With an election for Ireland's new Government on the 8th February, candidates are now knocking on our doors and canvassing in public places and meetings. As supporters of the Palestinian cause, we need to ensure that all the electoral hopefuls know just how much Justice for Palestine matters to the Irish people.
Fianna Fáil, The Green Party, The Labour Party, Sinn Féin, Solidarity / People Before Profit, have all expressed support for The Occupied Territories Bill. You can read their stated positions here.
What should we ask all our electoral candidates?
There are two pertinent questions which will let you, and us, know individual and party stances on the Palestine/Israeli issue and other commitments to enacting the Occupied Territories Bill in the 33rd Dáil. It will also let the candidate know just how vital their answer is when it comes to votes and voting.
Question 1. What is your position on Palestine ?
Question 2. What is your position in relation to the Occupied Territories Bill and will you/your party support the Occupied Territories Bill to ban trade with illegal Israeli settlements if elected?
If you feel very energetic and enthusiastic, we would be grateful for feedback from these conversations.
Just send an email to email@example.com . Say who you spoke to and let us know their answers.
Yours in continued solidarity,
Marie Crawley, Chair.
Occupied Territories Bill
The Occupied Territories Bill, developed by Sadaka and tabled by Senator Frances Black, will prohibit the import of goods and services which are produced in illegal Israeli settlements. Settlements are a war crime under international law.
Sadaka runs targeted campaigns on an annual basis, each one aimed at achieving a particular goal such as Irish Government Recognition of Palestine, pre General Election commitments on Palestine and similar goals.
High Level Fora and meetings are used to get particular messages to selected audiences. We focus on high profile speakers to attract key decision makers and people of influence.
Writing and disseminating high quality factual information and analysis on political developments in Palestine is a central tenet of what we do.
In partnership with the Curriculum Development Unit, Sadaka produced an education resource on Palestine available on the Irish secondary school curriculum. More resources also available.
Visiting Speaker Programme
Sadaka organises high level speaking tours with invited guests, primarily from Palestine. They typically involve meetings with the Minister, political party leaders, leading NGOs, trade unions and presentations to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Political meetings are core business for Sadaka as we attempt to shift Irish foreign policy towards the achievement of political self –determination and human rights for the Palestinian people.
Sadaka has hosted lengthy speaking tours with leading Christian church leaders from Palestine to encourage the Irish churches to develop pro-active positions on the plight of their brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.
Sadaka has worked closely with trade unions since our formation building on their strong pro-active positions on Palestine.
Recent Media Items
Middle East analysts question workability of Trump peace plan (Guardian, 29 January 2020)
Trump Middle East plan: Palestinians reject 'conspiracy' (BBC News, 29 January 2020)
Trump unveils Middle East peace plan with no Palestinian support (Guardian, 29 January 2020)
‘Slap of the century’: Palestinian leaders vehemently reject Trump’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan (Independent, 29 January 2020)
Trump's deal for Middle East peace helps only himself and Netanyahu – the rest of the region will suffer (Independent, 29 January 2020)
Christian Zionist philo-Semitism is driving Trump’s Israel policy (Washington Post, 29 January 2020)
Trump's Middle East peace plan: 'Deal of the century' is huge gamble (BBC News, 29 January 2020)
One person, one vote for Israel-Palestine (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 26 January 2020)
Here's what happens if Israel annexes the West Bank and lets Palestinians vote (Haaretz, 26 January 2020)
Israeli police gunfire left this Palestinian disabled. Now cops are back to harass him (Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, Harretz, 23 January 2020)
Abbas’s office fumes at Netanyahu, Gantz for pledging Jordan Valley annexation (Times of Israel, 22 January 2020)
Israel resumes spraying pesticides along Gaza border after year long halt (Haaretz, 22 January 2020)
Gantz vows to annex Jordan Valley, 'hopes Trump releases peace plan soon' (Haaretz, 21 January 2020)
Israel rejects over 98 percent of Palestinian building permit requests in West Bank's Area C (Haaretz, 21 January 2020)
Israel cuts school buses for Bedouin children (Electronic Intifada, 21 January 2020)
Israel issues eviction and demolition orders to Palestinians in East Jerusalem (Middle East Eye, 20 January 2020)
East Jerusalem’s Issawiya boils as residents decry months of police intervention (Times of Israel, 12 January 2020)
The EU has a duty to recognise the state of Palestine (Saeb Erekat, Guardian, 19 January 2020)
Netanyahu calls for sanctions over ICC war crimes investigation (Guardian, 21 January 2020)
Court okays eviction of Palestinian family because land was once owned by Jews (Haaretz, 20 January 2020)
Why Israel keeps deporting foreign workers – and their kids – only to import new ones (Haaretz, 19 January 2020)
German crackdown on Palestine defenders prompts UN warning (Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, 15 January 2020)
UN Special Rapporteurs warn German Government about restriction on freedom of speech in anti-BDS resolution passed by Bundestag (18 October 2019)
Agribusiness as Usual: Agricultural Technology and the Israeli Occupation (Who Profits, January 2020)
Israeli defense chief approves using West Bank nature reserves to 'develop Jewish settlement' (Haaretz, 15 January 2020)
Israel to open seven new nature reserves in occupied West Bank (Independent, 14 January 2020)
Israel shot at Gaza fishers 347 times in 2019 (Electronic Intifada, 10 January 2020)
Israel says she's a 'major terrorist.' The charges? Possession of two firebombs and planning a summer camp (Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, Haaretz, 10 January 2020)
Iranian Jews pay condolences to assassinated General Qassem Soleimani (Jewish Forward, 8 January 2020)
Israel's chief rabbi calls Russian immigrants 'communist, religion-hating Gentiles' (Haaretz, 7 January 2020)
Israeli house demolitions spiked in 2019 compared to previous years (B’Tselem, 6 January 2020)
The Fascinating History and Politics of Jewish Life in Iran (Ariel Gold, Portside, 1 January 2020)