Sep 3, 2010

Protest at Ireland v Israel match as pro-Palestinian Activists Love Football and Hate Apartheid - #BDS

The protest begins outside the pre-match function in the Royal Hotel

In Bray on Wednesday 25th August over 60 members and supporters of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) took part in a demonstration as the Irish Women's soccer team played Israel in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier at the Carlisle Grounds (home of Bray Wanderers FC).

Before the match a pre-match dinner and reception was hosted by the Israeli Embassy at the Royal Hotel in Bray where the protest commenced. Two local Sinn Féin councillors, John Brady and Rossa Murray, who had received invites to this dinner attempted to enter the reception. Upon arrival the two councillors, who were wearing Palestinian football jerseys, were refused entry and were escorted out of the reception by Israeli security officials.

Contrary to the often expressed view that politics and sport do not mix, at this function the Israeli embassy staff handed out ridiculous pro-Israeli state propaganda directed against Palestinians.

Following the dinner, the protest then moved to outside the gates of the Carlisle grounds where the game was actually taking place.

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