Ireland’s affinity with Palestine in Israel’s war on Gaza | The Listening Post

The one country in Europe that hasn’t lined up behind Israel is Ireland.

Its government has used words like ‘disproportionate’ to describe Israel’s bombing of Gaza – terms like ‘collective punishment’.

Back in 1980, Ireland became the first EU government to call for Palestinian statehood. There is an affinity with Palestinians that is rooted in a shared history of colonialism, occupation and division under British rule.

Ireland’s political consensus on Palestine is, for the most part, reflected in its media. News outlets have provided the kind of journalism that, while hardly radical, cannot be found almost anywhere else in Europe; giving space to both Israelis and Palestinians.

The Listening Post’s Tariq Nafi reports on how the war on Gaza is playing out across Irish politics and media.

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