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Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association – ADDAMEER – Petition: Tell Bill Gates to divest from Israel’s torture of Palestinians!

Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association – ADDAMEER – Petition: Tell Bill Gates to divest from Israel’s torture of Palestinians!.

Mk-15 Barrack Buster Mortar

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The National Pledge – Éire

Supporters of the Irish Republican Army

Barrack Buster

Mk-15 Barrack Buster Feb 2010.

IRA’s Barrack Buster Mortar

Type Improvised Mortar

Place of origin – Northern Ireland

Service history

Used by Provisional IRA Duiring The Troubles

Production history

Designed 1992

Manufacturer home-made

Specifications

Shell HE 196–220 pounds (80–100 kg)

Caliber 320mm (12.75in)

Maximum range 275 yards (250 m)

Filling semtex

Detonation

mechanism Impact

Barrack buster is the colloquial name given to several improvised mortars, developed in the 1990s by the engineering group of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).

The first barrack buster – known to the British security forces as the Mark 15 mortar – consisted of a one metre long metal propane cylinder with a diameter of 36 cm that contained around 70 kg of home-made explosives and with a range between 75 and 275 m. The cylinder is an adaptation of a commercial ‘Kosangas’ gas cylinder for heating and cooking gas used in rural areas in Ireland.

It was first used in an attack on 7 December 1992 against a security base in Ballygawley, County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland, injuring a number of RUC officers. The projectile was deflected by the branches of a tree, which prevented further damage.

Provisional IRA’s improvised mortars

The barrack buster belongs to a series of home-made mortars developed since the 1970s. The first such mortar—Mark 1—was used in an attack in May 1972 and it was soon followed by the first of a series of improved or differentiated versions stretching into the 1990s:

Mark 1 (1972): consisted of a 50 mm copper pipe filled with 10 ounces (0.26 kg) of plastic explosives. Propelled and detonated by two commercial low-caliber cartridges[which?].

Mark 2 (1972–73): an 8 in length 57 mm steel pipe filled with two pounds (0.9 kg) of explosive and detonated by a 12 gauge shotgun cartridge. This weapon resulted in the first fatality due to PIRA mortars when a British soldier was killed trying to defuse a misfired projectile launched on Fort Monagh barracks at Turf Lodge, Belfast, on 10 December 1972.

Mark 3 (1973–74): a 60 mm mortar barrel with a static firing pin on the plate and a range of 260 yards (237 m). Propelled by a dried mixture of rags and sodium chlorate and detonated by a charge of ammonium nitrate. Used in attacks on Creggan Camp, Derry and Lisanelly barracks, Omagh, in 1973. During an attack on a police station a misfired mortar killed two IRA men operating the mortar.

Mark 4 (1974): Basically a Mark 3 with a larger charge of propellant which extended its range to 400 yards (365 m). The bomb was filled with 1 pound (0.45 kg) of ammonium nitrate and aluminium powder. Used only in one known attack on a base in Strabane, County Tyrone, on 22 February 1974.

Mark 5 (1974): Never used in any known attack, the security forces learned of it after the discovery of an IRA workshop at Cushendall, Antrim, in 1974.

Mark 6 (1974–94): A 60 mm conventional mortar with a bipod and base plate and a range of 1,200 yards (1,097 m). The shell was propelled by a charge of homemade gunpowder, ignited by a .22 cartridge. The warhead, made of 3 pounds of Semtex, was detonated by another .22 cartridge on impact. The bomb armed itself “by means of a wind-driven propeller, which is an integral part of the striker”. A Mark 6 grenade was thrown by hand on the roof of an armored vehicle from the top of Divis Flats, Belfast, causing widespread damage and some casualties. It was used in March 1994 in three attacks on Heathrow airport in Britain. It is not known to have been used after these actions.

Mark 7 (1976): Longer version of Mark 6.

Mark 8 (1976): Longer version of Mark 6.

Mark 9 (1976–?)

Mark 10 (1979–94): A large caliber mortar containing 44–220 pounds (20–100 kg) explosives. Its first use on 19 March 1979 caused the first deliberate victim—a British soldier—from an IRA mortar attack in Newtownhamilton, South Armagh. It was primarily designed for use against police stations and military bases, and was used in the 1985 Newry mortar attack which killed nine Police Officers. It was used in several attacks using configurations with multiple launching tubes, “often launched from the back of Transit type vans”. Three such mortars using a mixture of ammonium nitrate and nitrobenzene—known as “Annie”—as warhead were used on 7 February 1991 in an IRA attack on 10 Downing Street in London against British Prime Minister John Major and his War Cabinet during the first Gulf War.

It was superseded by the larger Mark 15.

Mark 11 (1982–?) : Used for the first time on 13 May 1989 against a British Army observation post in Glassdrumman, South Armagh. The mortar had a range of 550 yards (519 m).

Mark 12 (1985–?): Fired horizontally against armoured vehicles as well as RUC/Army bases. Also referred to as Improvised Projected Grenade. With a warhead made of 40 ounces (1.1 kg) of Semtex and TNT. Used successfully in 1991 and 1992.

Mark 13 (1990–?): A spigot mortar, usually lobbed to the intended target from the back of a heavy vehicle.

Mark 14 (1992–?)

Mark 15 (1992–?): First mortar known as “barrack buster”. It is the “standard IRA large calibre [mortar] system” and described as having “the effect of a ‘flying car bomb’”. It has a calibre of 320 mm and loads with 196–220 pounds (80–100 kg) explosives and a maximum range of 275 yards (250 m). It has also been used in configurations with multiple launch tubes with an attack using 12 tubes against a British military base in Kilkeel, County Down, on 9 October 1993 as being the “record”.Two British helicopters, one Lynx from the Army and an RAF Puma, were brought down by this type of mortar between March and July 1994 in South Armagh. Author Toby Harnden describes the 1994 shooting down of the Lynx as the most successful attack on a helicopter by the IRA during the Troubles. The barrel was usually attached to a hydraulic hoist towed by a tractor to the launching site.

Mark 16 (1991–?): A shoulder fired weapon for use against armoured vehicles. Used successfully in eleven attacks [15] from late 1993 to early 1994. Also described as Projected Recoilless Improvised Grenade. The projectile consisted of a shaped charge with armour piercing capabilities, made of a tin can of 1 pound (0.45 kg) filled with 600 grammes of Semtex.

Strategic impact

The intensification of the IRA’s mortar campaign in the late 1980s forced the British government to increase the number of army troops in Northern Ireland from its lowest ebb of 9,000 in 1985 to 10,500 by 1992. The IRA’s use of mortars combined with heavy machine guns compelled the British Army to build their main checkpoints more than a mile away from the border by 1992.

Supporters of the Irish Republican Army

These are Homemade Devices, A Little Know How and Bobs Yer Uncle, Easily Made, Like Many of the Weapons of that Era, Even Semtex and Fertilizer Explosives Can Be Made.

Supporters of the Irish Republican Army

Its on Google Josephine, A Great Little book if You can Aquire it is the CIA`s Book of Dirty Tricks or the Anarchist Cookbook also known here as the Jolly Roger, Both have too many Improvised Devices to mention ranging from mortars to Semtex to mines and even napalm, it has everything to a tee, but be careful as many experienced people have blown a hand off or worse, its not kids stuff. Parental Guidance is a must lol.

video of the mortar above being made and fired. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fif3po-MTqE

Provisional IRA MK-15 Barrack Buster

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70-year-old ‘DWELLING IN PAST’ HAD BOMBS AND GUNS IN CAR !

ARTICLES: Police-issued photos of the car in which Thomas Maguire was traveling and the ammunition, gun and coffee-jar-bomb components which were recovered from the vehicle and during related searches.

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A 70-year-old former paramilitary prisoner who “just can’t seem to let go of the past” has been jailed for six and a half years after police “fortuitously” found a coffee-jar bomb and guns in his car. Thomas Maguire, from Suffolk Drive in West Belfast – who was jailed for 20 years in 1975 for having explosives with intent to endanger life – was caught with the items when police stopped his Ford Mondeo after a high-speed chase in August 2011.

Kate McKay, prosecuting, told Belfast Crown Court that police uncovered a coffee-jar bomb, component parts of other bombs and a wide variety of guns, 100 rounds of assorted bullets and suspected shotgun propellant. Officers were led to Maguire’s home address after his fingerprint was found on the sliding mechanism of a semi-automatic pistol found during searches in Nearly in September 2010 when police raided a firearms workshop. In March Bryan McManus (56), from Aileen Terrace in Newry, was also jailed for six and a half years after the engineer admitted that he had been involve in reactivating weaponry for dissident republicans. Ms McKay said during two days of questioning, Maguire refused to answer questions but he later pleaded guilty to seven offences of having the firarms and explosives with intent to endanger life and under suspicious circumstances, and having articles for use in terrorism on August 2 2011. He also admitted having a semi-automatic pistol which was found during the Newry searches, also with intent and under suspicious circumstances on dates between September 2007 and September 2010.

“Police would accept that if his print had not been found in the workshop [ of McManus ], effectively they would not have become aware but officers are concerned about the nature of the weapons and the use that they have been put to in recent years,” Ms McKay said, adding that although Maguire’s criminal record is old, “it is significant”. Frank O’Donoghue QC, defending, said it was a “most unusual and striking case” that a man “of his age if not his dotage is involving himself in something that’s really now beyound his capacity”. “He seems to dwell in the past,” Mr O’Donoghue said. He said Maguire had the weaponry more “to protect his ccommunity” rather than any attack on security personnel. The lawyer said Maguire had access to the weaponry through involvement with a west Belfast museum to commemorate the Troubles. Judge McFarland told Maguire he seemed “to be someone who just can’t let go of the past”. “This isn’t just a case of a pike in a thatch, that doesn’t apply to modern Ireland. We have now moved on but sadly, you are not moving on with the times,” she said. Following sentencing, Detective Superintendent Glenn Branch, from the Serious Crime Branch, said police would leave “no stone unturned in our efforts to bring before the courts all those involved in terrorist-linked offences, regardless of age”. Police yesterday released photographs of the items found in Maguire’s car but when asked for a photograph of the pensioner, a PSNI spokesman said they did not believe releasing a image “of the defendant is appropriate or proportionate in this instance”.

With many thanks to : The Irish News.

Church of Scotland rejects use of Bible to justify ‘Israeli apartheid ‘ on Independent Catholic News

Church of Scotland rejects use of Bible to justify ‘Israeli apartheid ‘ on Independent Catholic News.

HYDE PARK BOMB : MAN CHARGED OVER PIRA 1982 ATTACK

Police have charged John Downey, 61, with detonating the first of two devices that killed a total of eleven military personnel.

Man charged over IRA Hyde Park Bomb

Three soldiers were killed instantly, a fourth died later from injuries

John Downey, 61, has been arrested and charged for detonating a nail bomb in Hyde Park on July 20, 1982, that killed four soldiers.

The bomb was the first of two explosions that killed a total of eleven soldiers and seven army horses.

Four of the soldiers served with the Blues and Royals regiment, seven were military bandsmen.

The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

“The Metropolitan Police Service has been investigating the explosion near Hyde Park in London which occurred on 20 July, 1982.

“We have reviewed the evidence gathered and authorised them to charge John Anthony Downey, 61, of County Donegal, Ireland.

Man charged over IRA Hyde Park Bomb

The IRA claimed responsibility for the attack

“It is alleged that Downey is responsible for the improvised explosive device contained in a car parked in South Carriage Drive, SW1, London which resulted in the deaths of four members of the Royal Household Cavalry, Blues and Royals, as they travelled on their daily route from their barracks to Buckingham Palace.

“Downey has been charged with the murders of Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young. He has also been charged with intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life…

“We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that these charges are in the public interest.

The bomb was detonated as the mounted soldiers paraded through Hyde Park. Three of the soldiers were killed instantly, a fourth died later in hospital.

Shrapnel and nails sprayed into a crowd of spectators, causing numerous injuries.

Speaking in the aftermath of the attack, then-Prime Minister Magaret Thatcher said: “These callous and cowardly crimes have been committed by evil, brutal men who know nothing of democracy. We shall not rest until they are brought to justice.”

ENGINEER FACES PRISON TERM FOR ARMING DISIDENTS

AN ENGINEER who reactivated firearms for dissident republicans claimed they told him the guns were for defensive ppurposes in interface areas. Bryan Christopher McManus (56), of Aileen Terrace in Newry, Co Down, pleaded guilty to possession of eight handguns, one of which was disguised as a walking cane‘s removeable handle.

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He admitted having a rifle, component parts of weapons, seven magazines and ammuntion including armour-piercing and ‘ drum drum ‘ bullets – designed to expand on impact. McManus PPleaded guilty to conspiring with another person, not before the court, to convert imitation guns into firearms between September 1 2007 and September 24 2010. The cache was found in outbuildings behind his house in September 2010. His lawyer said police aale rated McManus to threats to his life and after the last one in 2007 he contacted ” certain elements ” for pprotection. He said McManus reactivated a gun given to him by a man reffered to as Mr X who then asked him to do further similar work. McManus became indebted to those who give him the weapon and ” things spiralled out of control “, he said. McManus told police he believed Mr X and his associates  were Real IRA members. He said they told him the guns would help to defendiI interfaces. judge David McFarland adjourned the case until tommorow. He saida custodial sentence was inevitable.

With many thanks to : Irish News.

Palestinian Youth statement thanks football ultras group in Scotland for their solidarity

Palestinian Youth statement thanks football ultras group in Scotland for their solidarity.

!!……THINK-THANK “Past History will always be recorded, although there are groups of dirty hands who want to remove it”

!!……THINK-THANK
“Past History will always be recorded, although there are groups of dirty hands who want to remove it”Currently, Jewish, thought to be descendants of the sons of Israel who rejected Jesus and Muhammad, (may the mercy and the Prophet’s well-being bestowed upon them),
where the rejection continues to this day, divided into two groups: the #Sephardim and the #Ashkenazim.
The number of Ashkenazim far more than the Sephardim.
Their origins are very different from each other.@ The Sephardim,
in general is that since time immemorial Jews have lived in North Africa, Middle East and Southeast Europe.
And at a time they also lived in Spain at the time of Muslim rule there (711 AD-1609 AD),
but they were destroyed or forced to flee during the occupation
of the Christian Trinity in 1492 ADAfter this there is really no longer the Sephardim who lived in Spain, and many of those living in North Africa,
Middle East and Southeast Europe known as the Jews
who came from Spain or the offspring is not a descendant of Jews who lived in the area above since the days of Moses and Jesus,
or in the past of the tribe of Israel.@ Facts of history
It is obvious that the original of the ‘Jewish Spain’ are people
who migrated from southeastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa during the Muslim rule in Spain,
but as we shall see later, Insha-Allah!!the possibility of some Jews from Spain is not the Sephardic immigrants from the east, but Ashknazi Jews from the North. Since then the Jews known as the Jewish Ashknazi not a descendant of Israel,
but the descendants of the ‘Jewish Spain’ instead of Sephardic Jews, although at this time they were known by that name.@ The Ashkenazi
in general is a Jew from the eighth century onwards in Europe and last lived in America. There is no denying that Ashkenazi Jews are not descendants of the original children of Israel. Arthur Koestler called them, ‘the sons of the thirteen’ in his book

In short, Ashkenazi story is as follows:
# The period of the undecided

In the seventh century A.D. Turky there are tribes who are rich and have great power in the Dead Sea and the Caspian Sea. They are surrounded by Christian Europe from the north, and by Muslims from the south. To maintain the security of their empire, and for reasons of political wisdom and not merely religious reasons, their leaders decided that the whole tribe should Khazar converts to Judaism, on the grounds of Christian Europe will not bother them if they worship God, so did the Muslims will treat them as ‘scribes’, and also will not bother them.

Other reasons
if they choose Christian or Muslim, they would be involved in the dispute existing between Christian Europe and Muslim-Jewish
so Choose is the safest way for them.

* Author Michael Rice: origin and history of the descendants of #Khazars in his book False, the following sentence

@ The Khazar:
One of the Turkish tribes who moved westwards as a consequence of the enormous pressure in #Asia,
begins with the settling in the northern kingdom of #Byzantine,
in the mid-first millennium AD century.
Their arrival caused by the Mongol invasion.
Khazar first appeared in southern #Russia,
in the region between 3Caucasus, #Don and #Volga,
then they begin to show the nature nomaden and
“start trying to get positions in government”

#Khazars, these tribes live in prosperity.
As a result, #Byzantine and #Muslim kingdom became interested in them and in fact it is not easy for one another to make this power Communicated.
Both #Christian Europe and Muslim alike are pressing the heathen (Khazar) to accept the teachings of their religion,
each of which believed that “they were the most true religion”

@ Existing conditions
The Khazars are known as people who are good, very worried about the existing conditions so that they do not choose one of the good #Faith of Christian Europe and Muslim.
Because if they choose one of these great powers,
meaning they will alienate the other forces.
So the Khazars began looking for a solution to solve this problem. The solution is to embrace the #Jewish religion in the hope of avoiding pressure from both their great strength.

Khazar conduct in-depth study of religion if that is acceptable to both Christian and Muslim great power as a respectable religion in which this issue is written in the Contact Khazar.
Correspondence in the Khazars was reported that the Muslim envoy who came to them to change their religion to Islam,
(Khazar) they ask questions, ‘

@ Guilty Quiz From #Khazar
- Khazar: Which religion you more respect, Jewish or Christian?
- Muslim: Without hesitating to answer Muslim, Judaism!!
Instead they asked the Byzantine,
that promotes orthodox Christianity,
-Khazar: ‘Religion is more appreciated where you are, Jew or Muslim?
-Christians: The Christians at once replied, ‘Jew’.
Hence the decision to be made
and officially became the Jewish Khazars.

@ Faith is false
Therefore, in a relatively short time, the entire Khazar becomes Jewish, although none of their ancestors who once lived in the holy land, and none of them are derived from the descendants of the sons of Israel who received the teachings of Moses directly.

Contradictory:
It is clear that the Jews of Europe was never able to acknowledge that they have Jewish lineage to ever live in or around the holy land. They actually have the same position with the Christians of Europe, who converted to Christianity because the religion and the observance of religion, but not the Christian descendants of the sons of Israel who have lived in or around the holy land.

Furthermore, as usual Christianity in Europe is very far from the original teachings of Jesus, so are religions embraced by the Khazar Jews are not the original teachings of Moses.

From Me as FB Family:
We must continue to explore truth and history are not yet on
the surface according to the (public).
The world to see exactly who is Jewish or False?

You can open a variety of online literature or history books that are still stored in the vault of state power.

*Read, Think and Action!!

WITH MANY THANKS TO :  bob.bay

[Derry] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour, Conor Kelly, Abby Olivera)

[Derry] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour, Conor Kelly, Abby Olivera)

    • Sunday
    • 20:00 until 23:30
  • Commemorating Al Nakba: Celebrating PalestineTour in Derryon Sunday May 20thVenue: Sandinos, Water Street, Derry City – Doors 8pm – Entry €5.FOR BOOKING: resistderry@aol.com or tickets available from the venuePlease Like the following page for information about the whole tour plus updates:https://www.facebook.com/alnakbatourirelandA major tour of Palestinian and Arab artists, with some local support, is to take place in Ireland between the 17th and 20th May, featuring cultural concerts in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry. Billed as “Commemorating Al Nakba; Celebrating Palestine”, the tour will feature two renowned Palestinians, poet Rafeef Ziadah and singer Terez Sliman. Also joining them will be acclaimed Lebanese-Australian singer-songwriter Phil Mansour. In Derry there will be support from singer-songwriter Conor Kelly and poet Abby Olivera.

    The tour will take place during what Palestinians call Nakba Week, which marks the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) which saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, forcibly uprooted from their homeland in order to facilitate the foundation of the State of Israel.

    This tour will be both a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948 and a celebration of the culture, creativity and continued resistance of the Palestinian people today; whether they reside in the 1967 or 1948 occupied territories, in refugee camps, or in the global diaspora.

    We are very excited about this tour and look forward to sharing Palestinian culture with Irish audiences.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Palestinian refugee, poet, trade unionist and human rights activist currently based in London. She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut performance poetry album Hadeel. Rafeef’s performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online, garnering over a quarter of a million views between them. Rafeef has toured many countries, performing poetry and conducting educational workshops on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Recently, Rafeef was chosen to represent Palestine at the Poetry Parnassus Festival at the South Bank Centre in London.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKucPh9xHtM

    “Rafeef’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional, political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause.” – Ken Loach

    TEREZ SLIMAN, a Palestinian citizen of Israel born in Haifa in 1985, is a singer who works in the field of “sound and movement.” She has participated in a variety of musical projects with local and international musicians. She has authored and composed music for two plays as well as recordings for children’s plays. Terez is influenced by many genres, but what makes her sound unique is the mix between traditional Oriental music, world music and Jazz. Her stage presence and incredible voice are completely captivating.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMRbVXDuow

    “Beautiful… Terez keeps alive the music and culture of her ancestors”

    PHIL MONSOUR is an Arab-Australian singer songwriter with a history of producing music that travels beyond the mainstream to explore complex issues of identity, solidarity and politics. He is also a founder of the group ‘Artists Against Apartheid’. Phil’s songs speak with honesty and insight about people’s lives and personal experiences. His latest CD release Ghosts of Deir Yassin was written during a trip to Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Inspired by the courage of ordinary people fighting for freedom and justice from Palestine’s refugee camps, to Egypt’s Tahrir square, through to the Occupy movement, the lyrics are a fearless rally cry for action and solidarity. Phil will be showcasing his unique collection of rock songs and folk ballads, combined to capture both the alarm and optimism of current times.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgJZT2iuy38

    “Phil is passionate… with amp-rattling intensity” – Courier Mail (Australia)

    “Five stars” – Limelight (Australia)

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WITH MANY THANKS TO : Public event · By Kevin Squires

[Belfast] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour)

[Belfast] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour)

    • Saturday
    • 20:00 until 23:30
  • Crescent Arts Centre, University Road, Belfast
  • Commemorating Al Nakba: Celebrating PalestineTour in Belfast on Saturday 19th MayVenue: Crescent Arts Centre, University Road, Belfast – Doors 8pm – Entry £10FOR BOOKING: belfast@ipsc.ie or tickets available from the venuePlease Like the following page for information about the whole tour plus updates:https://www.facebook.com/alnakbatourirelandA major tour of Palestinian and Arab artists, with some local support, is to take place in Ireland between the 17th and 20th May, featuring cultural concerts in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry. Billed as “Commemorating Al Nakba; Celebrating Palestine”, the tour will feature two renowned Palestinians, poet Rafeef Ziadah and singer Terez Sliman. Also joining them will be acclaimed Lebanese-Australian singer-songwriter Phil Mansour.

    The tour will take place during what Palestinians call Nakba Week, which marks the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) which saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, forcibly uprooted from their homeland in order to facilitate the foundation of the State of Israel.

    This tour will be both a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948 and a celebration of the culture, creativity and continued resistance of the Palestinian people today; whether they reside in the 1967 or 1948 occupied territories, in refugee camps, or in the global diaspora.

    We are very excited about this tour and look forward to sharing Palestinian culture with Irish audiences.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Palestinian refugee, poet, trade unionist and human rights activist currently based in London. She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut performance poetry album Hadeel. Rafeef’s performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online, garnering over a quarter of a million views between them. Rafeef has toured many countries, performing poetry and conducting educational workshops on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Recently, Rafeef was chosen to represent Palestine at the Poetry Parnassus Festival at the South Bank Centre in London.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKucPh9xHtM

    “Rafeef’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional, political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause.” – Ken Loach

    TEREZ SLIMAN, a Palestinian citizen of Israel born in Haifa in 1985, is a singer who works in the field of “sound and movement.” She has participated in a variety of musical projects with local and international musicians. She has authored and composed music for two plays as well as recordings for children’s plays. Terez is influenced by many genres, but what makes her sound unique is the mix between traditional Oriental music, world music and Jazz. Her stage presence and incredible voice are completely captivating.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMRbVXDuow

    “Beautiful… Terez keeps alive the music and culture of her ancestors”

    PHIL MONSOUR is an Arab-Australian singer songwriter with a history of producing music that travels beyond the mainstream to explore complex issues of identity, solidarity and politics. He is also a founder of the group ‘Artists Against Apartheid’. Phil’s songs speak with honesty and insight about people’s lives and personal experiences. His latest CD release Ghosts of Deir Yassin was written during a trip to Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Inspired by the courage of ordinary people fighting for freedom and justice from Palestine’s refugee camps, to Egypt’s Tahrir square, through to the Occupy movement, the lyrics are a fearless rally cry for action and solidarity. Phil will be showcasing his unique collection of rock songs and folk ballads, combined to capture both the alarm and optimism of current times.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgJZT2iuy38

    “Phil is passionate… with amp-rattling intensity” – Courier Mail (Australia)

    “Five stars” – Limelight (Australia)

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Public event · By Kevin Squires

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