Donegal County Council to boycott Israel after Gaza violence

first_imgDonegal County Councillors have agreed to boycott economic trade with Israel and call for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador following the killing of protesters in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military.Councillors have agreed that the council will take direct action against the conflict in Gaza by ending the purchase of any Israeli products by council departments. Sixty Palestinian protesters were killed and more than 2,700 injured by Israeli Defence Forces on May 14th, one of Gaza’s bloodiest days in years.Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpaig raised a motion at the May sitting of the Donegal County Council today to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and commit to implementing a policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until there is freedom for the Palestinian people. Dublin City Council recently endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, and Cllr Mac Giolla Easpaig called on Donegal to follow suit. He asked for the motion to be circulated to all local authorities that said Donegal County Council “deplores the slaughter of more that 60 Palestinians and the wounding of thousands of others in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces. We call on the government to immediately expel the Israeli ambassador in protest at this massacre of unarmed civilians.”Cllr John Campbell said: “What we are witnessing is an ongoing genocide in Palestine and I am suggesting that the council makes a symbolic gesture.”Cllr Jack Murray said that international support would be beneficial for the Palestinian people, as it had been for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Cllr Murray suggested that the council would take direct action to show solidarity with the Palestinian victims with a boycott of Israeli products.Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle also supported the motion and said: “It is it not right what is happening to the Palestinian people. It is not just the recent attacks but it is the ongoing attacks in relation human rights, embargoes, health, running water and medical supplies. “I know we get upset when a large number are killed, but this a daily occurrence that has to stop. We have a role in the council in helping to build that boycott. We as a council will not buy material coming from Israel. We have to stand up for those people in Palestine that cannot stand up for their rights,” Cllr McMonagle said.Cllr Mac Giolla Easpaig compared the attacks by Israeli Defence Forces to the events of Bloody Sunday in Ireland. He called on the Council to commit to the boycott and for the Roads and Finance departments to examine how the policy can be followed.Donegal County Council to boycott Israel after Gaza violence was last modified: May 28th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Swell Lodge opens on Christmas Islands remote tropical paradise

first_imgSource = Swell Lodge Swell LodgeSwell Lodge opens on Christmas Island’s remote tropical paradiseChristmas Island’s first luxury eco-accommodation Swell Lodge has opened its doors this week, revealing knockout views of the Indian Ocean and welcoming its first guests to an exclusive and unforgettable experience of this astonishing island destination.Positioned on a sea cliff with floor-to-ceiling glass and luxury appointments, sustainably-designed Swell Lodge is set along the uninhabited, rugged west coast of Christmas Island, renowned as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Pods of spinner dolphins play in the surf, while seabirds soar high overhead.Swell Lodge is the first ecologically-sustainable accommodation to be approved in an Australian Federal National Park. The groundbreaking new tourism project has been developed by intrepid travellers and wildlife photographers Chris and Jess Bray. The pair run luxury, small-group photography tours around the world and when in 2014 they started running tours to Christmas Island, they fell in love with the destination.Located around 1550 kilometres northwest of the mainland, the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island is best known for the annual migration of some 50 million red crabs, a spectacular event descibed by Sir David Attenborough as one of the ten greatest natural wonders on earth. Water and air temperatures rest at an idyllic 27-29 degrees year round.Guests at Swell Lodge can do as much or as little as they like, with daily activities including boat trips to the best snorkel spots, guided walks to waterfalls, beaches and blowholes, cave swims, a visit to the National Park’s research station and bird rehabilitation centre, tickets to the outdoor cinema, golf and access to a four-wheel-drive vehicle for island exploration. Optional extras include yoga and massage sessions, dive trips and fishing expeditions.All-inclusive rates feature the services of private French chef Felix Legrand, with gourmet meals prepared specially for guests on their oceanfront deck using locally grown and foraged ingredients including wild-caught crayfish, wahoo and tuna, as well as coconut, wild papaya and more.Sustainable tourism is a new focus for the Christmas Island economy, with the appeal of a pristine, tropical paradise, home to endemic birds and offering world-class snorkelling and diving in crystal clear, warm waters with coral reefs and spectaular drop-off walls. Resident turtles and dolphins cruise the waters while manta rays and whale sharks visit by season.Chris Bray said he and Jess were excited to be pioneering the first luxury eco-accommodation on the tropical paradise of Christmas Island.“Christmas Island is Australia’s best kept secret, a jungle-clad island full of rare and unusual birds, crabs, waterfalls, turtle-nesting beaches and some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving, Mr Bray said.“Swell Lodge has been several years in the planning and we consider now is the perfect time to launch. With the island’s mine and detention centre winding down, eco-tourism is the new future for Christmas Island and has huge potential. We’re in at the ground floor with a product that’s truely unique and unrivalled anywhere in the world.”“Where else in the world can guests experience complete immersion in such a remote, pristine wilderness, while staying in luxury accommodation and also helping the environment?”Rates at Swell Lodge start at $690 per person per night and include all meals, drinks, a private chef, daily services, airport transfers, daily guided activities including snorkelling, walks to waterfalls in the jungle and more. A portion of the nightly rate goes towards conservation projects in the National Park.For more information and bookings visit or phone 1300 790 207last_img read more