From Ireland to Gaza: Irish artists send message of solidarity to Palestine
It was a message of solidarity through light. On Wednesday, a group of Irish artists and filmmakers shone an image of support for Gaza by projecting its name on the Cliffs of Moher.
Their design was simple – the word “Gaza” in bold type, with a heart. It was projected onto the seaside cliffs that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
Named From Ireland with Love, the group behind the initiative includes artists, photographers, filmmakers, aid workers, lighting designers and event planners from County Clare, Ireland, who have worked with local farmers to document the scene.
“The image is a symbol of both grief and empathy, and is particularly aimed at the children of Gaza, both those who were killed and those who survived the murder of the rest of their families,” he said. writes the group in a statement.
From Ireland with Love made a special mention of the children who survived the aerial bombardment of Gaza by Israeli forces which took place for 11 days in mid-May.
“Among many others, the image is dedicated to survivors Suzy Ishkontana, 6, Omar al-Hadidi, 5 months and Aziz Al-Kolak, 10,” the statement said.
“It is also dedicated to Rola, Hala and Yara Al-Kolak, all under the age of 12, who received psychological and psychosocial support through the Norwegian Refugee Council in the months leading up to their recent deaths. “
Israeli airstrikes killed more than 250 people in Gaza, including 68 children.
The screening also aims to help raise funds for the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund, which provides medical and humanitarian support in Gaza.
Among those involved in the From Ireland with Love initiative were documentary filmmakers and first responders who had spent time in Palestine. One of them, Dearbhla Glynn, filmmaker and artist, had worked on a film in Gaza and currently lives near the Cliffs of Moher.
“For those we mourn and those who survive,” Glynn wrote on Instagram. “We projected popular solidarity and deep respect, symbolically, as a beacon in storms of injustice, or – as a friend put it – as a ‘ray of love’.”
In a separate statement, she also acknowledged the wave of solidarity that has spread across Ireland for Palestine in recent weeks. “We wanted to add to the responses already organized across the country, using the visual arts medium,” she said.
Solidarity between Ireland and Palestine goes back a long way and grew stronger in the 1960s, especially after the Six Day War in 1967 which turned 325,000 Palestinians into refugees.
It was also in the late 1960s that the Troubles, a period of conflict in Northern Ireland between Unionists who wanted to maintain ties with Great Britain and Irish Republicans, who sought a united Ireland free from British rule. , have started.
In 1980, Ireland approved the creation of a Palestinian state, making it the first member state of the European Union (EU) to do so. In May, the Irish government again became the first in the EU to condemn what it called the “de facto annexation” of Palestinian land by Israel.