Since its foundation, Sadaka has produced a large number of publications on specific topics of relevance to our advocacy work. Each of these is carefully researched and provides valuable references to factual material, specific quotations from reliable sources, and a comprehensive overview of each topic at the time of publication.
As part of our work, Sadaka regularly sends a Political Bulletin to all members of the Oireachtas.
Short papers produced by Sadaka presenting discussion and analysis on significant political developments in relation to Palestine/Israel. (Over 50 papers, some of the most recent dealing with aspects of the Occupied Territories Bill, Annexation, Apartheid, etc.)
Since 1967, the Gaza Strip like the West Bank has been under Israeli military occupation. Despite withdrawing its military and settlers in 2005, Israel is still considered the occupying power under international law as it continues to control all entry and exit points by land (but for the Rafah crossing), as well as Gaza’s airspace and coastline.
Fact-based documents produced by Sadaka to provide key information (facts and statistics) on aspects of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
It is now widely recognised that Israel has developed a system of apartheid in the territory it controls between the river Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea as well as for the Palestinian refugee population.
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. 11 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in the same period. The majority of the Palestinian attackers of those Israelis have been shot dead on the spot by Israeli forces without any attempt having been made to apprehend them with non-lethal force.
Israel is currently engaged in its third military offensive against Gaza since 2008, ostensibly to bring a halt to rocket and mortar fire out of Gaza into Israel. There was no need for this offensive – or for the previous two offensives – for Israel to achieve that objective. Nobody, neither Israeli nor Palestinian, needed to die in order to bring a halt to rocket and mortar fire out of Gaza. All Israel needed to do was to stick to agreements it made with Hamas. But it didn’t.
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. There is little doubt that this colonisation programme has involved the commission of war crimes as defined in the Rome Statute.
Longer research-based articles covering the consequences of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and imposition of its Apartheid regime.
Israel’s 52 day onslaught on the people of Gaza in Summer 2014 generated an unprecedented response from civil society across the globe. Ireland was no exception. This paper was originally published in Haq Al Awda Newspaper (produced by Palestinian NGO Badil), provides an overview of Ireland’s response to Israel’s barbaric attack on Gaza at both popular and political level.
For many years, Israel has imposed severe restrictions on Palestinian access to, and economic activity in, Area C in the West Bank. In its report Area C and the Future of the Palestinian Economy (published in October 2013), the World Bank estimates that, if these restrictions were lifted, the total potential value to the Palestinian economy could amount to around $3.4 billion or about 35% of Palestinian GDP at 2011 levels. The resulting increase in revenues for the Palestinian Authority could be as much as $0.8 billion, which would notionally cut its fiscal deficit by half, thereby significantly reducing its need for support by international donors.
Israel has displayed a pattern of behaviour and actions which are consistent with annexation. These actions are not consistent with any intention to respect the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people; they are clearly not temporary, nor are they taken in good faith. There is no conclusion that can be drawn other than that the settlements are clearly intended to be a core component of the Israeli state.
Since the War of Independence, Ireland has engaged closely with the ‘Question of Palestine’, supporting the rights of the Palestinian people. While “anti-Semitism” had little support in Ireland, and the Irish independence movement embraced the Irish Jewish community, Zionism was opposed as a British imperial project in the Middle East.