Richard Boyd Barrett TD: Irish Government must speak out loudly against Israeli aggression in Gaza

In a statement today, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for People Before Profit/ULA and chairperson of the Irish Anti-War Movement said that the Israeli-initiated violence on the Gaza Strip must be addressed in the strongest possible terms. The government should take steps to ensure that no Irish state-funded institution engages in any trade with the state of Israel and cease all grants to Israel made under the EU’s framework programme for research until it complies fully with international law.

The current cycle of violence has left scores of Palestinians dead and injured in an operation with Israel has chillingly called ‘Operation Pillar of Cloud’. It all began when a 12 year old boy playing football was killed by Israel on November 8th which resulted in an exchange of fire by the two sides. On November 12th Palestinian militant groups agreed to a truce and all attacks were stopped. On November 14th Israel broke the cease fire and continues to bombard Gaza as we speak.

Richard Boyd Barrett said: “In the last 24 hours Medical Aid for Palestine has supplied 1,450 blood bags to replenish the stocks of blood at Gaza’s main hospitals, but the hospitals there can’t cope. So far 16 people are dead, including 5 children. The attack on the Strip is reminiscent of start of the 2008 war on Gaza which left 1400 dead, including 300 children.”

“Ireland will have a seat on the UN Human Rights Council beginning in January 2013 which it should use to protect the human rights of the people of Palestine.”

“I call on the Tanaiste to condemn the current attacks on Gaza in the strongest possible terms and to take concrete steps via his opposite number in Israel to stop this bloodshed immediately.”


A number of Emergency Demonstrations are taking place today, Thursday 15th November, around Ireland and Britain in response to the latest Israeli assault on Gaza, codenamed ‘Operation Pillars of Cloud’. Which in total have left at least 16 people dead, including 5 children, and scores wounded. Yesterday alone, reportedly at least 9 people were killed, including 2 children. An Israeli military spokesperson said this is was the beginning of a “widespread campaign” on Gaza.

Please take to the streets today (Thursday) to protest this outrageous attack on the already besieged Palestinian population in Gaza. We must demand an end to such actions and that our government and the international community take meaningful concrete steps to end Israeli impunity once and for all.

Here is a list of protests happening around Ireland and Britain with the time and place of assembly:

Dublin – 5.30pm @ Israeli Embassy, 1
22 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Cork – 6.00pm @ Daunt Square, Cork City

Limerick – 6.15pm @ Thomas Street, Limerick

Belfast – 7.00pm @ City Hall, Belfast

London – 5.30pm @ Israeli Embassy, 2 Palace Green, London W8 4QB

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested, email / text / phonecalls / Facebook & Twitter etc

Dublin event link:

Thank you



You are invited to attend the next Irish Anti War Movement public meeting which is happening on Thursday 8th Novemember in The Teachers Club Parnell Sq. The start time is 7.30pm and the meeting will run for roughly an hour and half.

The title of the meeting is 'Droning On: US Foreign Policy after the Election' and we are delighted to have guest speaker Harry Browne who is a lecturer of media at DIT as well as being a reknowned journalist and activist, plus a panel of other speakers including Irish Anti War Movement chair Richard Boyd Barrett TD.

There will be plenty of time given over to discussion and debate around this topic, and people are invited to make a contribution from the floor which is sure to make for a more lively meeting.

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DRONING ON: US Foreign Policy After The Election

08/11/2012 - 19:30
08/11/2012 - 21:15

Irish Anti War Movement - Public Meeting

Public meeting discussing the future direction of US foreign policy after the election.

With guest speaker Harry Browne [lecturer of media studies and journalist] plus a panel of speakers.

Thursday 8th Novemember, The Teachers Club Parnell Sq. 7.30pm

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