Sadaka was established in 2009 to maximise support in Ireland for the Palestinian people in their struggle for national, democratic and human rights. We are committed to:
- An end to the illegal Israeli Occupation and colonisation of Palestine;
- The creation of a contiguous Palestinian state (with no reference to particular borders);
- The right of return of all Palestinian refugees and a guarantee of their human rights in whatever country they now live;
- Abolition of existing settlements/colonies, withdrawal of settlers from the West Bank and an immediate end to settlement construction;
- The release of all Palestinian political prisoners.
The primary focus of our work is to influence Irish Government and European policy in support of the national, democratic and human rights of the Palestinian people.
In addition to political lobbying we also:
- Build support for the cause of Palestine throughout all sections of Irish society by working with educational institutions, trade unions, churches and other civil society organisations (based in Ireland);
- Promote mainstream support throughout all sections of Irish society for the Palestinian led BDS campaign;
- Engage in education and consciousness raising of the Irish people to the historical and contemporary aspects of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and the denial of rights to the Palestinian people;
We are an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation. We maintain an independent position on internal politics and divisions within Palestine and do not adopt policy or political positions on matters others than those fully consistent with the organisation’s mission statement.
We are a Board of volunteers and all of our work is carried out on a voluntary basis. We seek funding for individual projects and rely on the generous contributions of our supporters for specific pieces of work. We are a company limited by guarantee. We do not have a membership outside of the Board but invite those who support our work to formally register as a supporter.
The Sadaka Board
Marie Crawley (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Crawley currently works as a Senior Manager within a state agency with responsibility for children and families. She formerly worked as a consultant specialising in the areas of gender equality, cross-community dialogue, organisational effectiveness and social exclusion. She is the co-author of numerous publications on gender proofing and mainstreaming commissioned both by the Irish government and the NI Assembly. She has designed and delivered numerous training programmes in the area of gender proofing and mainstreaming to Government Departments in Ireland, North and South and with the Government of the Republic of Armenia. She has also authored many reports on minority experiences, gender equality and policy to practice handbooks.
A former Vice-Chair of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, she contested elections in the Fermanagh/South Tyrone constituency following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. For over 25 years, Marie has served on numerous NGO / statutory partnerships throughout Ireland, mainly in the areas of rural development, gender equality and the implementation of peace and reconciliation programmes. A former Chair of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Marie has a long standing involvement in Palestinian solidarity work and visits the West Bank annually. She is a co-founder of Sadaka. For more information, see: www.mariecrawley.com
Hilary Minch (Deputy Chair) email@example.com
Hilary Minch is an international development worker with a 1st class MSc in Development Studies from University College Dublin (UCD). Hilary has filled a variety of programme, policy and advocacy roles spanning the emergency and development spectrum in Ireland, Africa and the Middle East. Currently working with Irish Aid agency GOAL on its largest ever humanitarian programme for the Syria response, Hilary has previously worked with Irish Catholic Development agency Trócaire, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Dóchas, Comhlámh and Aidlink.
Prior to embarking on a career as an aid worker, Hilary spent three years living in Japan on the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme and travelled extensively in the region. Following this, she returned to education and received a 1st class Higher Diploma in Business Studies from UCD before working as a marketing executive for a number of Irish companies in the ICT and business advisory sectors.
Hilary has visited Palestine frequently since 2006 and participated in the Gaza Freedom March which attempted to break the siege of Gaza in December 2009. Hilary also served as a human rights observer with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), spending 5 months in Palestine in 2011 where she witnessed Israel's War Crimes on a daily basis.
Stella Carroll (Media Officer) firstname.lastname@example.org
Stella Carroll has been working actively for Justice and Human Rghts in Palestine for over fifteen years. She has visited the region as a journalist, a volunteer and as a Human Rights witness with the World Council of Churches, in the EAPPI programme.
Currently working in an IT/Digital marketing company, she is a former journalist and has worked with R.T.E., in both radio and television for many years. She now writes on a freelance basis.
An active Trade Union Member, Stella is also involved in Community and Voluntary organisations, particularly in relation to the arts and social inclusion in Sligo, Ireland
Gerry Liston email@example.com
Gerry Liston is a trainee solicitor. He spent the summer of 2011 as a research intern for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights in Bethlehem. While in Bethlehem, he lived in Aida refugee camp. His research with Badil focused on the impact of Israeli land and planning law on the Palestinian population living both within Israel and occupied Palestinian territory. This research was published both in Badil’s quarterly publication, al-Majdal, and on the American news website on Middle East, Mondoweiss.
Joan Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Nolan is a retired P.A. who worked in various sectors during her career. With a long standing interest in Middle East politics, Joan is an annual visitor to Palestine where she has witnessed at first hand the situation on the ground. Joan is an active supporter of justice for Palestine.
Val Roche email@example.com
Val Roche is an activist with over 50 years experience working on international and local development issues in Ireland, Latin America, Africa and Asia. In the 1970s, she lived and worked in El Salvador where she was involved in community organisation and activation. In the early 1980s, she worked for the government of Nicaragua establishing research and documentation systems and centres. Returning to Ireland in the 1980s, Val worked as a Project Officer in Trócaire and subsequently as a free-lance consultant with the EU, Dept. of Foreign Affairs and numerous international development organisations.
For many years, Val was the Managing Director and owner of a long-established family business, ‘The Woollen Mills’, one of the most iconic buildings and businesses in Dublin’s city centre, established over 100 years ago and a former workplace of one James Joyce! Val gained substantial knowledge of financial and human resource management and all aspects of business organisation and strategy in this role. Val’s interest in Palestine dates back to 1967 and she passionately believes that the plight of the Palestinian people is the greatest international injustice of our times.
Liam White qualified as a social worker in 1994 from the University of Ulster. Since then Liam has worked throughout Ireland in various social work roles. Liam currently works as a Family Support Manager with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Liam holds a Masters Degree in Family Support Studies and obtained a PhD in 2015 from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Liam’s research area is in reflective practice in child care and family support service provision. He has a particular interest in the area of children`s rights and in particular, advocacy on behalf of children whose rights are being denied or diluted. Liam is a strong supporter of social justice and the achievement of equality, self-determination and parity of esteem, both in Irish society and in an international context.
Justin Kilcullen (Former Executive Director of Trócaire – biography to be added)
Proinsias De Rossa MEP
Proinsias De Rossa was elected to the European Parliament as a member of the Labour Party in June 2009 for his fourth term as an MEP, having first been elected in 1989.
In national politics, Proinsias formerly served as President of the Workers Party and subsequently as Leader of Democratic Left. He has been a senior member of the Labour Party for a long number of years. He served as Minister for Social Welfare in the Irish Government from 1994 – 1997.
As a member of the European Parliament, Proinsias displayed a keen interest in foreign affairs and social policy. He was a member of the European Convention which produced the 2003 draft European constitution. On election to the European Parliament in 1999 he became a Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council (DPLC). During his last term he was elected Chair of that Delegation. As chair of the DPLC he led Parliamentary Delegations each year to the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and Gaza. He also organised many Parliamentary Hearings in Brussels involving both Palestinian and Israeli experts and activists on the plight of Palestinians in the occupied territories and in Israel. He stepped down from Parliamentary politics in February 2012, naming the issue of Palestine as one on which he will continue to be active.
The Right Reverend Monsignor Manuel MusallamThe Right Reverend Msgr. Manuel Manuel Musallam was born in Birzeit, Palestine 1938. He is known far and wide as simply – Abuna Manuel (Fr. Manuel) Fr. Manuel is the retired Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish Gaza having served as its Parish Priest for 14 years. For most of that time the Israeli authorities would not allow him to visit his family and friends in the West Bank.
During his time in Gaza he worked tirelessly in the provision of pastoral care to the Christian community and was noted for the unfailing help and assistance he always extended to his Muslim brothers and sisters. Fr. Manuel also ran The Holy Family Catholic School in Gaza an institution renowned for the quality of its education. This much respected institution offers an education to both Christian and Muslim children with 80% of its pupils coming from the Muslim community.
While in Gaza, Fr. Manual also served as the Vatican’s official representative in Gaza. He is currently the President of the Christian World Department at the International Relations Commission with Fatah and is a member of the Islamic Christian Commission in Support of Jerusalem and the Holy Sites. He is the Director of its Birzeit Office.