Gaza: IMPACT supports national demonstration

IMPACT and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions are supporting a national demonstration in solidarity with the people of Gaza this Saturday (2nd August). The protest, organised by the ICTU-supported Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, will assemble at the memorial gardens in Dublin’s Parnell Street at 2pm on Saturday 2nd August, before marching to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Saint Stephen’s Green.

The union has asked members attending the event to look out for the IMPACT banner so that they can march alongside other IMPACT members.

The organisers are asking people to bring banners and flags – but not party political banners – and flowers to lay at the Department of Foreign Affairs in memory of the dead and injured. The death toll in Gaza has now soared above 1,200 – including over 200 Palestinian children – as the Israeli Government further escalates the conflict. Over 7,000 people have been injured including over 1,500 children.

ICTU general secretary David Begg has written to Irish foreign minister Charlie Flanagan today (Wednesday) calling on our Government to “use its vote at all times, in all international fora, to maximise pressure on Israel, which is the aggressor in the conflict, to persuade it to comply with UN resolutions and international law and, in particular, to end the slaughter of the innocents in Gaza.”

Mr Begg called on the Irish Government to adopt a trade ban on goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. “It’s time to move beyond mere condemnation of the occupation of the West Bank and the continued expansion of illegal settlements, and to campaign relentlessly within EU institutions for the suspension of any trade agreements with Israel until it complies with UN resolutions and international law,” he said.

Congress has strongly criticised the Government for joining other EU states in abstaining on a resolution tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week. It also demanded an immediate end to the current hostilities and the complete withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza.

The march comes as Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, condemned last night’s attack on another UN school “in the strongest possible terms” as a “serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.”