Irelands Shame The Betrayal of Palestine – by Fra Hughes



800 years the Irish have fought a genocidal British occupation .


Eight centuries of ethnic cleansing,land clearances,massacres,starvation,colonisation and a brutal military oppression.


Sucessive generations of Irish men and women ,boys and girls have fought clandestinely and openly to liberate Ireland from foreign imperialist control. Ireland was Britains first conquest.

The British Empire went on to occupy and at times colonise approximately three quarters of the worlds land mass and citizenry.


Australia,Canada,NewZealand, North America,South Africa, Egypt, India,China to name just a few.


The only difference between the British occupation of Ireland and the Zionist occupation of Palestine is one of time and scale.


Ireland endured a British imposed Famine.


In 1847 the ‘potato blight’ destroyed a large percentage of the harvest leading to a shortage of a basic food staple and a subsequent increase in prices.


Ireland having been invaded centuries before was now a land of tenants ruled by absentee land lords.Sections of British aristocracy owned large swathes of Irish land stolen through military occupation.

The Irish were disposessed of their homes and farms and forced to become almost indentured slaves ,tilling the land and raising cattle only for the profits of their labour to be extracted for the largess of a foreign occupier who enacted laws to oppress the indugenous population while protecting the invader.

One law for the occupied a separate law for the occupier.


Two million died or emigrated.This is why thers are Irish communitues all over the globe.

54 million North Americans claim to be of Irish descent.


The Irish people wers deliberately starved.

Hunger and famine were used as a weapon of war to end ‘ The Irish Question’ at the heart of British politics.


Those who resisted occupation were murdered imprisoned or deported as Felons to Australia, the Americas and the Carribean.


Massacres,land theft,colonisation,famine,imprisonment,ethnic cleansing.These were the weapons of the oppressor.

This is the fate of all people who live under occupation.


This is Irelands history.A legacy of suffering before partial liberation.


People in Ireland support the people of Palestine.That is a fact.


There is a moral imperative on all people who are suffering or have suffered under  foreign occupation or colonisation to support each other.


Ireland gained partial independence in1922 when Britain partially withdrew from 26 of Irelands 32 counties.


This resulted in the Irish civil war were those opppsed to partition were then attacked with British guns and British artillary being operated by their former comrades.


Fratricide, imprisonment torture and summary executions once used as tactics of war  by the oppressor were adopted  by pro partition Irishmen onto the inheritors of the ideals of a fully independent sovereign Irish Republic.


In 1969 a new generation of oppressed Irish people in the British  created state of   Northern  Ireland fought to reunify the country.After 30 years of struggle a peace deal was agreed between the protagonist.The Irish Republican Movement The British Government The Irish Government and the counter revolutionary death squads armed and directed by British intelligence alongside their locally recruited mercenary forces.


Through out all those years of armed political resistance the Irish Republican Movement supported their comrades in Palestine.

From the Fayedeen through the PLO to the PA.


Now in N Ireland history has been made by the selection for the first time in the country’s history an Irish Republican is now First Minister

A party that I have supported all my life is now in government.

Irish reunification is only now a matter time.

Sadly the Irish Republican Movement in the form of Sinn Fein is no longer a radical Republican party.

It is a shallow shadow of its former glory.

Now a Nationalist constitutional party it has embraced the establoshment and the trappings of power and although still endorsed by many it has abandoned its revolutionary roots and embraced neo liberalism.

There is a growing chorus in Ireland demanding that Irish politicians dk not the traditiioal St Patricks day celebrations at the White House on March 17 2024.


While Shame Fein party members and elected representatives north and south attend and even organise/ control some of these rallies calling for a ceasefire they have publicly asserted their intention to go to Washington .

While Shame Fein and other corporate endorsed Irish politicians drown there shamrock alongside genocide Joe, while posing for selfies, Palestinians will be drowning in their own blood or suffocating slowly to death under the rubble, as the death toll rises under the bombardment of American imperialist bombs remember the treachery of Sinn Fein.


It is not the bombs of our enemies that hurt us the most but the duplicity of our friends and the treachery of their deeds. 




5 Responses to Irelands Shame The Betrayal of Palestine – by Fra Hughes

  1. David Sheridan March 2, 2024 at 8:30 pm #

    Fra, you have been on the right side of history regrading Palestinians, keep up the good work. But SF have influence in Washington, if they close that door it won’t help the Palestinians nor will it help Ireland. Many Jews and many many Americans are against Israel. The opposition to the genocide can not be ignored by Biden, it just shows how powerful AIPAC are, it’s aged Biden, as he knows he’s trapped, the Israelites are ignoring him. But this will be to Israel’s detriment. Light will win over the darkness. Apart from the Govt’s in the US and UK the whole world is against Israel, including thousands of Jews. Look at SA, the same people who supported apartheid support Israel. It won’t last.

  2. Donal Kennedy March 3, 2024 at 12:13 pm #

    Fra Hughes is right about Palestine and David Sheridan has a valid point about SinnFein which I endorse.

    Colm Eastwood, the SDLP leader is right to Boycott the White House, but his party has little prospect of being big winners, in Ireland North or South, but has a small voice in Westminster.

    Many parts of Ireland, including highly populated Kerry were not much visited by those gathering
    data for the 1841Census, which was conducted by the Royal Irish Consttabulary, a body not much
    trusted by most of Ireland’s population

    When the POLL tax was imposed in England, a hugely populated road near London’s Finsbury
    Park registered a tiny proportion of its residents.

    Jack Lane of the Aubane Historical Society has written a convincing commentary on that Census.
    Perhaps 2 or 3 million people died in the Great Hunger. One Million is a neat figure,but not a convincing one.

  3. Nosuchanaplace March 3, 2024 at 1:06 pm #

    Most Irish people in the six counties at present vote Sinn Féin because they see them as the most likely party to change the political landscape in the north. Most are aware that to get their hands on government, Sinn Féin need tó sail close to the wind. However an unexpected squall may overturn their boat. Michelle etc should remember that votes are only on loan.

  4. Antaine De Brún March 3, 2024 at 1:25 pm #

    The SLAUGHTER of starving men, women and children remains a fact of life TODAY in Gaza. Many Palestinians will die before 17 March 2024. The events in Gaza constitute a moral abomination, courtesy of American dollars.

  5. FRA March 4, 2024 at 10:17 am #

    sf have influence in Washington lol always start the day with a smile