In 1979, I visited my Irish-American cousins in New Jersey, and I was struck by the amount of sympathy they expressed for the Palestinian cause, especially the older generation. They thought Israel was doing something similar to what the British had done to their ancestors. This was in the late '70s, when support for Israel was pretty much taken for granted on the American political scene. The invasion of Lebanon hadn’t happened, Sabra and Shatila hadn’t happened, Begin and Sadat and Carter were in a big love-fest and Americans were P.O.'d about waiting in gas lines.
These days, Israel says it will object to any fact finding commission that includes Mary Robinson or Bernadine Healy, who are Irish and New York Irish-American, respectively. (In the case of Healy, it’s a bum rap. This article tells how Healy resigned because the Red Cross wouldn’t adopt the Shield of David.)
Is there any connection here? Among the Irish and among ethnically conscious Irish Americans, is there more generalized sympathy for the Palestinians than among other ethnic groups and Western nationalities?