Reading Irish Solidarity with Palestine through Ireland’s “Unfinished Revolution”
settler colonialism

Irish solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation is well documented. The shared experience of resisting state-sponsored colonial violence has helped to embed this transnational solidarity, especially among grassroots activists. Yet despite these similarities, there are critical differences between the two struggles that require careful consideration. In this essay, the author foregrounds the bonds of connection between Ireland and Palestine while arguing for the need to avoid platforming unnuanced, romantic, and mystical sentiments in light of Ireland’s “unfinished revolution” and the Irish government’s largely conservative approach to Palestinian liberation. He concludes that Ireland is far from an exemplar of postcoloniality and stresses that it is the activist community in Ireland that has been leading the call for full Palestinian liberation.

Author biography: 

Brendan Ciarán Browne is an assistant professor of conflict resolution/coimhlint rún & athmhuintearas and a fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. His book, Transitional (in)Justice and Enforcing the Peace on Palestine (Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2023), nominated for a 2023 Palestine Book Award, examines transitional justice in the context of Palestine. He has been working on and in Palestine for over fourteen years, and previously held academic roles in occupied Jerusalem. He is based in Belfast.