Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ireland And Palestine

Ever since I started to see how much of it there was, I've admired Irish sympathy for Palestine. It comes out of the fact that foreign occupation, a central part of Irish cultural memory, is a reality in Palestine today.

In the last few years, we've had Irish Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire on Gaza relief flotillas. And in our country, there's Pat Leahy likening the Palestinians to his Irish ancestors. As far as (minor, symbolic) official action goes, the Irish government upgraded the Palestinian delegation to embassy status earlier this year.

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