Since the October 7 attack on the Gaza Strip and the subsequent Israeli bombing of… sectorIreland has emerged as an “outlier” country in Europe because of its stance on the conflict, as the majority of people there sympathize with Palestinian civilians even if they condemn the attack on Israel.
From this observation, the New York Times – in a report written by Megan Specia – set out to shed light on the roots of the deep and rooted support provided to Palestinian civilians in Ireland, noting that many attribute it to a shared history of British colonialism, and a similar experience of a painful and difficult to resolve conflict.
The writer referred to what the artist, Reonash Neel, and a group of friends did when they set up a small platform in front of the United States Embassy in Dublin, and took turns over the course of 11 and a half hours to read thousands of names of the Palestinian martyrs since Israel began bombing Gaza, according to a list published by the authorities. Health in Gaza.
Getting closer to revenge
Neill (52 years old) said that this was an attempt to express the enormity of the loss of life, and added, “I think the real basis in Ireland is that human rights are valued, and what is happening now is the destruction of universal human rights. This is not something that can be ignored.”
Irish lawmakers from across the political spectrum condemned the attack on Israel, but they were also the first in Europe to call for the protection of Palestinian civilians and condemn the scale of the Israeli response.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar acknowledged Israel's right to defend itself, but what is unfolding in Gaza “comes close to revenge,” in his opinion, and Irish President Michael D. also said. Higgins, Israeli strikes that have killed civilians threaten to leave human rights conventions “in tatters.”
The newspaper found that these views are prevalent in Ireland, in an opinion poll published last month opinion About 71% of respondents described Israel's response as “disproportionately severe”, as tens of thousands took part in weekly protests to demand an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza.
Jane Allmeyer, a professor of history at Trinity College Dublin, said that Ireland's status as a former British colony “shaped how people there dealt with the politics of post-colonial conflicts,” adding that this history distinguishes Ireland from a number of countries in Western Europe, some of which were colonial powers. It gives it common ground with the Palestinians.
Ulster is Jewish
British officials – according to the newspaper – drew similarities between the Irish and the Palestinians, when Ronald Storrs, who was governor of Jerusalem until 1926, wrote in his memoirs that if a sufficient number of Jews moved to Palestine, “it would form a small Jewish Ulster loyal to Britain,” in reference to To the English settlers who were sent to Northern Ireland on what became known as the “Ulster Plantation”.
Although Ireland, like the rest of Europe, favored a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and communicated with the leaders of both sides, its relations with Israel became strained in the weeks following the October 7 attack, as Israel summoned the Irish ambassador to rebuke him, and Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said that the Prime Minister The Irishman has lost his “moral compass.”
The newspaper noted that the war in Gaza reminds some of those who lived through the conflict that broke out in the late twentieth century in Northern Ireland, of the trauma of the past, and also reminds them of the possibility of hope.
Irish journalist Patrick Quilty sent a message to “the families whose lives were torn apart in Israel and Palestine,” and said, “We are currently living our miracle on this island, because we live in peace.” He added, “For everyone in Israel and Palestine tonight, it may not seem that way, but “There is always hope, and we hope that your miracle will come soon.”