Hit The Road For Palestine Solidarity!
An Turas Můr
Belfast to Dublin, mass cycle ride 10-11 June
The Big Ride for Palestine is ready to roll in 2017. Campaigning cyclists are mobilising a mass cycle ride from Belfast to Dublin to raise awareness and build direct solidarity with the Palestinian people, especially those in Gaza suffering the impact of Israel’s collective punishment of civilians via siege and bombing.
The Big Ride Ireland will mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza strip (the Occupied Palestinian Territories) in 1967 when 300,000 Palestinians were made refugees and their villages ethnically cleansed.
With a pro-Israel President in the White House supporting a dangerous right wing Zionist Government hell-bent on expanding illegal settlements, building the international support for peace and justice in Palestine is more vital than ever.
The international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid is going from strength to strength and the label “apartheid” is hurting Israel, just as it should. How else do they explain the battery of exclusive separate anti-Arab laws, devised to strip Palestinians of any civil rights and justify discrimination and repression on a massive scale?
The Big Ride was initiated in 2015 by activists in Britain, Ireland and beyond who wanted to combine our love of cycling with support for the Palestinian people. We staged a marathon ride from Edinburgh to London over nine days on the first anniversary of the bombardment of Gaza, raising over £65,000 for projects to help children recover from the loss and trauma they suffered.
In 2016 we staged a four-legged ride converging on Birmingham for a community festival followed by a mass ride to Shenstone where we successfully blockaded the UAV factory in protest at its selling drones to Israel.
In 2017 we will be staging a series of events, starting with the Ireland Big Ride in solidarity with Palestine. Why not get involved – cyclists and non-cyclists are both welcome. Raise money and awareness with us. Viva Palestina!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We're asking cyclists and non cyclists to help us build this event. Please email us with your contact number, we'll then get back to you with a few practical things we need help with.
Contact your TD or Stormont representative and ask them to support the Ireland Big Ride
Raise The Big Ride in your local community, political or workplace organisation
Cycle with us some or all of the way!