Definitions of citizenship and what it means to be a citizen of a particular nation has been used to justify discrimination against various groups of people for centuries. These people are generally in the minority in a particular region and are seen as an underclass, and/or something to be dealt with in whatever manner those in the majority deem appropriate. History is full of examples where this thinking has led to egregious levels of discrimination and violence aimed at the minority or undesirables; from the Catholics in Northern Ireland to the Tutsi in Rwanda, where in both cases discrimination and ostracisation eventually led to full-blown violence. This is also the case when it comes to the Palestinians in what was historic Palestine and is now, for the most part, considered the modern state of Israel.
(Originally Published on Indymedia.ie in August 2010)
For some of you outside of Cork, you may have been missing out on some of the most interesting discussions regarding Israel, Palestine and Ireland in recent months. Positions have been taken, so-called facts disproven and insults traded, as per the usual type of thing that goes on whenever the issue of Israel and Palestine is brought up. What makes this most recent development all the more interesting is that it has all been caused by a female native of Cork, Cliona Campbell.