Late in 2014 both Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann unanimously passed a motion calling on the Irish Government ‘to officially recognise the State of Palestine, on the basis of the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital’. Despite a vigorous campaign by Sadaka, supported by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Government and in particular the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, refused to implement the unanimous votes of both house of the Oireachtas thereby completely ignoring the will of the people. You can find out more from this one-page Sadaka Briefing, or from our website here.
Palestine - General Election Agenda 2016
You can use our simple interactive map or the drop-down list below to see whether the successful candidates (now TD's) endorsed the 'Sadaka Pledge for Palestine'
We call on the Irish Government to use all institutional mechanisms at its disposal, at both domestic and EU level, to implement the following policies:
- Recognition of a Palestinian state: Ireland should formally recognise the State of Palestine (implementing the Seanad and Dáil motions unanimously passed in 2014);
- Gaza: Ireland should vigorously campaign for an end to the blockade of Gaza;
- Colonies/Settlements: Ireland should seek an EU ban on trade and investment with Israeli colonies/settlements, the construction of which has involved the commission of war crimes by Israel on a massive scale;
- Arms Trade: Ireland should seek to suspend military export licenses to Israel and suspend Department of Defence public procurement from Israeli arms companies.
- Palestinian Children: Ireland should seek to ensure that Israel implement its obligations as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
We ask that all political parties and independent TD's pledge themselves to these achievable policy demands.
Sadaka’s primary goal is the same as that of the Palestinian people - to see an end to the illegal Israeli Occupation and Colonisation of Palestine and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
Israeli policies during the 23 years since The Oslo Accord (1993) demonstrate that a Palestinian state will never be established unless the international community plays an active and leading role in bringing about an end to the Israeli Occupation.