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On 69th Nakba Day, Irish-Palestinian Solidarity Stands Strong

By: The Dawn

“From Ireland to Palestine, we stand together against colonialism, racism and occupation,” said the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

A mural depicting Irish-Palestinian solidarity in Belfast, Ireland | Photo: CC0 Public Domain
A mural depicting Irish-Palestinian solidarity in Belfast, Ireland | Photo: CC0 Public Domain

Nearly seven decades after hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were first expunged from their ancestral homelands as a result of the establishment of the state of Israel, commemorated Monday as Nakba Day, Irish and Palestinian solidarity continues unabashed in the face of ongoing occupation.

Just last week, both the Dublin and Sligo city councils in Ireland voted to fly the Palestinian flag above their city halls in a show of solidarity to mark the 69th anniversary of the mass expulsion that took place in 1948.

“This city council will fly the flag of Palestine over City Hall for the month of May 2017 … as a gesture of our solidarity with the people of Palestine living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, with the Palestinian citizens of Israel denied basic democratic rights, and with the over 7 million displaced Palestinians denied the right of return to their homeland,” the Dublin motion read, Palestinian news outlet Ma’an reported.

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, IPSC, welcomed the move as an “amazing act of solidarity with the Palestinian people.”

 “I’m sure I am echoing the views of all Palestinians in Ireland in saying that these gestures have been truly soul-stirring and deeply emotional on a personal level,” IPSC chairperson Fatin al-Tamimi said in a statement following the announcement.

“We Palestinian Dubs will hold our head high knowing that the people of Dublin support our struggle for justice and self-determination,” she added.

And while hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners enter the 29th day of their historic mass hunger strike that they launched on Palestinian Prisoner’s day, April 17, Irish Republican prisoners in Maghaberry Jail sent a statement of solidarity.

“From Ireland to Palestine, we stand together against colonialism, racism and occupation,” said the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

Nearly seven decades after hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were first expunged from their ancestral homelands as a result of the establishment of the state of Israel, commemorated Monday as Nakba Day, Irish and Palestinian solidarity continues unabashed in the face of ongoing occupation.

Just last week, both the Dublin and Sligo city councils in Ireland voted to fly the Palestinian flag above their city halls in a show of solidarity to mark the 69th anniversary of the mass expulsion that took place in 1948.

“This city council will fly the flag of Palestine over City Hall for the month of May 2017 … as a gesture of our solidarity with the people of Palestine living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, with the Palestinian citizens of Israel denied basic democratic rights, and with the over 7 million displaced Palestinians denied the right of return to their homeland,” the Dublin motion read, Palestinian news outlet Ma’an reported.

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, IPSC, welcomed the move as an “amazing act of solidarity with the Palestinian people.”

“I’m sure I am echoing the views of all Palestinians in Ireland in saying that these gestures have been truly soul-stirring and deeply emotional on a personal level,” IPSC chairperson Fatin al-Tamimi said in a statement following the announcement.

“We Palestinian Dubs will hold our head high knowing that the people of Dublin support our struggle for justice and self-determination,” she added.

And while hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners enter the 29th day of their historic mass hunger strike that they launched on Palestinian Prisoner’s day, April 17, Irish Republican prisoners in Maghaberry Jail sent a statement of solidarity.

“We support the demands of our Palestinian comrades for humane and dignified treatment whilst being held captive by the illegitimate Zionist oppressors,” they wrote last week. “Given the long history of Republican Prisoners and hunger-strikes in Ireland, the Palestinian prison struggle resonates particularly with us.”< /p>

The message is reminiscent of the one sent by Palestinian prisoners in Nafha to the Irish Republican H-Block hunger strikers in 1981, when they declared, “Our people in Palestine and in the Zionist prisons are struggling as your people are struggling against the British monopolies and we will both continue until victory.”

Over the years in Ireland, a number of events, actions and protests have been staged in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, organized by those against the internment and imprisonment of Irish resistance fighters.

The Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network welcomed the support, stating, “From Ireland to Palestine, we stand together against colonialism, racism and occupation, and for justice, freedom and liberation, for all political prisoners and for all occupied peoples.”

Nakba Day has been commemorated every year on May 15 since 1948 by millions of Palestinians and solidarity activists throughout the world.

That day 69 years ago saw some 750,000 Palestinians expelled from their lands, with many forced flee to refugee camps in the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Today, there are more than 5 million Palestinian refugees who remain displaced from their original homes and villages.

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