An important aspect of Sadaka’s work is to facilitate Palestinian voices to be heard here in Ireland and internationally, organising opportunities for representatives of the Palestinian people to access decision-makers, politicians and media outlets. Below we have a selection of the Meetings we have facilitated here in Ireland, as well as visits we have made to Palestine, to speak with people on the ground and bring back the messages they communicate to us.
Political Meetings in Ireland arranged and hosted by Sadaka
Each time Sadaka hosts visitors from Palestine, we seek to facilitate opportunities for them to meet politicians and public representatives. In many cases, our President is delighted to receive them for a courtesy visit. Below, we have referenced some of these meetings.
Francesca Albanese presenting to the Oireachtas
Francesca Albanese meeting with the President of Sinn Fein, Mary Lou McDonald TD and Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Defence. Matt Carthy TD
Francesca Albanese meeting with members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence
Miranda Cleland of Defense for Children International Palestine meets members of Sinn Féin
Miranda Cleland of Defense for Children International Palestine meets Senator Frances Black and Green Party TD Patrick Costelloe
Professor Lynk meets members of Fine Gael
Professor Lynk and Sadaka Chair Éamonn Meehan present to Fine Gael
Professor Lynk presents to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs (JCFAD)
Professor Lynk meeting with the President of Sinn Fein, Mary Lou McDonald TD
Professor Lynk meeting with members of Sinn Fein
As a fitting end to a successful conference and speaking tour, the honour of a courtesy visit with the President, Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where discussions included Professor Lynk’s UN report and its findings.
Dr Mustafa Barghouti and Dr Rima Khalaf Hunaidi courtesy visit with the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins
Dr Mustafa Barghouti and Dr Rima Khalaf Hunaidi meeting with Fine Gael Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD
Dr Mustafa Barghouti and Dr Rima Khalaf Hunaidi meeting with the President of Sinn Fein, Mary Lou McDonald TD
Dr Mustafa Barghouti and Dr Rima Khalaf Hunaidi presentation to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade
Dr Mustafa Barghouti with Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade, Darragh O’Brien TD, His Excellency Ahmad Abdelrazek the Palestinian Ambassador and Marie Crawley, Chair of Sadaka
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti meeting with Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD
Damaged residential building in Khan Yunis, 11 May 2023. Source: Hassan Esslaieh, via OCHA.
Sadaka Political Meetings in Palestine
Members of the Sadaka Board travel to Palestine on an annual basis for a series of meetings with political and NGO representatives. This provides valuable two-way updates and plays an important role in Sadaka planning and agenda setting for the coming year. Some Board members also travel to Palestine to provide human rights witness cover in Palestinian villages as part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
In late 2022, Eamonn Meehan and Val Roche, on behalf of Sadaka, attended the Palestinian European Civil Society Forum which was held in Ramallah in the West Bank. Following an initial 3 days of field trips to witness specific aspects of the occupation and its relentless expansion, they attended a series of informative talks by Palestinian representatives from a variety of local NGOs. There were more than 30 European organisations also participating.
Sadaka Board members Marie Crawley (left) and Stella Carroll (right) met with Dr. Nabil Shaath (top), Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Palestinian President, Dr. Yousef Jabareen (bottom), Arab member of the Israeli Knesset and representatives of the Irish and Swedish Embassies in the West Bank as part of its ongoing campaign work.