Humanitarian Bulletin for occupied Palestinian territories (UN OCHA, February 2016)