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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Palestine

All time
# Conflict
3 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire as tens of thousands gather at Israel-Gaza border
Israel deployed several thousand troops along the border, with the anniversary coming at a sensitive time ahead of its 9 April elections.
# Hamas
Israel continues Gaza air strikes and Palestinian militants fire rockets despite apparent ceasefire
“Our response was very powerful, very very powerful,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
# Tel Aviv
Israel vows to respond 'with force' after seven injured by rocket fired from Gaza Strip
The property was located in around 20km north of Tel Aviv.
# Israeli Ambassador
Israeli ambassador praises RTÉ's 'strong position' on Eurovision boycott calls
His comments come in the wake of renewed calls for RTÉ to sit out this year’s contest.
'Stand on the right side of history': Protest outside RTÉ calls for broadcaster to boycott Eurovision
The protest follows this morning’s announcement that Sarah McTernan will represent Ireland at this year’s contest.
# Anti-Semitism
Long identified as staunch friends of Israel, Democrats are now being accused of anti-semitism
The claims have echoes of those against Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.
Opinion: 'I joined the army out of love for Israel... but I was just playing the part of the British soldier'
‘At first, I hated shooting school children with rubber-coated bullets … but after a few months in Hebron, we would high-five each other every time we hit one’, writes Dean Issacharoff.
# Education
Coveney announces launch of Ireland-Palestine scholarship programme
The programme will allow an “increased cohort” of Palestinian students to study in Ireland, the Tánaiste said.
# occupied territories
Government loses vote on Israeli goods trade ban Bill, as ministers abstain
The government lost by 75 votes to 45 votes, with three abstentions.
# international relations
Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
Opinion: The government should be brave and stand on the right side of history with the Occupied Territories Bill
If Ireland is committed to peace between Israel and Palestine then we must show it and pass this legislation, writes Niall Collins.
# Humanitarian Aid
Coveney announces further €2 million of government funding for Palestinian people
Ireland’s total funding to Palestinian people this year amounted to €15.38 million.
Mary Lou McDonald: 'Leo asked where I was in the Dáil yesterday. I'm in Palestine observing the daily abuse they face'
Yesterday, the Taoiseach asked why the Sinn Féin leader was not in the chamber.
# trouble ahead
Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill
The proposed legislation is due before the Dáil in the new year.
# Scott Morrison
Palestinians slam Australia's move to recognise west Jerusalem as capital of Israel
A contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved.
# Irish Abroad
Edna O'Brien and nun working on Gaza Strip among diaspora receiving awards today
Ten people, chosen from 148 nominations, are set to be honoured by President Higgins today.
# trade restrictions
Seanad passes Occupied Territories Bill despite government opposition
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
# Middle East
New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
# West Bank
Calls for to follow Airbnb's move to remove Israeli West Bank settlement listings
Israel strongly denounced Airbnb’s decision and threatened legal action against the company.
# Middle East
Dublin to host summit on Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the new year
The Tánaiste also said Ireland could be forced in to recognising the State of Palestine.
# Avigdor Lieberman
Explainer: why the resignation of an Israeli Minister over a ceasefire could spell trouble for Benjamin Netanyahu
The move has thrown the ruling Likud government into turmoil, opening up the chance of early elections.
# Boycott
RTÉ won't sanction employees who refuse to travel to Israel for Eurovision
Campaigners have called for next year’s contest to be boycotted.
Simon Coveney: 'It is time to bin climate change denial'
The Tánaiste also used tonight’s speech to the the UN to state the Israel-Palestine conflict is a big foreign policy priority for the Irish government.
# mahmoud abbas visit
Ireland to give extra €1 million to help Palestinian refugees
Mahmoud Abbas met President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney today.
# Funding
Tánaiste: US decision to end aid to Palestinian refugee agency is 'shocking'
The US State Department said it was no longer willing to shoulder “the very disproportionate share of the burden”.
'We have twice had to rebuild our village on the West Bank - now our school is under threat'
The principal of the school used by Palestinian children in Susya makes a direct appeal to the Irish government to support them.
# Clashes
Palestinian border protesters shot dead by Israeli troops
At least 171 Gazans have been killed by Israeli fire since late March.
# Gaza
Pregnant woman and 18-month-old daughter killed in Israeli air strikes
A Hamas militant was also killed and at least 12 other people were injured.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you support restrictions on trade with Israel?
Government ministers look set to clash on a bill which would introduce a trade ban on Israeli goods.
# gaza strip
After Israeli strikes on Gaza following soldier's death, a ceasefire is holding steady
Israel did not confirm the ceasefire, which supposedly came into effect at midnight.
# Boycott
Israeli minister calls for immediate closure of embassy here following Seanad boycott vote
“We don’t turn the other cheek to those who boycott us.”
# Occupied Territories Bill 2018
Israeli embassy says Seanad support for trade ban with occupied lands is 'populist, dangerous and extremist'
The government opposed the Bill.
# occupied territories bill
Shatter slams proposed trade ban with lands occupied by Israel; Senator tells him to take the time to read the Bill
Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter accused Fianna Fáil of ‘losing their moral compass’ by supporting the Bill.
# occupied territories bill
Fianna Fáil to support trade ban with lands held by Israel, but embassy calls it 'immoral'
The Embassy of Israel said the boycott will not facilitate Ireland’s role or influence in the Middle East.
# Palestine
'I've never been a boycott fan': Micheál Martin unlikely to support Eurovision boycott
Martin said his party is considering a Bill tabled in the Seanad that aims to prohibit Ireland from trading with any companies originating in an occupied territory.
# Palestine
"The resonances are huge": Carrie Crowley on why she's supporting a boycott of the Eurovision in Israel next year
She was speaking as part of a group of Irish artists and public figures like Eurovision commentator Mike Murphy, music legend Christy Moore and Senator David Norris who launched the boycott campaign today in Dublin.
# Jerusalem
Calls for RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel next year
Sinn Féin has called on the national broadcaster and the Irish government to boycott Israel which won the song contest this year.
# tensions
Coveney says he had ‘frank dialogue’ with Benjamin Netanyahu about Gaza
Coveney has previously said that it is time for the international community to act to save Gaza.
# Political Football
Argentina cancels its Israel World Cup friendly in Jerusalem
A Palestinian football boss had urged fans to burn shirts bearing Messi’s name if he played the match in Jerusalem.