What we do
The primary focus of our work is to influence Irish Government and where appropriate, European Union foreign policy in support of the national, democratic and human rights of the Palestinian people. This is carried out through the presentation of reasoned arguments and factual information, substantiated by the requirements of international law and treaties. While some of this work involves direct lobbying and advocacy work with TDs (members of the Dáil/Irish Parliament), senators and MEPs to encourage them to adopt pro-Palestinian positions on an individual and political party basis; the ultimate aim of changing foreign policy underpins all our work.
So, for example, all our Factsheets, Briefings and Papers are used to inform and educate the general public, decision makers and people of influence within Irish society. While education is an important end in itself, ultimately our aim is that these individuals and organisations will subsequently use this information to lobby and advocate their elected representatives (local, national and European) to bring about justice, national, democratic and human rights for the Palestinian people.
Campaigns and Speaking Tours
Sadaka undertakes a couple of specific campaigns with clear political objectives on an annual basis. While some of these campaigns are carried out exclusively by our efforts here in Ireland, we frequently invite high profile Palestinian speakers on speaking tours to further campaign objectives. Palestinians are powerful persuasive ambassadors of their own cause and tours which afford access to the highest level of political office provide effective platforms to further that cause. A summary of our key campaigns and associated speaking tours over the past few years is provided below.
Election 2016: Pledge for Palestine (Current)
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:
Formally recognise the State of Palestine NOW;
Seek an EU ban on trade and investment with Israeli colonies/settlements;
Campaign for an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza;
End arms deals with Israel;
Require Israel to protect Palestinian children;
The Irish Government MUST recognise Palestine before it disappears! (2015)
On 10th December 2014, Dáil 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. Seanad Éireann passed a similar motion on 22nd October 2014, again supported by all parties. The Irish Government must implement the unanimous votes of both house of the Oireachtas and recognise the state of Palestine NOW! Go to page
Israel’s Sabotage of the Two-State Solution – Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi Speaking Tour (2013)
From 3rd – 5th Dec 2013, Sadaka hosted a visit to Ireland with Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi of the Palestinian National Initiative. Dr. Barghouthi is one of the most significant figures in contemporary Palestinian politics. The visit involved high level political engagements with 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 (including Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin) and a meeting with Emer Costello MEP, amongst others. The itinerary included a public meeting held in Liberty Hall, chaired by Prionsias de Rossa, and numerous media interviews. Go to page
Stop the Destruction of the Palestinian Economy – Dr. Mohammed Amara (2013)
On 19-21 November 2013 Sadaka hosted a visit to Dublin by Mohammed Amara, International Secretary of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU). On 20th November he made a presentation to the full Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on the economic situation in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. He outlined the barriers facing Palestinians seeking to go about their daily work and discriminatory practices against Palestinian workers. He referred extensively to the World Bank Report on the Palestinian Economy. This report, published in October 2013, set out how Israel is strangling Palestinian economic activity and set out how the removal of barriers to economic activity could lead to a doubling of Palestinian GDP within a year. Here is the ICTU report on the meeting. Go to page
Adopt Kairos Palestine! - Speaking Tour of Palestinian Church Leaders (2013)
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. Go to page
Ireland should recognise a Palestinian state – Dr. Nabil Shaath Speaking Tour (2011)
Dr. Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian negotiator, was hosted by Sadaka in July 2011 to lobby support for UN membership for a Palestinian state. Dr. Nabil Shaath is Commissioner of International Relations with Fatah and is a senior PLO and Palestinian Authority negotiator. He has been a member of the Central Committee of Fatah since 1989. Today, he is Head of the Political Committee of its General Congress and editor of its Political Programme. Go to page
Palestinian Church Leaders: Speaking Tour (2010)
Sadaka (in partnership with Christian Aid and Trócaire) hosted a week-long series of engagements in November/December 2010 for three eminent church leaders from Palestine: HE Archbishop Theodosius Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Church; The Most Reverend Monsignor Manuel Musallam of the Latin Catholic Church and Mr Constantine Dabbagh of the Middle East Council of Churches. The 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. Go to page