Thousands marched in Dublin today to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and to call for action against the ongoing Israeli attacks.
Speakers called for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions from the stage to extended applause as businesses which have publicly announced their own boycotts were also applauded. There were also calls to expel the Israeli Ambassador, Boaz Modai, and a further call from former MEP Paul Murphy who declared that a siege of protest should be placed around the Israeli Embassy until the siege of Gaza is lifted.
A live link-up to Gaza and two Irish-based Palestinian speakers, Dr. Ibrahim Natil and Saleh Rifaie gave the crowd of almost 4,000 their personal accounts of life in Gaza now for them or their relatives. Current MEP Lynn Boylan called the Irish Government’s inaction ‘shameful’.
The well attended address outside the Department for Foreign Affairs finished with a reading from the diary of Rachel Corrie, a young American human rights activist who was killed by the Israeli Defence Forces in 2003.
For more info visit the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign page at www.ipsc.ie