We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.


This haunting installation - using 556 baby vests - had people talking in Dublin today

In case you were wondering, here’s what it was all about…

IF YOU WERE in the Sandymount area of Dublin today, and hurrying along the coast road – you may have witnessed the following sight…

8/7/2015. PalFest Ireland Art Installation. PalFes Eamonn Farrell Eamonn Farrell

The installation was erected by artists involved with PalFest – an event organised to mark the first anniversary of last year’s Israel-Gaza conflict.

The striking image had people talking on Twitter:

A total of 2,251 Palestinians were killed during last summer’s violence.

More than 10,000 were wounded and 100,000 were left homeless.

According to the event’s organisers:

The 556 infant vests on uprights represent the number of children killed by the Israeli bombardment of Gaza a year ago.

The conflict

On the Israeli side 73 people were killed, of whom 67 were soldiers. Up to 1,600 were wounded, according to the United Nations.

The conflict broke out after an upsurge in hostilities in June of last year.

During the evening of July 7 at least 80 rockets were fired into southern and central Israel, with the military wing of Hamas claiming responsibility.

The next day, Israel launched ‘Protective Edge’ with air strikes, on what it said were “approximately 50″ Gaza targets.

Bombardments of the coastal strip continued until an Egyptian-brokered truce was reached in Cairo at the end of August.

Today’s installation was organised by members of Irish Artists in support of Palestine and the Irish Palestine Solidarity Committee. Other events are also scheduled for the coming days.

Read: “An onslaught, not a conflict”: One year on, Dr Mads Gilbert on operating under siege in Gaza >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.