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category dublin | eu | feature author Saturday July 25, 2009 12:11author by Raymond Deane - Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon Report this post to the editors

Intimidated by economic scaremongering ...

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IFPAL on Grafton Street

For the last three days, several activists from the recently formed campaigning group IFPAL (Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon) manned a stall at the top of Dublin's Grafton St, conspicuously decorated with Palestinian flags billowing freely in the breezy, showery weather.

IFPAL seeks to highlight the negative effects of the European Common Foreign and Security Policy, particularly as displayed by Ireland's renunciation of its independent policy on the issue of Israel/Palestine in favour of conformity with that of the more powerful and pro-Israeli EU members. Some 1,300 leaflets were distributed, stating that:

• EU foreign policy has damaged the human and political rights of the Palestinian people by giving Israel financial and political support regardless of its gross human rights violations in breach of numerous statutes of international humanitarian law and the EU-Israel Trade Agreement.
• EU foreign policy has emboldened Israel which continues its policies of murder, ethnic cleansing, illegal detention, home demolition, land and water theft, construction of the illegal apartheid wall, torture, genocide and apartheid without fear of sanction from the EU.
• It would pivot Ireland from its present status as an independent sovereign country to that of a minor subordinate in a newly constituted European superstate.
• It would allow the EU Council to change the manner in which EU foreign policy is decided from unanimity to qualified majority vote thus removing Ireland’s veto.
• Ireland would be obliged to uphold the common EU foreign policy - even if we disagree with the policy.
• Ireland would lose its sovereign right to espouse an independent foreign policy, even in the United Nations where a new EU foreign minister, as proposed by the Lisbon Treaty, would represent all EU member states.
• EU foreign policy is decided behind closed doors away form the gaze of public scrutiny and is being manipulated by a well funded Zionist lobby embedded in the political architecture of the larger states that dominate and control EU foreign policy.

The EU claims to be guided by values of human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. This claim is exposed as a lie when we examine the EU’s relationship with the rogue Israeli state.

The EU aids and supports Israel
When Israel launched a 22 day assault against defenceless, impoverished and imprisoned civilians in Gaza, already severely weakened by a devastating two year siege - a war crime - the EU took no action to protect these people or to rein in or to sanction Israel. As the people of Gaza were attacked day and night from land, sea, and air with weapons of mass destruction, including white phosphorous bombs and flechette nail bombs, the EU continued to promote economic and diplomatic relations with Israel. No Israeli ambassadors were expelled from any EU member state and none of the EU states withdrew their ambassadors from Israel – the very minimum that should have been done. The EU gave Israel the Green light to continue its assault which killed 1417 people including 315 children and left hundreds of others burned, blinded, crippled, and maimed for life in an impoverished and ruined ghetto that has neither the facilities or the means to care for these people. Six months later and the EU has not sent a single ship with aid to the port in Gaza.

Irish Foreign Policy now decided by the EU.
The common EU foreign and security policy has already had a serious negative impact on Irish foreign policy. This is evident from the decisions agreed by Irish foreign minister Michael Martin which are counter to Ireland’s proud record of supporting human rights and the rule of law. In June 2008 Minister Martin agreed to upgrade relations with Israel even though in the previous five months Israel killed over 300 Palestinians, including 60 children. He failed to use the Irish veto to block the EU upgrade despite Israel’s actions which also breached the “essential” human right Article of the EU-Israel Trade Agreement. In doing do he also ignored a direct plea from the Palestinian Prime Minister to our Taoiseach not to agree the EU upgrade. When Israel killed over 300 children in January, Minister Martin took no action to punish Israel for its gross human rights violations. He refused to withdraw the Irish Ambassador or to expel the Israeli ambassador or to even call for a suspension of the EU-Israel trade agreement which affords Israel lucrative concessions on its exports to the EU, its largest trading partner; Minister Martin failed to act because he could not do so without breaching the Common EU Foreign and Security Policy which shelters Israel from sanctions and which all EU states have agreed to uphold. This situation will be set in stone if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified. Israel will continue to be sheltered and aided by the EU and Ireland will have to comply.

The response to the stall was generally favourable, but many people expressed their surprise that this perspective had never been drawn to their attention before. Many, as expected, agreed with IFPAL's point of view but felt intimidated by economic scaremongering. Others said they would vote no anyway, and were delighted to be given a further reason. A remarkable number of Israeli tourists stopped by, most of them disapproving and one or two almost violently hostile. This would seem to confirm that the vast majority of Israelis (100% as far as tourists in Ireland are concerned) are fully content with the criminal policies of their government. IFPAL believes that the Irish government and the Irish people shouldn't share their contentment!

Related Link: http://www.ifpal.ie




Caption: Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon, Information Stall, Grafton St, Dublin

author by TD - Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbonpublication date Sun Jul 26, 2009 06:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon activists from as far afield as Limerick and Galway, in its ongoing campaign to highlight EU policy facilitating Israeli genocide, armed with their new 8ft by 4ft placards, urged concertgoers at yesterday's U2 Croke Park gig to Vote No in the forthcoming Lisbon 2 referendum - the response was broadly favourable but blighted by the vociferous mantras of people clearly scaremongered by fears of the economic kind.


Photo : Sean Clinton (IFPAL, Limerick)
Photo : Sean Clinton (IFPAL, Limerick)

Caption: Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon urge a No vote at U2

Related Link: http://www.ifpal.ie
author by Mark Cpublication date Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

David Cochrane, editor of Politics.ie, has called IFPAL "Another band-wagon anti-Lisbon group", that is made up of "Two people, an old guy and a young guy with grey hair". To me, this says more about Mr Cochrane's fear of a no vote than an assessment of IFPAL.

In essence, he seems to be saying that it is trendy to be anti-Lisbon, or everyone is anti-Lisbon so why not us, or something similar. Perhaps it just shows that there is a growing (or continuing growth!) of opinion against Lisbon.

More at link.

Related Link: http://www.politics.ie/lisbon-treaty/87573-another-band-wagon-anti-lisbon-campaign-group-palestine-solidarity-against-lisbon.html
author by Sampublication date Mon Aug 03, 2009 01:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon Facebook Page can be found here

Related Link: http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=134211475049&ref=mf
author by Bibakshidpublication date Sun Aug 09, 2009 01:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I would like to begin by making reference to your website to avoid any misunderstanding.

On the front page you make a number of points,

And I agree completely with most of them.

However, I have to disagree with you on the position you have taken regarding the Lisbon Treaty. We could get into a discussion about EU, Irish, and International Human Rights Law, and how it can be used to further our aims, and I am open to doing so, but that is not why I am e-mailing now.

I am e-mailing to inform you why I, my fellow Human Rights Law Advocates, and the majority of friends of Palestine support the Lisbon Treaty.

There are many reasons, but there is one that over shadows all the others.

Article 11.4

Not less than one million citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States may take the initiative of inviting the European Commission, within the framework of its powers, to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties.

One million signatures.

That is all we need. I tiny number when our numbers across the whole of the EU are considered.

One million signatures.

As soon as Lisbon comes into force those one million signatures shall be delivered, demanding that the EU work for the Human Rights of the Palestinian people. We have already friends in the Parliament who await this, and the extra powers that they will be granted under Lisbon to affect real change in the lives of the Palestinian people.

If we vote No to Lisbon, we are left with Nice, and we will be left in the same situation as we are now, until David Cameron becomes Prime Minister in the UK, and our ability to work together to put an end to this crime is curtailed.

Consider what will happen if Lisbon is rejected.

Consider what we can do as soon as it is passed.

author by Patrick Henrypublication date Mon Aug 10, 2009 22:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors


I wonder were Ogra protesting outside?

author by One million signaturespublication date Sun Oct 04, 2009 01:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Do you honestly think it would be that simply? Are you suggesting that in order to get anything 'done' within the EU would be to acquire a measly 1 million votes?

And what of the 1 million votes of those who would oppose? What would that be? a political quagmire? as the oligarhcs watch from the top soaking up all the funds, listing to the peasants sqauble and bicker of the issues they think need to be 'changed' but never will.

If you think your current government system was useless.. wait until you the EU in action. Only difference is you'll (as a common citizen of a member country) will have FAR less control and abilities.

Who elect the people who elect the Commision?

You've giving your birth right to an oligarchy class of elite international banksters who will use the combined power of the European military to do Israel's dirty work. In essence a clone of America.

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