Cork Palestinian cafe ‘Izz Cafe’ has donated €6060 to the Trocaire Gaza fund from a fundraiser they ran over the weekend.
Izzeddeen Akarajeh and his wife Eman, who came to Ireland as Asylum seekers, run a very popular cafe on George's Quay, cooking Middle Eastern and Palestinian food as well as serving coffee and sweet treats.
Last weekend the couple said they would be donating all proceeds from coffee and cake sales to the Trocaire fund and the initiative gathered a great deal of attention with queues down the street.
Posting on Twitter, Izzeddeen thanked the Cork community for their “wonderful response.
Mr Akarajeh said the total sales raised last Sunday was €3,100, and there was about €1,700 in cash donations in a collection box.
The cafe owner said the money will go towards much-needed supplies for the people of Gaza.
Mr Akarajeh also said he and his wife were “so proud” to call Cork their home and also said they were delighted with the announcement that Ireland is the first EU country to recognise the annexation as breaking international law.
On Tuesday, the Irish Government recognised Israel's illegal settlements as a de facto annexation of Palestinian land.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, said a Sinn Féin motion on the issue "is a clear signal of the depth of feeling across Ireland."
Speaking in the Dáil Mr Coveney said: "The Government shares that grave concern."
Turning to Ireland's native tongue, Izzedeen finished his social media message with an Irish thank you. “Go raibh míle maith agat.”
Thank you ❤️ together we have raised €6060 for Gaza through @trocaire. We are so proud to call Cork our home and are also delighted with today’s news with Ireland being the 1st EU country to recognise the annexation as breaking international law. Go raibh míle maith agat ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gIp0TDPYP8— Izz Cafe (@IzzCafe) May 26, 2021
Anyone who would like to donate to the Trocaire Gaza fund can do so by clicking here.