Why is Ireland one of the most pro-Palestinian countries?

The country has shown some of the highest support for Palestinians among white-majority nations

Photo composite of Arthur Balfour, a vintage map of Palestine, and scenes of war from the Irish Rebellion and Gaza war
Both Ireland and the region of Palestine were once colonies of the United Kingdom
(Image credit: Illustration by Stephen Kelly / Getty Images)

As the war between Israel and Hamas nears the six-month mark, the global community remains divided between support for Israel and support for the Palestinian people. Muslim-majority Middle Eastern countries continue to back the Palestinians and most Western governments are standing by Israel, but there is an outlying European Union nation that has consistently shown strong support for the Palestinians: Ireland

Nearly 80% of Irish people back the Palestinians and think that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, according to the most recent polling. This high level of support for the Palestinian people may come as a surprise to those looking in from the outside, given that Ireland is a majority-white, majority-Catholic country situated more than 2,000 miles away from the Middle East.

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