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TAKE ACTION NOW! Tell Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs: No to An EU Ban on Israeli Goods


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Cal
- 755 days ago - change.org
We urge Minister Gilmore,Minister Creighton and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs not to seek a boycott of Israeli goods ,instead they should look to build bridges between various communities in the Middle East.



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Past Member (0)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 3:10 am
signed ty
 

John S. (297)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 3:24 am
Signed and noted.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 4:31 am
signed and noted
 

Reggie Thomas (5)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 4:50 am
Didn't know these two had differences.(O_O)
 

Ira Herson (13)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 7:20 am
S&N
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 8:03 am
Done.
 

Paula M. (39)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 1:58 pm
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 4:16 pm
Not familiar enough with this to sign a petition
Ireland usually stays neutral so I have to wonder what's this all about
 

Joe R. (189)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 4:22 pm
Done.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (274)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 5:15 pm
Signed Thanks Cal
 

Victoria L. (12)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 8:19 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Vicky P. (462)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 8:46 pm
I think they should ban Israeli stuff so I guess am not signing :)
 

Carola May (20)
Friday June 29, 2012, 6:29 am
You have to wonder about the level of intelligence of our so-called leaders. We have Obama bending over backward promoting the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in their power grabs all over the Muslim world and their subsequent imposing more Sharia law and lessening freedoms, yet he never said a word in support of the suffering Iranian people when they tried to rise up last year to throw off the brutal Islamic dictatorship that is suffocating them.

Now we have this mental midget attacking the only democratic country with freedom of religion (including for Muslims), speech, conscience, press etc in a sea of oppressive Islamic backwardness and intolerance.

Why don't they boycott goods from Gaza with their hateful, oppressive, brutal Islamist regime that forces women to wear the hijab, even non-Muslims, persecutes Christians and non-Sunnis, imprisons and tortures gay people (many who escape find freedom in Israel), broadcast sermons on their TV station calling for all Jews to be killed and having little children on to recite hate poems against Christians and Jews and Israel (if Israel did that there would be outrage the world over)?

Israel isn't perfect but neither is Ireland, the UK, US or any of the developed democracies, but they are the best this world has ever seen in freedom and standard of living. If this stupid attitude worked and Israel were to be destroyed, which Islamists (including Palestinians) have been trying to do for 70 years, and the Islamists take over again Israel will then become another black hole of ignorance and superstition like all the countries that surround it, including the Palestinian Occupied Israeli territories.

Why aren't people protesting the brutality, oppression, intolerance and lack of freedoms in the Palestinian Occupied zones of Israel? What utter hypocrisy! We really are living in '1984' - freedom is oppression, war is peace, etc.

Vicky Pitchford, if you ever made a reasoned statement with any facts you might not be the joke that you are in your Halloween costume. Do you defend the Palestinian regimes' brutality against non-Muslims, women and gays? You must because those people have freedom and rights in israel. In fact Tel Aviv was named as the world's most gay friendly city for 2011. While the Palestinian loonies are torturing gays. You're pathetic for always defending Islamist hate.
 

. (7)
Friday June 29, 2012, 8:06 am
Carola,

I agree with you on all of what you said, especially want to second your last sentence.
 

Vlasta M. (7)
Friday June 29, 2012, 8:45 am
Obama real loyalty is with Islam and Koran, while he disses Bible. He cannot help it since he grew up as a muslim boy from age 6-10 in Indonesia with his Marxist Muslm stpefather who was representing oil companies. Obama also bowed to Saudi king, whose citizens committed crimes of 9/11 and had congratulated jihadists of Muslmi Brotherhood ni Egypt. Obama is endangering the entire Western civlization by his cavorting with those who want to destroy it, i.e. Islam ists.

What is the problem of the Irish? Who knows, perhaps oil, as it was with British and French when iin 1946 they let a Nazi war criminal Amin al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem "escape" into Cairo, Egypt, where he started is murderous delusional Jew hating campaign. The leaders of the "Palestinians" are Holocuast deniers, liars and thieves who had learned thsoe skills from Mufti who had learned them from Goebbels during his stay in Berlin in WWII. Islam is a supremacist ideology simlar to Nazi supremacist ideology, together with delusional Jew hate. Since Irish are Catholic, perhaps they still did not learn that Pope John-Paul II had removed anti-semitic writings from most of the Catholic agenda.
 

Beth S. (319)
Friday June 29, 2012, 10:21 am
Thanks, Cal!
 

Patricia Martin (19)
Friday June 29, 2012, 10:31 am
The biggest bullies are the ones who demonize Israel and do things like boycotts, especially to curry favor with the Arab oil states. Thank you Cal.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Friday June 29, 2012, 10:44 am
It's so comforting when people in charge of foreign affairs,have no understanding of what they are talking about.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Friday June 29, 2012, 10:46 am
If Gilmore, Creighton and the Joint Oireachtas Committee recommend to boycott Israeli goods for violating human rights, what do they recommend to do to Egypt, Syria and lots of other countries with much worse human right records, nuke them?
 

Fred H. (31)
Friday June 29, 2012, 12:09 pm
Signed and noted. I have long found AVAAZ to be hypocriitical.
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Friday June 29, 2012, 12:56 pm
How about dealing with why the EU wants to boycott Israeli products in the first place? If someone has an issue with your behavior wouldn't a rational person first ask why is there an issue regarding my behavior. Or is Israel above criticism? Israel cannot solely really on force to get their way. The Arab spring has proven this.
 

Henrik Thorsen (28)
Friday June 29, 2012, 1:16 pm
Pleased to sign.
 

Christine Linley (11)
Friday June 29, 2012, 3:18 pm
So glad you brought it my attention...............I shall let the Irish members of my family know: to be sure they let the Minister for Foriegn Affairs know how totally they SUPPORT Eamon Gilmore and his proposed EU wide ban of Israeli settlement goods.
(Note the misleading and inflamitry title; it is not proposed to blanket ban " Israeli Goods" but
"from Israeli settlements if Israel does not quickly change its settlements policy in Palestinian territories."
he goes on to say
"“I think we may have to look at the question of banning products from settlement areas into the EU. We have always resisted the idea of boycotts in relation to Israel. But I think a distinction has to be drawn here between Israel and the settlements.”

I shall also let my friends and family here in the UK know of this proposed EU Ban so that we can all contact our MEPs to inform them how thourghly we back Mr. Gilmore's proposal.
On behalf of all EU people wishing to support the upholding of international law THank You.
 

Gene Jacobson (244)
Friday June 29, 2012, 3:53 pm
Can't send Carola another green star but I did send her one figuratively. Great post, and right on point.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday June 29, 2012, 6:01 pm
Signed !
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Friday June 29, 2012, 6:03 pm
I have, personally, banned all Israeli goods ever since they deliberately attacked the U S S Liberty killing many Americans and to date never an apology. My ban is supported by the many acts of Israel that are reminiscent of the Nazi tactics, and philosophies, under which Jews suffered. Additionally there is the accumulation of a massive atomic weapon hoard ILLEGALLY whilst Israel condemns other nations who they SUSPECT of doing the same. The many illegal actions of Israel against the Palestinians makes me ashamed of my Jewish heritage, yes I know there have been reciprocal Palestinian actions, the Irish did the same against the invading English until they won their country (in part) back..

The usual cries of anti Semitism arise, disregarding the Palestinians are Semites and the condemnation of Israel's actions is not necessarily a condemnation of Judaism or even all Israelis, there are many who do not agree with their Government's policies.

The trade ban worked in Burma, it may work in Israel, but not whilst America enthusiastically condones every illegal act perpetrated by the Israeli Government. Until then I will carry on refusing entry of Israeli goods into my home, and wholeheartedly support the Irish Government.
 

Joy Mcronald (127)
Friday June 29, 2012, 6:14 pm
NOTED
 

Antonia Windham (6)
Friday June 29, 2012, 7:23 pm
I've no love of government-mandated boycotts, no matter who's the target. People've a right to not buy whatever they've a mind to not buy but I've a low tolerance for politicians telling me which way the wind blows. Usually they've underhanded economic and political reasons for shouting for mandated boycott anyway (Cuba's a visible example).

Since the boycott's targeting Israeli settlement goods not things from Israel in total, I've no problem with it if done by people voluntarily. Unless one supports Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, it's reasonable to choose not to buy their goods.
 

Hartson Doak (32)
Friday June 29, 2012, 7:32 pm
Cooperation not confrontation
 

John Doe (22)
Friday June 29, 2012, 10:55 pm
If Israel stopped building illegal 'settlements' all over Palestinian land, tore down the walls they have built to imprison Gazans and opened up the border, then I would gladly sign this.

As it currently stands, a boycott of Israeli goods can only be a good thing. Perhaps, one day, Netanyahu might wake up, with a little help from our Irish and other interested friends, and realise that acting like a power crazed tyrant is not welcome on planet earth ?
 

Mariam O. (0)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 12:47 am
Alternatively, agree with boycott http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Support_targetted_boycott_of_Israeli_Settlement_Goods/
 

Ludger W. (72)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 1:39 am
signed, noted, ty
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 1:55 am
Time to move on Tom - the Americans and Allies have caused many a tragedy in the past. Put it behind you and move on. Hatred is destructive. John Doe - Israel is not building illegal settlements all over Palestine. THERE IS NO PALESTINE AND NEVER HAS BEEN. CHECK YOUR HISTORY FACTS....you too Antonia. Wow we have some wonderful 'Christian' people on this post. Thanks Rob and Jay.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 1:56 am
Apologies Cal - I have R&J on my mind as I have checked a number of their posts today.
 

Stan B. (123)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 2:41 am
Irish governments have a very dark and questionable past. They refused to allow Jewish children into the Irish republic knowing full-well that they were destined for Nazi death camps.
At the end of the Second World War many Nazi war criminals were allowed into Ireland, no questions asked.
They should bow their heads in shame and try to make ammends.
 

John Doe (22)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 7:03 am
The Irish anti-British, pro-German government of 1946 is not the same government of 2012. So why cannot people accept 'the times, they are a changing'?

Why cannot people also accept that the expansionist Israeli government, backed by the U.S. government is totally out of control? , It's my party and I'll build settlements where I want to,?
 

Vicky P. (462)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 4:17 pm
Carol: If you something to say to me, bi*ch, come say it, If you don't like what I said, you have no reason to insult me just because I don't support your dumb ass friends the Isrealis, and btw, this is the outfit in Niagara falls, not a bloody Halloween costume. It proves you have nothing good in your head if you have nothing to say other than insult what I'm wearing.
 

janet f. (29)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 6:05 pm
signed. the Israelis aren't the bad guys in the Middle East...the arabs are.
 

Sherri O. (256)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 8:29 pm
Stan B...don't start in on the Irish Catholics. I know Irish history and am very aware how badly my people were treated by a segment of Jewish society at the turn of last century in America, or how, at Ireland's darkest hours, Jews fled like rats deserting a ship for no other reason than "there was no money to be made off the Irish".

Ireland, in all of its sad, tormented history, has never suppressed or oppressed other peoples, never stolen their lands, their treasures, forced our culture and beliefs on others. We don't want to conquer the world and enslave its people. We are Irish, not Zionists.







 

Antonia Windham (6)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 9:21 pm
If you've no mind to my asking, Sherri O, what period of time are you speaking of when you say 'Ireland's darkest hours'?
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday July 1, 2012, 3:52 pm
Boycott Iran and embargo their products! Israel is nearly the last decent nation in the Middle East!
 

John Doe (22)
Sunday July 1, 2012, 5:15 pm
? - Iran remains within its borders and does not have nuclear weapons. Israel is building 'settlements all over Palestinian land and has hundreds of nukes - Israel is nearly the "last decent nation" in the Middle East?
 

Antonia Windham (6)
Sunday July 1, 2012, 6:51 pm
Iran's done nothing to the rest of the world lately to warrant a boycott that I'd see. I don't recall any aggressive action from them since the hostage crisis. They've a bad form of government and're a real home of civil rights violations for their own people, but they've not attacked others in a very long time.
 

Stan B. (123)
Monday July 2, 2012, 2:31 am
Sherri O. You need to work on your reading skills. Where did I mention Irish Catholics? My criticism was and still is of Irish governments. Here's part of an interesting blog by Nigel Jones in the Daily Mail which reinforces my point.

"While they are in the business of historical revision, is it too much to expect the Irish authorities to face up to the full implications of their history, which still includes a desperate denial of the close and continuing links between the ideology which remains the bedrock of the Irish state - violent Republicanism - and the ideology which met its nemesis in 1945 : fascism and Nazism?

It is well-known that in May 1945 the Irish Taoiseach (Premier) Eamonn De Valera, the personification of Ireland's successful struggle for independence from Britain, made a point of visiting the German Legation in Dublin to sign the book of condolences and express his sympathy in person at the home of the Dublin German envoy, Eduard Hempel, on the sad demise of his Head of State - one Adolf Hitler. This was several weeks after the liberation of Auschwitz, Belsen, and Dachau had revealed once and for all the grim truths about what Nazism meant to the whole world so 'Dev' had no excuse for his appalling act, although his Government's censorship kept news of the Holocaust from his own people.

What is perhaps less well-known is that De Valera's atrocious action was but one incident in a long catalogue of outrages which demonstrated not just neutrality carried to an absurd degree, but outright sympathy' for the racial manias that had just carried out the Holocaust and brought Europe down in flaming ruins. Such sympathy reaches back in time for more than a century, and carried on into our own time.

Modern Irish Republicanism was born in blood - the blood of the Easter Rising in 1916, undertaken by a couple of thousand Irish revolutionaries at a time when some 210,000 Irishmen from both north and south were fighting and dying in the trenches to save Europe from rampant German militarism. The ideologist and leader of the Rising, Padraig Pearse, - though like De Valera only half Irish himself - was a strange, death-loving fanatic who thoroughly approved of mass slaughter and wrote droolingly about the 'earth''s old heart being warmed by the red wine of the battlefield'. The Rising was supported by Germany with a shipload of arms and reduced the centre of Dublin to smoking debris. Despite this, taking the traditional attitude that 'England's difficulty is Ireland's opportunity', official Ireland continued to praise Pearse and De Valera, and treat with contempt those Irishmen who had fought for the freedom on small nations on the battlefield rather than the streets of their own capital.

Ireland's great national poet W.B. Yeats celebrated the rising as 'a terrible beauty' although lacking the courage to actually join it himself. Instead, in the 1930s Yeats lent his support to the openly fascist Irish Blueshirt movement, led by Eoin O'Duffy, a former IRA Chief of Staff who had become Police Chief of the Irish Free State. The Blueshirts aped Mussolini's Blackshirts and Hitler's Brownshirts, down to the same uniforms, the same stiff-armed salute and the same greeting: 'Hail O'Duffy!' Yeats wrote three marching songs for the movement which sent a 700-strong contingent to fight for Franco's Fascist uprising against the Spanish republic in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. Although O'Duffy failed to cover himself in glory and died a hopeless alcoholic, his movement morphed into the Fine Gael party - which, remarkably, is the dominant party in today's ruling coalition in Dublin.

Yeats' harridan-like muse Maud Gonne - another non-Irish nationalist fanatic - was an open admirer of Hitler and the Nazis, and her daughter Iseult followed suit - hiding a Nazi parachutist in her home during the war. Iseult Gonne's husband, the writer Francis Stuart, became Ireland's Lord Haw-Haw, living and broadcasting from Berlin throughout the war, and dying in Dublin, an esteemed man of letters, in 2000.

After the decline of O'Duffy the torch of Irish fascism continued to burn brightly, and passed to other hands - such as those of Sean Russell, another IRA Chief of Staff who went to Berlin to be given arms training by the Nazis. Russell masterminded an IRA bombing campaign in Britain in 1938/39 which took several lives at the very moment when the nation was girding itself for World War II. Russell was returning to Ireland aboard a German U-boat to head up a German-sponsored campaign of subversion and sabotage called 'Operation Dove' when he was stricken with appendicitis and died at sea - he was committed to the deep wrapped in a swastika flag. Despite his Nazi record, Russell was honoured after the war by Sinn Fein with a life-size statue in a Dublin park - until it was decapitated by unknown hands in 2004.

Nor was the attitude of the Dublin government to the Allied cause much better than that of the illegal IRA. De Valera went out of his way to obstruct and antagonise Britain and his native US (he was born in New York) at every step. In stark contrast, he did all he could to succour and encourage the enemies of freedom. When Subhas Chandra Bose proclaimed a Japanese sponsored puppet Government in India in 1943, Dev sent his congratulations, and he refused to allow fugitive Jews - including children - fleeing the Holocaust to settle in Ireland. Perhaps most shockingly of all, when the war ended, Ireland allowed itself to become the haven of choice for Nazi and Fascist war criminals fleeing justified retribution for their crimes.

British fascist leader Oswald Mosley found a welcome refuge in Ireland after he was freed from detention in London during the war. Andrija Artukovic, Interior Minister of the murderous Nazi Ustase movement in Croatia - responsible for the genocide of up to a million Serbs - also found a safe haven in Ireland. Otto Skorzeny, the SS commando leader responsible for rescuing Mussolini after his overthrow in 1943, and later the reputed head of ODESSA - the secret organisation helping ex-SS members on the run - bought property in the Emerald Isle and hob-nobbed with its spectacularly corrupt Premier Charlie Haughey. Most shamefully of all Yann Goulet, a Breton nationalist terrorist sentenced to death in France after the war for collaborating with the Nazi occupation, fled to Ireland from France with a clutch of fellow Breton Nazis to seek sanctuary with his Celtic bretheren.

Goulet, a sculptor in the heroic totalitarian mode, despite having headed a gang of Nazi collaborationist goons called the Bagadou Stourm, which fought and tortured members of the French Resistance under German guidance, was saved from facing the justice he deserved in post-war France by being granted Irish citizenship in 1952. From his safe place of exile, he masterminded a campaign of terrorist bombings in Brittany into the 1960s. Goulet was much in demand by the IRA - who admired him inordinately - as a sculptor of their memorials. His kitsch figures litter Ireland still - including one at Crossmaglen in Northern Ireland's former IRA bandit country; - and he was even asked by his IRA friends to make a death mask when IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands died. Unpunished for his war crimes, an associate of the Irish Academy, an art professor and an honoured citizen of the Republic, Yann Goulet died as recently as 1999.

The Irish writer Eoghan Harris wrote in 2007: 'You do not need a degree in history to figure out that we are experts in denial... Anglophobia and anti-Semitism allowed us to shut the national door on Jewish children. At the same time it allowed us to put out the welcome mat for a nasty piece of goods like Goulet...friend of Fascism and traitor to Brittany'. This, it seems to me, hits the nail squarely on the head. The red thread running through modern Irish history is not so much a sentimental love of courtry but hatred - a hatred which excuses and even applauds the evil of Nazism. If Ireland is finally facing up to this uncomfortable truth and its own dark past it is to be warmly welcomed - and it is not before time."

I could also go on about the IRA and their links with terror groups world-wide but I'll save that for another occasion.
 

Stan B. (123)
Monday July 2, 2012, 2:33 am
Fred. Israel isn't nearly the last decent nation in the Middle East: it's the ONLY one.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday July 2, 2012, 6:14 am
Antonia, Iranian Revolutionary Guards are actively fighting Iraqi pro-democracy forces. Iran sponsors Hesbola, that took over a Lebanon. Iranian messengers are supporting Assad. Iran send terrorists over the globe to blow up Jewish and Israeli targets.

The current Iranian rulers are quite aggressive folks.
 

. (0)
Monday July 2, 2012, 6:18 am
Signed and Noted.
 

John Doe (22)
Monday July 2, 2012, 7:02 pm
"Iran sends terrorists all over the globe to blow up Jewish and Israeli targets" ? - Naughty Iran, just as well Israel is completely innocent of all such sin?
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 2:30 am
Stan - "The Daily Mail is a British, daily middle-marke tabloid newspaper owned by the Daily Mail and General Trust." What is next? Quotes from the National Inquirer?
 

Stan B. (123)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 2:52 am
John Doe. If you don't know the difference between terrorists and civilians you really shouldn't be commenting.
Iran organised and paid for a deadly attack on a Jewish cultural centre in Argentina which killed 85 innocent people in 1994. They are also responsible for other attacks against Israeli civilians in Kenya and elsewhere
Israel does its very best to avoid civilian casualties in any action against Palestinian terror groups as most of us well know.
 

Stan B. (123)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 3:12 am
Try this one for size, no name. It's from an Irish source. The Irish Independent.


How Dev's Ireland became safe haven for fugitive Nazis











By Nicola Tallant

Sunday January 07 2007
NOTORIOUS Nazi war criminals were given safety in Ireland after the war and lived here under assumed names sanctioned by Eamon de Valera's government.

The killers, responsible for some of the worst ethnic cleansing atrocities of the Second World War, were told that Ireland would welcome them as they fled from the allies.

The sensational claims will be made in a new two-part documentary by veteran broadcaster and former RAF fighter Cathal O'Shannon, who says that Ireland shunned the Jewish victims of the war while protecting the ruthless anti-Semites.

Newly-discovered archive documents show how the US was worried that Ireland would become a haven for war criminals and believed our position of neutrality had jeopardised the war effort.

In a letter to de Valera in 1944 the then US Representative in Ireland, David Gray, demanded that Ireland refuse entry to any Nazi war criminals who sought refuge here.

But de Valera, who didn't get on with Gray, was furious and saw the demands as America trying to tamper with Ireland's new sovereignty.

That, coupled with his belief that the Nazi movement was a nationalist force just like Ireland's republican movement, urged him to open our doors to Hitler's top soldiers.

"Because de Valera had been challenged on that very issue of asylum he would ensure that post-war asylum policy would be handled by the Irish Government and not dictated by any other power," says Professor Dan Leach of the University of Melbourne.

Prof Brian Girvan says that de Valera was well aware of the extermination of Jews by Nazis during the war but still identified with Hitler's army.

""He saw the Nazi regime as a nationalist regime that represented the German people to a certain extent.

"His stance doesn't make him pro-Nazi but he was very narrow in his focus on them.

"There was also, in Ireland, a scepticism about the right of the Allies to accuse anyone of being a war criminal.

"And so it was that if someone did arrive in Ireland the Irish government wouldn't arrest and expel them from the country."

Although the Irish response baffled the Allies, word soon travelled quickly across Europe that de Valera would not shut the door on those accused of war crimes.

O'Shannon says that one of the first to take advantage of the soft approach of the Irish Government was Andrija Artukovic - responsible for the death of one million men, women and children in Croatia.

He was believed to be particularly cruel opting to slowly kill the victims in his camps through hard labour, starvation and poisoning.

O'Shannon says that while making his expose he discovered that a file still exists on Artukovic in the Department of Foreign Affairs - but his request for it to be released was refused.

Artukovic worked for Hitler as the Minister for the Interior in Croatia but in 1947 he arrived in Ireland after being referred here by a Franciscan Church in Switzerland and lived under the assumed name Alois Annick in leafy Rathgar in south Dublin.

According to O'Shannon little is known about his time in Ireland but he did attend church every day.

After gaining an Irish identity card he left for the US in 1948 and settled in California where he worked as a book-keeper.

"He kept a low profile here and didn't draw attention to himself.

"In Rathgar he was saved from Allied vengeance and prosecution.

"I think it is strange that a man responsible for a million deaths could live quietly here with nobody asking who he is or how he got here," saysO'Shannon. "I have discovered there is a file on this man in the Department of Foreign Affairs but the Irish Government have refused my request to release it."

In the Fifties Yugoslavia demanded his extradition and after 30 years of legal wrangling he was eventually sent back to his homeland where he was sentenced to death for his crimes. He died in 1988 in his prison cell.

Another notorious war criminal welcomed into Ireland was Celestine Laine, leader of the Bezen Perrot, a Waffen SS unit responsible for the torture and murder of civilians in occupied Brittany.

Laine, a French extremist, joined the SS when the Germans recruited local help and took command of the region where he had grown up, ordering the torture of countless resistance fighters who once lived alongside him. His favoured method was to take young men and women into the forests at night to torture and then execute them.

Today, mass graves are scattered all over Brittany as a testament to the cruelty of his unit. In 1944 as the Allies liberated Brittany, many collaborators fled France and among them was Laine and most of his followers.

Some who were recaptured were found in the possession of letters of recommendation written in English and addressed to the Irish consulate in Paris.

In 1947 word reached Laine that he could escape to Ireland where the Irish Government were prepared to grant him asylum.

In Ireland, Laine kept a low profile. Former anarchist Jean Pierre La Mat met him in Ireland during the Seventies and says that Laine and associates had been welcomed to safety.

"What I do know is that they were welcomed to Ireland but they were not helped. When I met him he was living very poorly, first in Coolock in Dublin and after that in Oranmore, near Galway."

Laine died in Dublin in 1983 but was not the last Nazi to be protected here.

During the Seventies it emerged that Dutchman Pieter Menten, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Jews in Poland, was dividing his time between Holland and Waterford where he had a large country home at Mahon Bridge.

O'Shannon's investigation has also found that as the Allies crossed Europe and discovered the horrors of the Nazi regime, Ireland refused to offer asylum to the countless victims of the war.

While the Red Cross struggled to find temporary homes in Europe for many victims of the concentration camps, Ireland refused to help.

Author Dr Bryan Fanning says that Ireland's actions exposed it as an anti-Semitic country.

"After the war there was a widespread view in Government that a Liberal policy towards Jews would not be taken.

"There was a strong view that they didn't fit in and wouldn't become part of our society," he says.

As I said previously, Irish governments have a lot to answer for and they can shove their boycotts where the sun doesn't shine.



 

John Doe (22)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 3:49 am
Tunnel vision Stan? - There are two sides to every story - Remember this? - (Sorry to interrupt your fine post Cal, but enough is enough)

Israel/Gaza: Operation ‘Cast Lead’: 22 days of death and destruction
Index: MDE 15/015/2009 Amnesty International July 2009 (A reliable source)

INTRODUCTION

“Until now we don’t understand why. We want
peace; and we want an investigation; we want to
know why me and my sisters have been orphaned.
Why did they kill our parents, our family?”

Fathiya Mousa, whose parents and siblings were killed in an Israeli air strike while sitting in their yard.

At 11.30am on 27 December 2008, without warning, Israeli forces began a devastating
bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip codenamed Operation “Cast Lead”. Its stated aim was
to end rocket attacks into Israel by armed groups affiliated with Hamas and other Palestinian
factions. By 18 January 2009, when unilateral ceasefires were announced by both Israel and
Hamas, some 1,400 Palestinians had been killed, including some 300 children and
hundreds of other unarmed civilians, and large areas of Gaza had been razed to the ground,
leaving many thousands homeless and the already dire economy in ruins.

Much of the destruction was wanton and resulted from direct attacks on civilian objects as
well as indiscriminate attacks that failed to distinguish between legitimate military targets
and civilian objects. Such attacks violated fundamental provisions of international
humanitarian law, notably the prohibition on direct attacks on civilians and civilian objects
(the principle of distinction), the prohibition on indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks,
and the prohibition on collective punishment.

Hundreds of civilians were killed in attacks carried out using high-precision weapons – airdelivered bombs and missiles, and tank shells. Others, including women and children, were
shot at short range when posing no threat to the lives of the Israeli soldiers.

Aerial bombardments launched from Israeli F-16 combat aircraft targeted and destroyed civilian
homes without warning, killing and injuring scores of their inhabitants, often while they slept.

Children playing on the roofs of their homes or in the street and other civilians going about
their daily business, as well as medical staff attending the wounded were killed in broad
daylight by Hellfire and other highly accurate missiles launched from helicopters and
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, and by precision projectiles fired from tanks.

Disturbing questions remain unanswered as to why such high-precision weapons, whose
operators can see even small details of their targets and which can accurately strike even fast
moving vehicles killed so many children and other civilians.

Scores of civilians were also killed and injured by less precise weapons, such as artillery.

Have a nice day Stan.
 

John Doe (22)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 4:16 am
And as a consequence of the above article, shouldn't we be telling the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs: YES to an EU Ban on Israeli goods? - Sanctions will, by no means, level the playing field but would maybe suggest that the world is watching.

Israel still bans building materials into Gaza, the largest prison on earth, to reconstruct the buildings destroyed by Israel. - Tunnels are the only way in, but Israel has attacked them too - And continues, against International Law, building 'settlements' on Palestinian land - Worth a thought?

WW2 ended 67 years ago, so all references to Nazis are surely irrelevant?
 

Liliana D. (124)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 1:47 pm
noted and comments read, agreed with the boycott, signed the petition link posted by Mariam
 
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