Sadaka – The Ireland Palestine Alliance

Sadaka – The Ireland Palestine Alliance works to influence the Irish Government and EU policymakers in support of human rights.

Sadaka-the Ireland Palestine Alliance mourns the loss of board member Justin Kilcullen.

The board of Sadaka-the Ireland Palestine Alliance has learned with great sadness of the sudden death of our dear friend and fellow board member, Justin Kilcullen.

 

Justin was a passionate and deeply committed advocate for the rights of the Palestinian people over many years, both in Trócaire and subsequently as a member of the board of Sadaka, which he joined in 2014. He devoted his time and considerable energy to tirelessly campaigning and advocating for justice and human rights with Government, political leaders and officials.

 

Justin was a wise and generous leader who encouraged, inspired and promoted those with whom he worked. 

 

Éamonn Meehan, Chair of Sadaka said of Justin: “I worked closely with Justin for over 30 years, in Trócaire and on the board of Sadaka. He was a brilliant and supportive colleague as  well as a good friend and we are deeply shocked and saddened by his untimely and unexpected death. To those who knew him and met him through his work Justin was a beacon of integrity, compassion and courage. 

 

“Justin believed deeply in the fundamental dignity and the basic rights of every person. His solidarity, energy and wisdom was an inspiration to us all. Right now, what I remember most about Justin was his tremendous kindness.

 

“On behalf of my colleagues on the board of Sadaka I send our deepest sympathies to Justin’s wife, Roisín, his daughter Ruth, and his sons, Eoin and Michael. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

Justin Kilcullen, Sadaka board member, with President Michael D. Higgins. Also in the photo are Sadaka board members, Stella Carroll and Marie Crawley, and Gerry Liston, Global Legal Action Network (GLAN).

While Director of Trócaire, Justin visited Gaza in 2010 and met some of the people affected by the blockade. He met families whose homes were destroyed and live in shelters of plastic, canvas and corrugated metal, often arranged around the last standing bit of their house. One of those people was Mohamed Abed Rabouh featured in this video, ‘Open Air Prison’.
 

Justin Kilcullen with Tánaiste, Micheál Martin, Daniel Levy (President, US Middle East Project), Marie Crawley Sadaka) and Gerry Liston (GLAN).

Justin Kilcullen with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, Dr Mustapha Barghouti, Dr Rima Khalaf and Marie Crawley.

JULY 03 2024

ANNEXATION AND THE WEST BANK

The obligation of Ireland during an unfolding crisis

While the catastrophe in Gaza continues, a crisis unfolds in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Since October 2023, the Israeli military has intensified land incursions from an average 600 raids per month to over 1,000, while restricting access to resources and targeting health facilities. We can understand these activities, among others, as the intent to obtain control of the territory by Israel. This annexation is forbidden in international law.

In a recently leaked recording, Israel’s finance minister Bezalel Smotrich described a “dramatic” plan to impose permanent Israeli control over the West Bank “without the government being accused of annexing it.” Ireland, and the international community, must do everything to intervene and prevent this unfolding violation of international law.

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Palestinian fatalities since October 7th.
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Relevant Documents

Members of Sadaka review a wide range of publications from Israel, Palestine and international sources, to assemble some of the most relevant documents and visual material. We would like to draw your attention to the following:

Emergency statement on the health and human rights crisis in the West Bank

The Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council, July 1 2024

Partners in Crime – EU complicity in Israel’s genocide in Gaza

Report published by the Transnational Institute, June 2024

News Features

Members of the Sadaka team are constantly reviewing information sources to maintain up-to-date on events in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt). We would like to draw your attention to the following:

Image Credit: UN OCHA / Activestill