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Post by Admin on Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:30 pm

Dear friends,

No doubt you’ve seen and read a lot of coverage about the Gaza blockade in recent weeks. Sadly, it took the deaths of several peace activists to bring the daily horror of Gaza’s civilian population to the attention of world media.

Israel recently claimed it was about to ease the blockade and publish a list of banned items, allowing all other civilian items into Gaza. This is a devious attempt to gain a “quick win” for Israel and detract from the real issue of an Apartheid Israeli state that has no regard for international law and treats Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza with contempt.

No timetable has been issued for the publication of this new list of banned items. The crucial issue of whether commercial goods will be allowed to cross into Gaza to allow the recovery of its crippled economy was not explicitly addressed in the statements made. Decisions are still pending, according to an Israeli official.

Aid agencies have cautioned that concrete implementation of any relaxation of the siege could be hampered by Israeli foot-dragging. "The siege must be ended, not just eased," said UN spokesman Chris Gunness, "otherwise Israel continues to be in breach of international law."

Gisha, an Israeli human rights organisation, said in a statement: "A policy consistent with international law would allow free passage of raw materials into Gaza, export of finished goods, and the travel of persons not just for 'humanitarian' reasons but also for work, study, and family unity - subject only to reasonable security checks."

Nonetheless, the illegal blockade of Gaza continues.

Unrwa's (the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees) list of items that have been refused entry at various times includes essential medicine, cars, fridges, computers, wood, cement, light bulbs, candles, matches, books, musical instruments, crayons, clothing, shoes, mattresses, sheets, blankets, lentils, pasta, tea, coffee, jam, fruit juice, canned fruit, chocolate, nuts, shampoo and conditioner.

As well as restricting the above basic items, the blockade has imposed awful living conditions on over 1.5 million people including the following:

• A third of cooking gas requirements are not met
• Electricity is cut for circa 8 hours a day
• 80% of water does not meet WHO needs
• 70% of Gazan families live on less than $1 per day per person
• There is massive unemployment
• Critical Medicine and Medical equipment is not allowed into Gaza
• An estimated $140 million of damage was done to Gaza business during Operation Cast Lead. These have yet to be rebuilt
• Before the blockade, 3,900 industrial premises were operating, employing 35,000 people - by June 2008, only 90 were still functioning, employing only 860, according to the Palestinian Trade Centre
• The UN's FAO says $180m of trees, fields, livestock, greenhouses and nurseries were destroyed during Operation Cast Lead
• 15% of agricultural land is destroyed
• With agricultural exports at almost zero, thousands of tonnes of flowers, fruit and vegetables have been destroyed or sold at a loss on the local market. One poultry farmer had to slaughter 165,000 chicks because he did not have the fuel for the incubators to keep them alive

Now that the world’s attention is on the situation in Gaza, we must seize the opportunity to make a decisive difference and not allow Israel to extricate itself from the bind in which it now finds itself bowing to world pressure. The IPSC has been to the forefront of recent political lobbying, media, PR and public awareness work in Ireland to ensure that our Government meets its responsibilities and that the Irish people are clear about the truth. Israeli Apartheid in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel itself is abhorrent and must stop now. This blockade is illegal. It is a collective punishment of 1.5 million people - condemned to face enforced and avoidable poverty, human rights abuses and appalling hardships - often just because of where they were born. It is the duty of every right thinking individual of conscience to ensure that such inhuman treatment is no longer allowed and ignored by the world. This is what the IPSC is currently focused on.

Our work has received backing from politicians from all sides of Leinster House. As a direct result of the IPSC’s efforts, Waterford City Council last week followed what is now a growing trend of council motions against Israeli Apartheid and approved a motion to expel the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland. We need your support for this work to continue at this vital time.

This Email is an urgent direct appeal to you as a supporter of justice for the Palestinian people to make a one-off donation to the campaign.

***NB: If you have already donated in recent days, thank you. We are not asking you to donate again.***

You can donate online now by following the links below.

It’s quick, easy and much needed.


There are 4 easy ways for you to donate. Make your choice from the options below:

1. Donate Online Now Via PayPal

Click this link - http://ipsc.ie/get_involved_donate_paypal.php - to make a quick and easy donation to the IPSC via PayPal. You can make a once-off donation, or set up a monthly donation.


2. Arrange A Bank Standing Order

You can take out a monthly, quarterly or annual standing order with the IPSC by going to the following link, filing out and returning the form: http://ipsc.ie/get_involved_SO.php


3. Cheques, Drafts & Postal Orders

Make cheques, drafts or POs payable to 'IPSC' and send to
IPSC,
Unit 5, 64 Dame Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland


4. Transfer Money Directly To Our Account

If you transfer money, please mark it as ‘IPSC Appeal’ and let us know for our records, thank you.

---Bank Account Details (Euro)---

Account Name: Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Account Holder Address: Unit 5, 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Bank Name & Address: Bank of Ireland, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.
ACCOUNT NO: 42327706
SORT CODE: 900084
IBAN: IE16BOFI90008442327706
BIC (SWIFT): BOFIIE2D



---Bank Account Details (Sterling)---

Account Name: IPSC-Fermanagh
Account Holder Address: Unit 5, 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Bank Name & Address: Bank of Ireland, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh
ACCOUNT NO: 33094226
SORT CODE: 90-50-45


Thank you again for your support and solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Yours truly,

Mark McDonnell
Fundraising Officer
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Re: Gaza Appeal -Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Post by Clare on Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:43 pm

Today the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign's 'Twelve Days of CRHistmas' online video campaign draws to a close. The final video, a compilation of the five Monty Python inspired sketches, has just been posted at the link below.

-On the twelfth day of Christmas, CRH gave to me ... twelve lame excuses-
http://12daysofcrhistmas.ipsc.ie/12th

Please spread the link on social networking sites, blogs etc.

====================
The New Year in Palestine
====================

We are only 5 days into 2011 and already two Palestinians - Mahmoud Daraghma (21) and Jawaher Abu Rahmah (31 - sister of our friend Bassem, who was also murdered in April 2009) - have become fatalities in Israel's ceaseless ethnic cleansing. Meanwhile, the siege of Gaza and Israeli airstrikes continue, as do settler attacks on Palestinians and state repression of Palestinian citizens of Israel, Jewish-Israeli and international anti-occupation activists. Despite the "calm" one might perceive from Western media sources, the occupation remains as harsh as ever for the Palestinian people and therefore solidarity actions also remain necessary as ever.

We hope you will continue to show your solidarity with the Palestinian people in 2011 and to support the work of the IPSC and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctios movement.

If you are not already a member of the IPSC, why not make it a New Year's Resolution to get involved today? http://www.ipsc.ie/join

In Solidarity,
Kevin Squires
IPSC National Coordinator
http://www.ipsc.ie

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