Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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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 634) 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 … Continue reading

Take Action: Ask soprano Celine Byrne not to sing for Apartheid Israel

Dear Friends, Irish soprano Celine Byrne is scheduled to perform as Donna Elvira in ‘Don Giovanni’ with the Israeli Opera from February 8th to 23rd 2018. Such a performance would be a breach of the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel which asks international artists to refrain from normalising Israel’s regime of settler colonialism, military occupation and vicious apartheid by refusing to perform there. Since 2006 the Israeli government has been engaged in an aggressive public relations campaign known as ‘Brand Israel’ which, in the words of Nissim Ben-Shitrit, the former head of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, promotes “culture … Continue reading

Report: Cultural evening marking International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People opened by Lord Mayor of Dublin

On the evening of the 29th November 2017, to mark the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) hosted an evening of Palestinian culture in the Oak Room of the Mansion House, the Mayor’s official residence. Scores of IPSC campaigners, activists from other solidarity and human rights groups, and City Councillors, Senators and TDs gathered to experience a showcase of Palestinian culture in the form of music, song, poetry, and of course, food. Although unable to make it, President Michael D. Higgins sent good wishes to all present.   … Continue reading

The Palestine Podcast #23: Steven Salaita on ‘Why Palestine Is Everyone’s Moral Issue’

The Palestine Podcast showcases a selection of lectures, talks and interviews featuring leading experts and social justice activists active on the Palestine-Israel issue. Brought to you by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Click here to view all podcasts. ===== PP#23 – Steven Salaita on ‘Why Palestine Is Everyone’s Moral Issue’ [2017-09-12] – (Download here) INFO: The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in association with Academics for Palestine, were honoured to present a public talk by renowned Palestinian-American author and intellectual Steven Salaita. The event took place on Tuesday 12th September 2017 in Dublin. In his talk, Steven Salaita explored why Palestine is one … Continue reading

Statement of solidarity with Omar Barghouti, Palestinian BDS leader

The below statement was issued by the The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP), of which the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is a member. The IPSC fully supports the statement and stands in solidarity with Omar Barghouti against this scurrilous Israeli attack on both himself and the wider Palestinian BDS movement. === ECCP Statement of Solidarity With Omar Barghouti The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP) – a network of 42 European committees, organizations, NGOs, unions and international solidarity movements from 19 European countries – expresses its support and solidarity for human rights defender and … Continue reading

200 European Legal Scholars Uphold the Right to Boycott Israel for Palestinian Rights

Marking the 10th December UN Human Rights Day, which this year raises the slogan, “Stand up for someone’s rights today,” about 200 legal scholars and practicing lawyers from 15 European states have issued a statement that stands for Palestinian rights and considers the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality as “a lawful exercise of freedom of expression.” The full text of the letter can be read below. The list of statement signatories includes world-renowned legal figures of the prominence of South African jurist John Dugard, who served at the International Court of Justice; Sir … Continue reading

Action Item: Write to Minister of State John Halligan urging no collaboration with Apartheid Israel’s education ministry

The Irish Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan is on an official visit to the Palestine-Israel region at the moment. We are informed that as part of his itinerary he is due to meet Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Minster for Education, to discuss “innovation and education”. Bennett is one of the most reprehensible and racist figures in the current Israeli government, which itself is widely considered to be the most extremist in Israel’s history. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) believes that such a meeting should not take place, and furthermore, that there should be no cooperation … 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

Letter signed by 120+ scholars backing Irish academic boycott of Israel published in Irish Times

A letter in today’s Irish Times sees more than 120 Irish and Irish-based academics declare their support for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The scholars said they were “disturbed by the involvement of Israeli higher education institutions in Israel’s military and security industries, by EU institutional involvement in funding Israeli research, and by the research and development collaboration between Irish and Israeli higher-education institutions”. They said they would respond to the appeal from Palestinian civil society and avoid co-operation with those institutions. Contrary to the order presented by the newspaper, the letter’s lead author is Dr Ronit Lentin, retired … Continue reading

Lies, Damned Lies and the Mainstream Media: The curious case of the cancellation of the Israeli Feis

In the aftermath of the announced cancellation of the Israeli Feis Irish dancing competition last week, many mainstream media outlets have been quick to regurgitate the organisers’ claims that it was cancelled due to ‘threats’ – without offering any evidence of said threats. The IPSC has already debunked, at great length, the defamatory claims of the Carey Academy – but the media response deserves a critical examination. For example, the Irish Independent published a story by David Kearns online under the headline “Israeli feis cancelled after threats by ‘Irish supporters of Palestine’”. Thus the headline assumes the veracity of these … Continue reading

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