About Holy Land Principles
The same man who launched the Mac Bride Principles on November 5, 1984 has now launched the Holy Land Principles – a corporate code of conduct for U.S. companies doing business in the Holy Land (Palestine-Israel or Israel-Palestine).
Fr. Sean Mc Manus – president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, and of the recently formed Holy Land Principles, Inc. – said: “The Mac Bride Principles campaign is considered the most effective campaign ever against anti-Catholic discrimination in Northern Ireland. And similarly, I am hoping that the Holy Land Principles will persuade American companies to adhere to fair employment in the Holy Land. If Catholics in Northern Ireland deserve these Principles, who is going to claim Palestinian Muslims and Christians do not?”
Fr. Mc Manus, who has recently returned from the Holy Land, said: “American principles must follow American investment – everywhere. No exceptions! Irrespective of how Americans view the problem there, one thing is surely right: American investment dollars should not subsidize anti-Palestinian discrimination in The Holy Land. And, therefore, I am confident that Americans will want all the 545 companies doing business there to sign the Holy Land Principles.” ( Since this was written, our research has shown there are 546 American companies doing business there). [ SEE PRINCIPLES BELOW].Like the Mac Bride Principles, the Holy Land Principles do not call for disinvestment, divestment or reverse discrimination.
To further promote the new Principles, Fr. Mc Manus has brought out a new edition of his Memoirs: My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland … And The Holy Land. In the book, which now has 424 pages, he draws a close parallel between how the British Government partitioned both Ireland and Palestine.
Fr. Mc Manus mapped out the plan of campaign:
“The basic strategy of the campaign is to persuade all the 546 U.S. companies in The Holy Land to sign the Principles. They sign by agreeing in writing ‘to make all lawful efforts to implement the Fair Employment Practices embodied in the Holy Land Principles in their operations in The Holy Land’ – the very same language used by companies signing the Mac Bride Principles.
- The campaign will be conducted through Shareholders’ Resolutions and through public education.
- This book with a personalized letter will be sent to the CEOs of all 546 companies, plus their Investor Relations Contact.
- This book with a personalized letter will be sent to all Members of Congress, House and Senate, and all key media personnel.
- An extensive Direct Mail campaign will be conducted to prospective supporters – Irish-Americans, Arab-Americans and the faith and social-justice communities.”
The Holy Land Principles call on American companies conducting business in The Holy Land to:
Adhere to equal and fair employment practices in hiring, compensation, training, professional education, advancement and governance without discrimination based on national, racial, ethnic or religious identity.
Identify underrepresented employee groups and initiate active recruitment efforts to increase the number of underrepresented employees.
Develop training programs that will prepare substantial numbers of current minority employees for skilled jobs, including the expansion of existing programs and the creation of new programs to train, upgrade, and improve the skills of minority employees.
Maintain a work environment that is respectful of all national, racial, ethnic and religious groups.
Ensure that layoff, recall and termination procedures do not favor a particular national, racial, ethnic or religious group.
Not make military service a precondition or qualification for employment for any position, other than those positions that specifically require such experience, for the fulfillment of an employee’s particular responsibilities.
Not accept subsidies, tax incentives or other benefits that lead to the direct advantage of one national, racial, ethnic or religious group over another.
Appoint staff to monitor, oversee, set timetables, and publicly report on their progress in implementing the Holy Land Principles.
FR.SEAN MC MANUS
Fr.Sean Mc Manus,founder-president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus—and the Holy Land Principles, Inc.—was born in 1944 in County Fermanagh, one of the Six Counties in Northern Ireland—in a parish,significantly,divided by the British imposed Border.
In 1972, Church and State exiled him to the U.S. because here refused to be silent about injustice in Northern Ireland.
In 1974,he founded the Irish National Caucus:“Thus Mc Manus became Britain’s nemesis in America,the driving force that would eventually erode Britain’s influence within the U.S. Government.” (American Policy and Northern Ireland. Professor Joseph E.Thompson).
Fr .Mc Manus has an unequaled and unprecedented record of working on Capitol Hill on the Irish issue. He has built up huge good will for the Irish cause, and is highly respected for the nonpartisan way he has pursued his mission.He has based his mission solidly on the teaching of the Catholic Church:“Action on behalf of Justice [is] a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel.” (Justice in the World.1972).
In 2011 Fr. Mc Manus was chosen to serve on the World Peace Awarding Council (WPPAC). The South Korea-based Council consists of twelve international and interfaith members. In 2013 Fr. Mc Manus was selected to be the Chief Judge of WPPAC.
To further promote the Holy Land Principles,Fr .Mc Manus has brought out a new edition of his Memoirs : My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland…and The Holy Land.
In the book, which now has 400 pages, he draws a close parallel between how the British Government partitioned both Ireland and Palestine.The prime promoter of the book is Barbara Flaherty ,Executive Vice President of both the INC and the Holy Land Principles, Inc.
The book is available on the INCWebsite: Irishnationalcaucus.org, HolyLandPrinciples.org an Amazon.com
Executive Vice President
Barbara Flaherty, a teacher and educator, has also spent many years working in the non-profit sector. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from The University of Maryland, College Park, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education from Western Maryland College, graduating with a 4.0 average.
Barbara has spent two decades teaching history in the Prince George’s County, Maryland system. She said, “I love teaching, and I have worked with the best trained educators in the country.” In 2005, she received the Outstanding Educator Award.
She is now the Executive Vice President of the Irish National Caucus, and the Holy Land Principles. She commented, “It is an honor to be working with both the Irish National Caucus and the Holy Land Principles on very important, human rights issues.”
Her late husband, Martin, a Galway native, first introduced her to the Irish cause at the age of 18, and since then she has been continually involved.
Barbara also serves as the prime promoter of Fr. Mc Manus’s Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland … The Holy Land, and his novels, MAC IRELAND: Fight For Irish Freedom, MAC IRELAND” Irish Struggle Continues and MAC IRELAND: The Cause Endures.
On October 24, 2013, in Seoul, South Korea, Barbara was presented with the World Peace Prize by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC) and was sworn in as Roving Ambassador for Peace.” Additionally, she has been appointed as a Judge and Corporate Manager for WPPAC.