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category international | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Wednesday July 08, 2009 00:36author by Michael Gallagher - Photographerauthor email libertypics at yahoo dot ie Report this post to the editors

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Derek Graham and Mairead Maguire recieved a warm and cheery welcome by family, friends, members of IPSC and other supporters.at Dublin Airport last night.

At a well attended press conference in a nearby hotel, both Derek and Maréid gave a detailed and sombre account of their ordeal at the hands of the IDF.

See interview with Vincent Browne after the press conference.

http://tv3.ie/shows.php?request=nightlynewswithvincentb...rowne
Derek Graham greeted by his mother-in-law.
Derek Graham greeted by his mother-in-law.

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Mairead Maguire with her husband
Mairead Maguire with her husband

IPSC members and other supporters at Dublin Airport
IPSC members and other supporters at Dublin Airport

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The press conference
The press conference

author by Michael GAllagherpublication date Wed Jul 08, 2009 00:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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author by Michael Gallagherpublication date Wed Jul 08, 2009 01:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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The Gaza 2
The Gaza 2

author by Kev - IPSC (pers cap)publication date Wed Jul 08, 2009 17:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Speech by Freda Hughes, National Events Coordinator of the IPSC

7th July 2009, Radisson Blu Hotel, Free Gaza Homecoming Press Conference.

Last Monday 29th June, Derek and Mariead set sail on the Free Gaza boat the Spirit of Humanity, along with 19 other international peace activists on a mission to deliver much needed medical supplies, food, toys and olives tree to the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip has been officially under siege since 2007. A recent International Committee of the Red Cross report highlighted the stark living conditions for the people of this beleaguered strip.

For example seriously ill patients are not getting the treatment they need and thousands of Gazans whose homes and belongings were destroyed half a year ago remain without adequate shelter. It states that the almost 4.5 billion dollars pledged for reconstruction by donor countries will be of little use as long as Israel prevents building materials and other essential items from being imported into the Gaza Strip. Essential water and sanitation infrastructure remain insufficient: every day the equivalent of 28 Olympic-size swimming pools of sewage is pumped directly and more or less untreated into the Mediterranean. Hospitals are struggling because complex and lengthy Israeli import procedures slow down the delivery of basic medical necessities. The ICRC demanded that the restrictions on the movement of people and goods be lifted. This is also the stance of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

On a diplomatic level, the IPSC is calling for the suspension of the EU-Israel Association agreement (also known as the Euro Med Agreement) on the grounds of constant Israeli breaches of Article 2 of the agreement. The agreement grants Israel preferential trading relations with EU member states, as well as cooperation in scientific, educational and artistic fields .

Article 2 states that respect for human rights and democratic principles are –quote- “an essential element” – unquote – of the Euro Med Agreement. Essential, not optional. The Israeli slaughter in Gaza at the beginning of the year that left over 2,400 people dead, and the ongoing brutal Siege of Gaza in place since 2007 are just two in a long line of actions that have shown Israel’s contempt for human rights and democratic principles.

The IPSC feels, given that the EU is Israel’s biggest trading partner, that even the threat of suspension of the Agreement could see a change in Israeli behaviour towards the Palestinians. However, it is not something the EU seems willing to act on. The IPSC therefore calls on the Irish Government to take a leading role in Europe in arguing for the suspension of the Euro Med Agreement.

On an individual and institutional level, we advocate a comprehensive Economic, Cultural, Sporting and Academic Boycott campaign against the Apartheid State of Israel and its representatives, similar to the international campaign adopted against Apartheid South Africa. We also call on businesses involved with Israel to divest.

We must remember that the kidnapping of the 21 Free Gaza activists, which however horrific for the abductees and their families, is merely the latest in a long line of Israeli acts of disregard for international law – from the ethnic cleansing of 700,000 Palestinians in 1948, to the illegal Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, to the brutal suppression of the first and second intifadas, to the ravaging of Gaza earlier this year, through to the ongoing Siege of Gaza of which the kidnapping is a part. The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign will continue to fight against these, and future, injustices.

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A full video of the press conference will be posted by TD later today. And also presumably coverage of the arrival in Dublin airport.

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie
author by TD - Free Palestine Campaignpublication date Wed Jul 08, 2009 21:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"A full video of the press conference will be posted by TD later today. And also presumably coverage of the arrival in Dublin airport" :
Both are being uploaded on Politube at the moment and barring gremlins should be available for viewing within a few hours.?

author by TD - FPCpublication date Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This video is the last footage taken onboard the Spirit Of Humanity before its voyage to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza was prematurely halted by Israeli special forces. It shows the atmosphere inside the cabin as the crew try to negotiate with the Isreali ship via radio (scroll down page).

Related Link: http://www.ricenpeas.com/2009/July/cynthia_mckinney_intvw.html
author by TD - FPCpublication date Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Press Conference : On arrival at Dublin Airport after their deportation from Israel, Free Gaza Movement human rights activists Mairead Corrigan-Maguire & Derek Graham.


Caption: Press Conference : Free Gaza Movement deportees Mairead Corrigan-Maguire & Derek Graham, Dublin Airport

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