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Thousands march in Dublin for pro-Palestinian demonstration

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Thousands marched in Dublin on Saturday in support of Palestine amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. For the fifth demonstration of its kind to take place in Dublin, organisers estimate more than 60,000 people were in attendance.

The demonstration began at the Garden of Remembrance and ended outside of Leinster House, where members of the organising group, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), spoke to the large crowd and directed chants. Singer Christy Moore also performed a song called ‘Palestine’ by American singer Jim Page.

Demonstrators, some wearing keffiyeh scarves, carried placards and waved Irish and Palestinian flags.
Speakers also included IPSC chairwoman Zoe Lawlor and Palestinian human rights lawyer Tala Nasir.

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To date, at least 34,262 people have been killed in Gaza, more than 14,500 of those being children and 8,400 women. Similar demonstrations to those in Dublin have been taking place across the world this week.

Most notably, hundreds of faculty members at Columbia University in New York held a mass walkout on Monday to protest against the school president’s decision to have police arrest students at a pro-Palestinian encampment protest last week.

Protests also took place in Berlin this week, where Irish participants were told they were not allowed to speak or sing in Irish at the protest camp near the Reichstag. Around 40 protesters who attended the ‘ciorcal comhrá’ (conversation circle) event were ordered by police not to chant or sing in Irish following new rules in Germany that only allow for English and German to be used at protests.

In Dublin, protesters were outspoken against the United States’ support of Israel during the crisis. This week, however, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to announce sanctions against the Israel Defense Forces for human rights violations in the occupied West Bank.

US President Joe Biden has signed off on a $95 billion security package that includes $26 billion for Israel. A US envoy has stated that Israel must do everything in their power to avoid a famine in Gaza. Tánaiste Micheál Martin has accused Israel of collectively punishing the people of Gaza.

Taoiseach Simon Harris has worked with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to convince a number of European states to sign up to a joint recognition of Palestinian statehood. Mr. Harris believes other member states are “coming close” to recognising the state of Palestine but has refused to identify those he has spoken to.

“I do believe there’s a number of member states in the European Union who do wish to recognise the state of Palestine. It’s not for me to speak for them, but certainly I think they share our perspective that you would do that to try and create momentum towards the recognition of a two-state solution. I certainly articulated last night our concern that the two-state solution is being de-prioritised in a lot of the discourse and it’s very important, very important that the European Union gets back to placing it front and centre.”

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