Palestine Matters! The 2016 Election Pledge for Palestine
We called on all election 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.
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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 ...
Political leaders and representatives of Palestinian NGOs and civil society have called on the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament), in this 1916 commemorative year, to draw on its own historical experience of occupation to be a leading advocate in ending the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. (Full text PDF 833kb)
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.
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.
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Recent Press Articles
US Jews on civil rights-style protest in West Bank (Times of Israel, 18 July 2016)
Israeli NGOs decry ‘deeply anti-democratic move’ as new law approved Washington Post, 12 July 2016)
EU ambassadors protest at Israel's confiscation of West Bank shelters Guardian, 18 July 2016)
Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Arab Peace Initiative (Henry Siegman, National Interest, 30 June 2016)
Israeli army chief defends decision to hire controversial rabbi who defended rape of non-Jewish women (Middle East Eye, 13 July 2016)
"It can happen to anyone!" (Adam Keller, 9 July 2016)
"We have a right to engage in non-violent action": Christian leaders refuse to be silenced in struggle for Palestinian rights (David Palumbo-Liu, Salon, 4 July 2016)
New regulations allow Israel Police to respond to stone-throwing, firecrackers with live fire (Haaretz, 5 July 2016)
Why are the Dutch funding settlers in Palestine? (Aljazeera, 4 July 2016)
Middle East ‘Quartet’ releases report on advancing two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict (1 July 2016)
Israel should stop building settlements and denying Palestinian development, says Middle East 'Quartet' (Independent, 1 July 2016)
EU Foreign Ministers back French peace initiative on Israel-Palestinian conflict (i24news, 20 June 2016)
Turkey PM Binali Yildirim claims (falsely) that Gaza siege largely lifted (Aljazeera, 28 June 2016)
Funds run out for 11,000 needy Holocaust survivors in Israel (Haaretz, 27 June 2016)
Palestinian city parched after Israel cuts water supply (Haaretz, 26 June 2016)
Fragmented lives: Humanitarian overview 2015 (UN OCHA report, June 2016)
Labour Friend of Palestine Jo Cox slain (Electronic Intifada, 16 June 2016)
Israel and the BDS movement (Irish Times, 14 June 2016)
Tel Aviv mayor links terror attack to occupation, sparking outcry (Times of Israel, 8 June 2016)
Reality check: Almost fifty years of occupation (B’Tselem, June 2016)
Israeli minister wants to annex half of West Bank and kick out the Palestinians (Washington Post, 8 June 2016)
Resist efforts to outlaw BDS, says anti-apartheid veteran Ronnie Kasrils (Article 1 Collective, 8 June 2016)
After decades of neglect, Israel promotes planning and construction in Arab sector (Haaretz, 8 June 2016)
Despite Voicing Criticism, Susan Rice Promises Israel 'Largest Military Aid Package in U.S. History' (Haaretz, 7 June 2016)
Video: Airbnb’s Apartheid Adventures in the West Bank
EU warns Israel: Policy of demolishing Palestinian homes in Area C will harm relations (Haaretz, 31 May 2016)
Netanyahu's lip service to Arab peace proposals is old news – and no one's buying it (Haaretz, 31 May 2016)
Irish and Dutch governments join Sweden in speaking out for right to call for BDS (Mondoweiss, 29 May 2016)
Reality Check: Gaza is still occupied (Mehdi Hasan, Aljazeera, 23 Oct 2015)
Ireland latest EU state to defend BDS (Kevin Squires, Electronic Intifada, 28 May 2016)
Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan defends BDS (Dáil Éireann, 26 May 2016)
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)