Ireland and Palestine: United by Partition?

Ireland’s experience of partition informed the attitudes of people across the island towards British plans for Palestine. Today it informs sympathies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ireland/Palestine illustration © Ben Jones/Heart Agency.

The conflict in Israel and Palestine raises strong feelings across the world, but particularly in Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is among the most pro-Palestinian countries in Europe. In Northern Ireland, Israeli flags can be seen in unionist or loyalist neighbourhoods, while Palestinian colours fly in republican and nationalist areas. The events of 7 October 2023 and their aftermath appear to have done little to change these dynamics.

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