Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

IPSC “Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel”

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In August 2010 the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) launched the following pledge, initially signed by over 140 (now 263) 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 are an Irish artist or an artist based in Ireland and would like to add your signature, please contact culturalboycott [at] ipsc.ie***

Pledge reaches 200 signatures! Read the full story here

 

Described by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) as “a ground-breaking initiative”, this pledge has so far been signed by over 140 Irish creative and performing artists: novelists, playwrights, poets, actors, composers, singers, dancers, painters, sculptors and filmmakers, ranging from those starting out on their careers to household names. – See here for the full PACBI statement of endorsement.

Click here to read about and watch videos from the official launch on 12th August 2010

According to IPSC Cultural Boycott Officer Dr. Raymond Deane, “These artists are aware of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s statement in 2005 that “We see culture as a propaganda tool of the first rank, and…do not differentiate between propaganda and culture.” These artists refuse to allow their art to be exploited by an apartheid state that disregards international law and universal principles of human rights, but look forward to the day when normal cultural relations can be re-established with an Israel that fully complies with such laws and principles.”

Dr. Deane, himself a classical composer and a signatory of the pledge, recalled Nelson Mandela’s dictum that “boycott is not a principle, it is a tactic depending upon circumstances.” Dr. Deane added: “Five years ago, when 170 Palestinian civil society organisations called a campaign of  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, they provided a central plank for worldwide activism on behalf of their cause.”

Dr. Deane continued, “Culture cannot stand aloof from such activism. Whether or not art is ‘above politics’, its presentation and representation in the real world can all too easily be hijacked by oppressive states. With this pledge, Irish artists have an opportunity to distance themselves from such exploitation, and to take a non-violent stand on behalf of the oppressed Palestinian people.”

Full List of Signatories (263)
Last Updated – 25 February 2014

          1. Astrid Adler – Visual Artist, musician, mime artist
          2. John Arden († March 2012) – Playwright, novelist
          3. Siobhán Armstrong – Musician
          4. Derek Ball – Composer
          5. Robert Ballagh – Visual artist
          6. Margo Banks – Painter
          7. Cormac Begley – Musician
          8. Liam Bradley – Musician
          9. Diarmuid Breatnach – Musician, poet
          10. Cormac Breatnach – Musician
          11. Cecily Brennan – Artist
          12. Ronan Browne – Musician
          13. Conor Byrne – Musician
          14. Roisin Byrne – Visual artist
          15. Séamas Cain – Poet, performance artist
          16. Moya Cannon – Poet
          17. Liam Carson – Scríbhneoir
          18. Clare Cashman – Visual artist
          19. Rhona Clarke – Composer
          20. Siobhán Cleary – Composer
          21. Mickey Coleman – Singer/songwriter
          22. Joe Comerford – Filmmaker
          23. Michael Connerty – Musician (Moutpiece)
          24. Neilí Conroy – Actor
          25. Dorothy Cross – Sculptor
          26. Charles Cullen – Visual artist
          27. Michael Cullen – Painter
          28. Cindy Cummings – Dance artist
          29. Sinéad Cusack – Actor
          30. Margaretta Darcy – Author and playwright
          31. John F. Deane – Writer
          32. Raymond Deane – Composer
          33. Seamus Deane – Author
          34. Renate DeBrun – Painter and printmaker
          35. Damien Dempsey – Singer
          36. Tim Dennehy – Singer/songwriter
          37. Eoin Dillon – Ceoltóir (Kíla)
          38. Keith Donald – Musician
          39. Philip Donnery – Musician
          40. Gráinne Dowling – Visual artist
          41. Kevin Doyle – Writer
          42. Robert Doyle – Musician
          43. Roger Doyle – Composer
          44. Felim Egan – Visual artist
          45. Martin A. Egan – Musician
          46. Naisrín Elsafty – Singer
          47. Róisín Elsafty – Singer
          48. Zahrah Elsafty – Singer
          49. Elaine Feeney – Poet
          50. Stephen Gardner – Composer
          51. Anthony Glavin – Novelist and short story writer
          52. Dearbhla Glynn – Filmmaker
          53. Johnny Gogan – Filmmaker
          54. Carmel Gunning – Musician
          55. Marie Hanlon – Visual artist
          56. Robbie Harris – Musician
          57. Paul Hayes – Composer
          58. Graham Henderson – Musician
          59. Donogh Hennessy – Musician
          60. Rita Ann Higgins – Poet
          61. Michael Holohan – Composer
          62. Andy Irvine – Musician
          63. Ryan Johnson – Musician
          64. Fergus Johnston – Composer
          65. Fred Johnston – Poet
          66. Trevor Joyce – Poet
          67. Bernadette Kiely – Painter
          68. Brian King – Sculptor
          69. Vincent Kennedy – Composer
          70. Trevor Knight – Music/theatre
          71. Conor Kostick – Novelist
          72. Gavin Kostick – Playwright
          73. Dave Lordan – Poet
          74. Donal Lunny –Musician
          75. Pól MacAdaim – Singer/songwriter
          76. Iarla Mac Aodha Bhuí – Scríbhneoir
          77. Mickey MacConnell – Singer/songwriter
          78. Tony Mac Mahon – Musician
          79. Lorcán Mac Mathúna – Singer
          80. Alice Maher – Visual Artist
          81. Brenda Malloy – Musician
          82. Jimmy McCarthy – Singer/songwriter
          83. Martin McElhinney – Musician (Coldwar)
          84. Paul Nash – Musician (Coldwar)
          85. Trevor McLave – (Coldwar)
          86. Joe McGowan – Author
          87. Jackie McKenna – Sculptor
          88. John McLachlan – Composer
          89. Joleen McLaughlin – Musician (Henry Sisters)
          90. Karen McLaughlin – Musician (Henry Sisters)
          91. Lorna McLaughlin – Musician (Henry Sisters)
          92. Tina Mc Laughlin- Singer/songwriter
          93. Eoin McLochlainn – Visual artist
          94. John McSherry – Musician
          95. Paula Meehan – Poet
          96. Thom Moore – Songwriter, writer/translator
          97. Sharon (Shaz) Morgan – Musician, photographer
          98. Sami Moukkadem – Musician, film-maker, writer
          99. Hassan Ould Muctar – Musician
          100. Conor Mullan – Musician
          101. Janet Mullarney – Visual artist
          102. Gráinne Mulvey – Composer
          103. Deirdre Murphy – Dancer
          104. Niamh Ní Charra – Musician
          105. Peadar Ó Ceannabháin – Singer
          106. Saileog Ní Cheannabháin – Musician
          107. Treasa Ní Cheannabháin – Singer
          108. Áine Ní Chuaig – Musician
          109. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh – Musician/singer
          110. Liam Noonan – Musician (Digital Disorder)
          111. Dave Murphy – Musician (Digital Disorder)
          112. Keith McGovern – Musician (Digital Disorder)
          113. Ken Deasy – Musician (Digital Disorder)
          114. Pádraig Ó Baoill – Scríbhneoir
          115. Niall Ó Callanáin – Musician
          116. Eamonn O’Doherty († August 2011) – Architect, sculptor
          117. Méabh O Hare – Musician/filmmaker
          118. Jane O’Leary – Composer
          119. Brian Ó hUiginn – Musician
          120. Donal O’Kelly – Playwright/actor
          121. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh – Ceoltóir
          122. Seosamh O Neachtain – Dancer
          123. Eoin O’Neill – Musician
          124. Jerry O’Reilly – Singer
          125. Peadar Ó Riada – Ceoltóir
          126. Gregory Rosenstock – Writer
          127. Pauline Scanlon – Singer
          128. Rossa Ó Snodaigh – Ceoltóir (Kíla)
          129. Paul O’Toole – Singer/songwriter
          130. Michael Quane – Sculptor
          131. Bob Quinn – Visual artist/filmmaker
          132. Jim Ricks – Visual artist
          133. Stephen Rothschild – Painter/printmaker
          134. Mary Russell – Author
          135. Dermot Seymour – Painter
          136. John W. Sexton – Poet
          137. Eileen Sheehan – Poet
          138. Ronan Sheehan – Novelist
          139. Michael Smith – Poet and translator
          140. Moira Tierney – Film-maker
          141. Hugh Travers – Writer
          142. Caoimhín Vallely – Ceoltóir
          143. Laura Vecchi – Painter/writer
          144. John Wakeman – Poet
          145. Hilary Wakeman – Author
          146. Hazel Walker – Visual artist
          147. William Wall – Author
          148. Ronan Wilmot – Actor/director
          149. Steve Woods – Film-maker
          150. Adam Wyeth – Poet
          151. Luke Mercer – Musician (Oddsocks Revival)
          152. Adrian White – Writer
          153. Tom Fitzgerald – Visual artist
          154. Clara Rose – Musician
          155. Conor McGrady – Visual artist
          156. Dermot McLaughlin – Musician
          157. Michael Owens – Singer/songwriter
          158. Anthony Fox – Actor, writer
          159. Conor Grimes – Writer, actor
          160. Stuart Nealon – Poet
          161. Darach Ó Scolaí – Writer
          162. Cahal Johnson – Musician
          163. Michael Gallagher – Photographer
          164. Kevin Spratt (aka Captain Moonlight) – Musician
          165. Cara Dillon – Musician
          166. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh – Ceoltóir
          167. Fiach (Moriarty) – Singer/songwriter
          168. Loreana Rush – Photographer
          169. Alice Hanratty – Painter
          170. Barry McGovern – Actor
          171. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill – Poet
          172. Lillis Ó Laoire – Musician
          173. Stephen Rea – Actor
          174. Liam Ó Maonlaí – Musician
          175. Ellen Cranitch – Musician
          176. Sharon Shannon – Musician
          177. Seamus Cashman – Poet
          178. Julius Guzy – Painter
          179. Dermot Browne – Painter
          180. Denise Cassidy – Painter
          181. Kevin Crawford – Musician
          182. Gráinne Holland  – Musician (Casadh)
          183. Frainc Mac Cionnaith – Musician (Casadh)
          184. Nioclás Mac Cathmhaoil  – Musician (Casadh)
          185. Barry Kerr – Artist and musician
          186. John Steele – Musician
          187. Conor Biggs – Musician
          188. Robbi McMillen – Singer
          189. Alan O Connor – Photographer
          190. Sarah Clancy – Poet
          191. Maria McManus – Poet and playwright
          192. Tiona McSherry – Musician
          193. Paul McSherry – Musician
          194. Daragh Carville – Playwright and screenwriter
          195. Harry Moore – Artist
          196. Dylan Walshe – Singer/songwriter
          197. Melissa Nolan – Actor
          198. Anthony Kane (aka The Lonely Schizophrenic) – Musician
          199. John Ryan – Author
          200. Dermot Kelly – Photographer
          201. Ciaran Dwyer – Singer/songwriter
          202. Tommy Halferty – Musician
          203. Finian Cunninghman – Singer/songwriter
          204. Eamon Murray – Musician
          205. Rynagh O’Grady – Actor
          206. Padraig Murray – Actor
          207. Michal Leman-Lemanski – Theatre producer/cultural project manager
          208. Sara Horgan – Visual artist
          209. Pat ‘deVerse’ Burke – Traditional Singer/Songwriter
          210. Denise Woods – Director of photography
          211. Paul Flynn – Composer
          212. Glenda Cimino – Writer, actor, director
          213. Shane Cullen – Visual artist
          214. Jaki McCarrick – Writer
          215. Tim Ording  – Singer/songwriter (Melodica Deathship)
          216. Roisin Ni Galloglaigh – Musician
          217. Kevin McCarthy – Visual artist
          218. Joby Fox – Songwriter
          219. Rik Walton – Photographer
          220. Connor Kelly – Poet/musician
          221. Katrin Neue – Dancer and choreographer
          222. Pamela Brown – Poet
          223. Paul Kirby – Visual artist
          224. Barry Hamilton – Filmmaker and director
          225. Luke Fallon – Cartoonist
          226. Ciaran Murphy – Singer/songwriter
          227. Seán Harrington – Architect
          228. Cormac O’Neill – Visual artist
          229. Eamonn Crudden – Filmmaker
          230. Fares Fares – Visual artist/photographer
          231. Brian Dunning – Musician
          232. Paul C. Reynolds – Photographer
          233. Andrew Edgar (aka Zyme) – Musician (Gamepak)
          234. Tim Daly – Lyricist
          235. Gerry Fitzgerald – Musician (The Lee Harveys)
          236. Stephen Cashell - Musician (The Lee Harveys)
          237. Paul O Brien - Musician (The Lee Harveys)
          238. Alice Walsh – Writer
          239. Daniel Lynch (aka Danny Diatribe) – MC (Diatribe & The Crimson Underground)
          240. Garvan McCann (aka The Crimson Underground) – Producer (Diatribe & The Crimson Underground)
          241. Mick Hannigan – IndieCork Film Festival
          242. Arezu Tabarsi (aka Top-Notch) – MC
          243. Mikael Fernström – Multi-media artist
          244. Des Donnelly (aka Drax) – Poet
          245. Seamus Doyle – Musician
          246. Shane O’Shea (aka Naphta) – DJ/Producer
          247. Diarmuid Slattery (aka Diarmo) – DJ/Producer/Musician
          248. Graham Montgomery – Musician
          249. Daragh McCarthy – Filmmaker
          250. Kevin Barrington – Poet
          251. Joe McGill – Painter, sculptor and poet
          252. Robbie Perry – Musician
          253. Hugh McFadden – Poet, literary critic and editor
          254. Catherine Ann Cullen – Poet
          255. Martin Naarendorp (aka Ras Tinny) – Deejay
          256. Leon Guilfoyle – Musician (Lluther)
          257. Hytham Martin – Musician (Lluther & Eyesclosed)
          258. Eoghan O’Neill [1] – Sculptor
          259. Eoghan O’Neill [2] – Musician (Early House)
          260. Kevin Rowsome – Musician
          261. Khaled Ajamia – Filmmaker
          262. Rónan Guilfoyle – Jazz musician/Composer
          263. Dylan Tighe – Musician, theatre director and writer
          264. Seán Murray – Filmmaker
          265. Brian Fleming – Musician

If you are an Irish artist or an artist based in Ireland and would like to add your signature, please contact culturalboycott [at] ipsc.ie


Irish artists make BDS history, issuing the first nation-wide pledge’ to boycott Israeli apartheid

Statement by PACBI
Occupied Ramallah, August 5th, 2010

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) strongly welcomes the Irish artists’ ‘pledge’ to boycott Israeli cultural institutions until Israel complies with international law. This pledge not only represents a significant victory for the ethical responsibilities of international cultural figures; a key factor in the cultural boycott of Israel, but is a ground breaking strategy in supporting Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.

In the last few years, many international cultural figures have come out in support of the cultural boycott of Israel. A statement authored by John Berger in support of the boycott gathered dozens of signatures, including some celebrities. [1] Montreal, Canada, witnessed a most impressive initiative in this respect, where 500 artists issued a statement this last February committing themselves to “fighting against [Israeli] apartheid” and calling upon “all artists and cultural producers across the country and around the world to adopt a similar position in this global struggle” for Palestinian rights. [2] Yet, the Irish artists have raised the bar of solidarity by pioneering the first nation-wide cultural stance in support of the boycott of Israel.

Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid cultural boycott, the Palestinian academic and cultural boycott call [3] has relied entirely on moral pressure, appealing to the conscience of the artists in question as well as their fans. The main rationale behind this call is that performing in a state that practices occupation, colonization and apartheid, as Israel does, cannot be regarded as a purely artistic act, if any such act exists. Regardless of intentions, such an act is a conscious form of complicity that is manipulated by Israel in its frantic efforts to whitewash its persistent violations of international law and Palestinian rights. This is because artistic performances in Israel promote a “business as usual” attitude that normalizes and sanitizes a state that has persistently committed war crimes over several decades — in Gaza, Jerusalem, the Naqab (Negev), and most recently, in the high seas against international humanitarian relief workers aboard the Freedom Flotilla.

An artist who performs in Israel today — just like any artist who violated the boycott and performed in Sun City, South Africa, during apartheid — can only be seen by Palestinians and people of conscience around the world as motivated by profit and personal gain far more than by moral principles. We realize that Israeli concert promoters offer large sums of money to lure international performers as part of the Foreign Ministry-run “Brand Israel”[4] campaign, designed explicitly to hide Israel’s criminal violations of human rights under a guise of artistic and scientific glamour and a deceptive image of cultural excellence and “liberalism.” But we hope artists will resist the temptation and assert the primacy of human rights and justice over financial reward. Within this context, the main impact of the boycott at this stage is to expose Israel as a pariah, to increase its isolation, thus raising the price of its injustices against the Palestinian people and challenging international complicity in perpetuating its occupation and apartheid.

The Palestinian academic and cultural boycott movement has not witnessed a sustained surge in cultural boycott of Israel such as has occurred in the last year and a half, since the Israeli war of aggression on Gaza. Today, major performing artists are cancelling concerts in Israel and world bestselling authors are endorsing BDS. [5] With this growth, the movement is showing more signs of its potential to transform international opinion in much the way that the divestment movement isolated the South African apartheid regime. In 1965, the American Committee on Africa, following the lead of prominent British arts associations, sponsored a historic declaration against South African apartheid, signed by more than 60 cultural personalities. It read: “We say no to apartheid. We take this pledge in solemn resolve to refuse any encouragement of, or indeed, any professional association with the present Republic of South Africa, this until the day when all its people shall equally enjoy the educational and cultural advantages of that rich and beautiful land.” [6] A year before that, in 1964, the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement promoted a declaration signed by 28 Irish playwrights that they would not permit their work to be performed before segregated audiences in South Africa. [7] Today, Irish and Canadian artists have opened up the way for achieving the same level of commitment from international artists in isolating apartheid Israel.

The great majority of Palestinian cultural figures stand solidly behind the call for a cultural boycott of Israel, [8] as do all the main cultural institutions and associations. Palestinian artists often express the commonly held view that world artists have a moral obligation to uphold universal principles of human rights and justice in order to help end this multi-tiered oppression against the Palestinians. Irish artists have today taken a historic step in enhancing the movement that would exert effective pressure on Israel and bring about freedom and just peace. For that, we salute these principled and ethically responsible Irish artists.

PACBI

www.PACBI.org

pacbi@pacbi.org

Notes:

[1] http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=415

[2] http://www.tadamon.ca/post/5824

[3] http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=869

[4] http://www.israel21c.org/opinion/jewish-week-marketing-a-new-image

[5] http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1291

[6] http://www.tcg.org/publications/at/MayJune08/positions.cfm

[7] http://www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/history/boycotts/cultural.html

[8] http://pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=315