New Irish Anti-Apartheid Campaign calls on Ireland to take action on Israeli apartheid against Palestinians
The three recognised tests for the crime of apartheid are:
1. an institutionalised regime of systematic racial oppression and discrimination;
2. established with the intent to maintain the domination of one racial group over another; and
3. which consists of inhumane acts as an integral part of the regime.
THE JEWISH VIEW OF TROCAIRE’S POSITION.
In many ways the Israeli / Palestinian problem is like the Irish problem.
You have two sides claiming the same piece of land and no great effort at finding a solution.
In fact, in Northern Ireland Republican areas they fly the Palestinian flag and in Loyalist areas they fly the Israeli flag 🙄
I have been to Jerusalem twice and fell immediately in love with the city. The Jesus connection blew me away.
On both occasions I also travelled to the Galilee area and to Tel Aviv.
I made a point of attending a synagogue ceremony and also visited the Dome of the Rock mosque.
Our tour guide was a Jewish woman and I invited her to put the Jewish position to us.
The driver was Palestinian and I asked him to talk to us about the Palestinian position.
I am not on either side.
I think that both Jews and Palestinians have a right to be there.
And I believe that the solution has to be a TWO NATION SOLUTION.
And I understand that Jerusalem itself is a big issue.
As is the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple site.
Should Trocaire be involving itself in the politics of the conflict?
On the one hand you can say that Trocaire is a charity and should stick to charitable matters like providing food, water, shelter, employment, training, health etc.
On the other hand you can say that JUSTICE is very much the business of a Catholic charity.
Trocaire’s own logo says
WORKING FOR A JUST WORLD.
And the great CND leader, Monsignor Bruce Kent once said
“What is politics except how we organise our daily life. And Christianity must care about about people’s daily lives”.
We Christians should want Justice for both Palestinians and Jews.
But it often hard to get people to agree on what justice is, especially in inflamed situations.
LETTER FROM ISRAEL’S AMBASSADOR TO IRELAND