Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel

Irish public figures’ statement in support of Israel boycott welcomed by human rights campaigners

In an open letter published in today’s Irish Times and Irish Independent, thirteen of Ireland’s best-known musicians, writers, artists and sports stars have called on the Irish government to join them in supporting the growing worldwide boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The statement has been welcomed by Palestinian and Irish human rights campaigners. The letter’s signatories are Christy Moore, Mary Coughlan, Robert Ballagh, Donal Lunny, Frances Black, Trevor Hogan, Dervla Murphy, Seamus Deane, Felim Egan, Margaretta D’Arcy, Jim Fitzpatrick, Honor Heffernan and Gavin Kostick. The letter welcomes Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan’s support for BDS as … Continue reading

Listowel Writers’ Week refusal to accept Israeli state funding welcomed by artists and human rights campaigners

Today’s decision by Listowel Writers’ Week Festival to refuse funding from the Israeli Embassy in Ireland has been welcomed by artists, human rights campaigners and Palestine solidarity activists in Ireland, and is being hailed as victory for the growing Palestinian-led global Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement. The festival’s courageous and principled decision came after festival orgainsers were informed that the acceptance of any such funding would be in breach of the Palestinian civil society call for a cultural boycott of Israel, and after being contacted by concerned members of the public, several of them artists who are due to … Continue reading

Irish artists respond to Israeli Apartheid apologist Nicky Larkin’s articles

Over the past number of weeks, an Irish artist and filmmaker called Nicky Larkin has published two articles in the Sunday Independent in support of Israel’s apartheid regime, criticising artists who speak out against Israel, and promoting his new film “Forty Shades of Grey”. Four of the signatories to the Irish Artist’s Pledge to Boycott Israel have publicly responded to Mr. Larkin’s scurrilous attacks. Composer Raymond Deane, who is also the IPSC’s Cultural Liaison Officer, had a letter published in the Sunday Independent two weeks after the original article appeared. Mysteriously, while the letter appeared in the print edition of … Continue reading

IPSC “Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel”

In August 2010 the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) launched the following pledge, initially signed by over 140 (now 556) Irish creative and performing artists, whereby they undertake to boycott the Israeli state under present circumstances: “In response to the call from Palestinian civil society for a cultural boycott of Israel, we pledge not to avail of any invitation to perform or exhibit in Israel, nor to accept any funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.” – See the full list of signatories here. ***If you … Continue reading

Gardai break up peaceful protest outside Israeli Embassy sponsored film festival

A protest outside the Israeli Embassy sponsored “Israeli Film Days” in Temple Bar turned acrimonious this evening when Gardai broke up a peaceful demonstration by pro-Palestinian activists outside the venue. Citing Section 21 of the Public Order Act, Gardai forcibly removed around sixty activists from the area outside the venue, Filmbase, on Curved Street in Temple Bar, while others were removed from inside the venue. [Images below] Prior to the removal, the protestors had gathered to chant slogans and hand out leaflets explaining why they were opposed to the event. Between 5.30 and 6.40pm the activists held a loud, colourful, … Continue reading

Email Campaign: Protest the “Israeli Film Days” at Filmbase in Dublin

According to a page on Facebook, Filmbase in Dublin will be hosting a series of “Israeli Film Days” sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. between November 24th to 27th. The IPSC is calling on our supporters to write to Filmbase and protest this move. A model letter, already sent by the IPSC, is below – but it is always better to write your own letters. Please send to the following Email Addresses: info@filmbase.ie, md@filmbase.ie, clare@filmbase.ie To whom it concerns – I am deeply perturbed that Filmbase proposes to host “Israeli Film Days” between 24th-27th of this month. I would remind you … Continue reading