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Call for Ceasefire

European Commission official offers to meet protestors occupying the EC's Dublin offices

The head of the European Commission’s representation in Ireland, Barbara Nolan, has offered to meet the protestors.

LAST UPDATE | 19 Oct 2023

PALESTINE SOLIDARITY ACTIVISTS have occupied a European Commission office in Dublin, calling for the EU to take a stance against Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

Around 10 protesters entered the building housing the EU Commission Representation in Ireland seeking a meeting with the head of the representation, with more demonstrating outside.

The head of the European Commission’s representation in Ireland, Barbara Nolan, has offered to meet the protestors. 

The activists, acting as a group by the name of Dublin for Gaza, are calling for:

  • “ending the EU’s support for Israeli war crimes;
  • de-escalation and immediate ceasefire;
  • immediate establishment of a humanitarian aid corridor;
  • immediate UN protection for Palestinians in Gaza;
  • and sanctions and a cessation of all diplomatic ties with Israel.” 

Barbara Nolan said: “We fully respect the right of people to protest peacefully. These young people have not disrupted working arrangements and are making their voices heard. We are here to listen and understand their concerns. I have offered to meet with them.”

Commenting on the occupation, Councillor John Lyons said that “across the world, people are mobilising and demonstrating in solidarity with the people of Gaza and Palestine, including in Irelandwhere we share a common history of colonialism with the Palestinian people”. 

Dublin for Gaza member David Landy said the EU is “offering full vocal support to these atrocities in defiance of any norms of international law and in defiance of the wishes of decent European citizens”.

“We believe that Israel’s campaign of mass murder and ethnic cleansing amounts to an act of genocide, under the legal definition adopted by the United Nations,” Landy said.

“We are occupying the EU Commission offices as an act of protest against EU complicity in these genocidal acts.”

Lamia Tadjine added: “Let us be clear – blood is on the hands, not just of the Israeli military and leadership, but on the hands of those states and institutions who have provided cover for these atrocities, such as the European Union.”

Gardaí have attended the scene of the protest and spoken to demonstrators.

Israel continued to strike Gaza overnight after days of attacks and preventing humanitarian aid from entering the densely populated territory.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who offered her immediate support to Israel after an unprecedented attack by Hamas on 7 October, has attracted criticism for her response, including among Irish MEPs.

The European Parliament this afternoon has approved a motion for a resolution calling for an immediate de-escalation of the conflict in the Middle East, adopting the resolution with 500 votes in favour to 21 against and 24 abstentions.

Additional reporting by Valerie Flynn 

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