Dail Eireann Foreign Affairs Committee
Reception by the Lord Mayor of Dublin
11:30 am Viewing of exhibitions at Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle
The Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses a priceless collection of early Christian and Islamic Manuscripts from the Middle East the museum’s collection also comprises miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights of the collection.
Dr David Hutchinson Edgar (below, second from left) author of “Treasuring the Word: An Introduction to Biblical Manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Library ”, kindly acted as guide to our guests.
From left: Hanna Hanna; Mr Constantine Dabbagh; Marie Crawley; Archbishop Hanna; Father Musallam;
Phillip O'Connor; David Morrison; Alan Lonergan; Seham Musallam; Peter Byrne.
The viewing was followed by lunch at The Silk Road Café in the Library.
3:00 pm Presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs
Each of our guests addressed the Committee and answered questions from Committee members. The transcript of the meeting is available from the Oireachtas here.
Sadaka Chair, Marie Crawley, made the following remarks at the close of the session:
"I would like to make a brief comment on behalf of Sadaka. I would like to express concern over Deputy Barrett’s comment that the international community and the negotiations need to be approached with balance. This is not a balanced situation. This is not a conflict of equals. This is an occupation. We have an occupier and we have an occupied people. We have an oppressor and we have an oppressed people. We have a powerful people and we have a powerless people. To approach that situation with balance is to side with the occupier. The international community does not need to approach the situation with a sense of balance, but needs to exert pressure on the state of Israel until such time as it complies with international law and ends the occupation."
5:30 pm Reception and meeting with the Lord Mayor of Dublin in the Mansion House
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Gerry Breen hosted a reception for the visiting church delegation in the Mansion House, Dublin. Invited guests included government, trade union and church leaders as well as supporters of Sadaka and representatives of NGOs active on Palestine.