Gaza Action Ireland, which grew out of the Irish Ship to Gaza initiative, is a solidarity group that organises civil-society contacts between Ireland and Palestinians in the Gaza strip. It is responsible for the Windows Into Gaza art exhibition that is currently touring Ireland, and it is planning to bring a team of young footballers from Gaza to play here. In addition to artists and sports clubs, it has also forged links with fishermen, journalists, human-rights activists and providers of emergency services.
Although the work of GAI is mostly based around our long-term projects with civil society, during Israel’s most recent murderous assault on Gaza, we organised many events in solidarity with the Palestinian people who were under attack. These included ‘die-ins’, protests to the Department of Foreign Affairs about Ireland’s shameful decision to abstain on a UN vote into war crimes committed in Gaza, and symbolic ‘sieges’ of the Israeli Embassy in Dublin.