Pro-Palestinian activists gathered at the Ballsbridge Court Hotel yesterday evening, Wednesday 7th May, to protest the Israeli Embassy-hosted celebrations for the 60th anniversary of foundation of the State of Israel via the ethnic cleansing of over 700,000 Palestinians in 1948. The protest was called by the IPSC and the Nakba Coalition.
Around 100 activists, mostly dressed in black to mourn the fate of the Palestinian people (then and now), assembled outside the hotel and chanted at those attending the celebration of ethnic cleansing, dispossession and continued oppression carried out by the Israeli state.
Due to the bizarre acoustics, chants of "Shame! Shame!", "Free Palestine!" and "Ethnic Cleansing is nothing to celebrate" could be heard from streets away. More than a few of those attending looked rather disconcerted by the whole affair.
I didn't see any Irish politicians going in - though I'm told this probably has more to do with last night's Dail session rather than a snubbing of the Israeli state.
Big thanks to all who came along and voice their support for the Palestinian cause.