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 512) 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***

(August 2014) Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel reaches 500 signatures! Read the full story here
(August 2014) Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel reaches 460 signatures on 4th Anniversary! Read the full story here
(July 2014) Pledge reaches 300 signatures! Read the full story here
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 (512)
Last Updated – 5th September 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
            266. Darragh Jáuregui-Hogan – Composer and musician
            267. Jim McKee – Artist, singer and songwriter
            268. Pa Curran – Singer/Songwriter
            269. Katie O’Kelly – Actor and playwright
            270. Keith O’Brien – Composer
            271. Benjamin Dwyer – Composer and guitarist
            272. Bernadette Hopkins – Artist
            273. Mary Costello – Writer
            274. Kimberly Campanello – Poet
            275. Vincent Doherty – Traditional singer and musician
            276. Jane Jermyn – Ceramic artist
            277. Karl Parkinson – Writer/Poet
            278. Colin Dunne – Dancer
            279. Anthony Jackson – Hip-Hop Artist
            280. Sebastian Clare – Writer and Voice Artist
            281. Kathryn Maguire – Artist
            282. Brian Kavanagh – Artist
            283. Mollie Barrow – Artist
            284. Liosa Ni Chiarain – Artist, Tatooist, Singer/Songwriter
            285. Tom J. Byrne – Artist
            286. Sue Cosgrave – Author and poet
            287. Philip Fogarty – Musician
            288. Anna Lardi – Musician
            289. John Nee (aka Little John Nee) – Writer/Performer
            290. Philip Casey – Poet, Novelist
            291. Edel Meade – Musician
            292. Honor Heffernan – Singer/Musician
            293. Edward Boyne – Poet
            294. Jürgen Simpson – Composer
            295. Jackie Askew – Visual artist
            296. Richard Geraghty - Filmmaker, photographer, musician
            297. Maeve McCarthy – Visual artist
            298. Katherine Duffy – Poet
            299. Harry Bradley – Traditional musician
            300.  Peter Cummins – Musician (The Fleadh Cowboys)
            301. Sile Denvir – Musician
            302. Tiarnan O Duinnchinn – Traditional musician
            303. Siobhán Peoples – Traditional musician
            304. Katie Theasby – Singer
            305. Fiona O’Dwyer – Visual artist
            306. Fiona Kelleher – Musician
            307. Paul Bradley – Fiddle player
            308. John Carty – Musician
            309. Eimer Casey – Musician
            310. Ger Costelloe – Singer/Songwriter
            311. Kate Thompson – Author
            312. Leonard Barry – Musician
            313. Mick Blake – Singer/songwriter
            314. Liam P. Bradley – Musician
            315. Paddy Kerr – Musician
            316. Donogh Hennessy – Composer and performer
            317. Paula Leyden – Author
            318. Conor Caldwell – Musician
            319. Philip Crickard – Musician
            320. Noirin Lynch – Singer
            321. Ger Ryan – Actor
            322. Roisin Broderick – Musician
            323. Thierry Masure – Fiddle player
            324. Tara Baoth Mooney – Singer and musician
            325. Clodagh Downing – Actor
            326. Celine Kiernan – Author
            327. Melissa Joan Diem – Poet, writer and visual artist
            328. Denyse Woods – Novelist
            329. Colm Mac Con Iomaire – Ceoltóir / Musician
            330. Fionnbharr Ó Súilleabháin – Fine art photographer
            331. Eleanor Methven – Actor
            332. Eoghan McGrath – Visual artist
            333. Ian Lynch – Singer/musician (Lynched)
            334. Mael Coll Rua – Poet
            335. Guiseppe Torre – Digital artist
            336. Kinbria / Sorrellium – Musician, Recording artist, poet
            337. Paul Larkin – Film-maker and author
            338. Una Keane – Musician
            339. Kevin Liddy – Writer, director
            340. Mary Murphy – Author, illustrator
            341. Bairbre Flood – Musician (Yearning Curve)
            342. Lawrence O’Donnell – Musician (Yearning Curve)
            343. Laura Ann Brady – Musician
            344. Amanda Feery – Composer
            345. Jose Miguel Jimenez – Actor and theatre director
            346. Niamh McCann – Actor
            347. Rory Pierce – Composer, cellist
            348. Will Irvine – Actor
            349. Gina Moxley – Actor/writer/director
            350. Joanna Thompson – Artist
            351. Alan Holly – Animation filmmaker
            352. Jim Maginn – Photographer
            353. Steve O’Sullivan (AKA Evil Uncle) – Musician
            354. Tob Swift – Musician
            355. Ella Clarke – Dance artist
            356. Gary Lawlor – Musician (The Druids)
            357. Mick Dunne – Musician (The Druids)
            358. Mick O’Brien – Musician (The Druids)
            359. Paddy Mangan – Musician (The Druids)
            360. Noni Stapleton – Actor
            361. Dahí Jim – Singer/writer
            362. Dee Roycroft – Writer, actor
            363. Michael Coult – Traditional flute player
            364. Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin – Musician
            365. Mary Barnecutt – Musician/writer
            366. Paul Murnaghan – Visual artist
            367. Oonagh Kearney – Filmmaker and writer
            368. Rossa Mullin – Filmmaker
            369. Grace Weir – Visual Artist
            370. Joe Walker – Visual Artist
            371. Pat Walker – Visual Artist
            372. Tamara Him – Photographer
            373. Thomas Mallon – Musician (Astralnaut)
            374. Seoidin O’Sullivan – Artist
            375. Jessica Traynor – Poet
            376. Paul McCloskey – Visual artist
            377. Mel Healy – Novelist
            378. Brian Cross – Photographer/Film-maker
            379. Margo Harkin – Filmmaker
            380. Steve Wall – Musician
            381. Kevin Curran – Author
            382. Adrienne Geoghegan – visual artist/writer
            383. Sean O’Reilly – Writer
            384. Anamaria Crowe Serrano – Poet
            385. Doireann Ní Ghríofa – Poet/File
            386. Séighean Ó Draoi – Sculptor
            387. Patricio Casssinoni – Artist and photographer
            388. Afric McGlinchey – Poet
            389. Dave Fleming – Musician
            390. John Conneely – Musician
            391. Jessamine O’Connor – Poet
            392. Petr Pandula – Musician
            393. Lia Mills – Writer
            394. Ceara Conway – Visual artist
            395. Steve Hanks – Musician
            396. Christodoulos Makris – Poet
            397. Derbhle Crotty – Actor
            398. Margo Carr – Actor, comedian
            399. John Joyce – Musician
            400. Kathleen Joyce – Musician
            401. Aindrias Stack – Actor, musician, storyteller
            402. Robin Parmar – Sound artist and poet
            403. Carmel McCreagh – Singer/Writer
            404. Seamas Mac Annaidh – Scribhneoir (Writer)
            405. Allen Kiely – Photographer
            406. Cathal Synnott – Musician
            407. Ronit Lentin – Novelist
            408. Adrian Kenny – Writer
            409. Lou McMahon – Singer/Songwriter
            410. Aoife Scott – Singer
            411. Frances Black – Singer
            412. David Carmody – Musician
            413. Vanessa Gildea – Filmmaker
            414. Barbara O’Meara – Visual artist
            415. Daniel Doyle – Sculptor
            416. Pat Nolan – Actor
            417. Rory Tangney – Artist
            418. Mark O’Halloran – Actor
            419. John Buckley – Visual artist
            420. Gari Deegan – Singer/songwriter
            421. Izumi Kimura – Pianist
            422. Tim Wallace-Murphy – Author
            423. Raymond Beggan – Photographer, musician
            424. Pat Boran – Poet
            425. Michael Budd – Blacksmith and sculptor
            426. Bernard Clarke – Radiophonic artist
            427. Don Lydon – Musician
            428. Nicki Griffin – Writer
            429. Raymond Keane – Actor, writer, director
            430. Desmond Traynor – Writer, musician
            431. Van Poynton – Filmmaker
            432. Liam Cagney – Writer
            433. Elder Roche – Musician
            434. Cormac O’Leary – Visual artist
            435. Brian Hogan – Ceoltóir (Kíla)
            436. Colm Ó Snodaigh – Ceoltóir (Kíla)
            437. Tim Fleming – Cinematographe
            438. Gregory Daly – Musician
            439. Darragh Graham – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            440. Darragh Griffin – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            441. Dan Murphy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            442. Barry Murphy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            443. Dermot Sheedy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            444. Ollie Plunkett – Musician (The Lost Messiahs)
            445. Ian Wilson – Composer
            446. Seán Hillen – Artist
            447. Wissam Abdel Samad – Photographer
            448. Mary Ryan – Actor, singer
            449. Krystyna Rawicz – Poet, artist
            450. Sueanne Moore – Artist
            451. Cian Finn – Singer/Songwriter
            452. Lorraine O’Brien – Musician
            453. Andrew Glenn – Artist
            454. Medbh Gillard – Artist
            455. Ciarán MacUilliam – Musician (Primordial)
            456. Michael O Floinn – Musician (Primordial)
            457. Simon O’Laoghaire – Musician (Primordial)
            458. Philip McFadden – Sculptor & artist
            459. Patrick Bradley – Painter & sculptor
            460. Audrey Doherty – Milliner and Raqs Sharqi artist (Eastern Dance
            461. Joe O’Byrne – Writer/director
            462. Sarah Hayden – Writer
            463. Daithi Brophy – Painter
            464. Mary Kelly – Visual artist
            465. Ronan Tully – Theatre artist
            466. Vincent Wood – Composer and musician
            467. Niall Vallely – Musician
            468. Karan Casey – Singer
            469. Dan Acheson – Musician (The Wood Burning Savages)
            470. Wally Cassidy – Photographer
            471. Fatin Al-Tamimi – Photographer
            472. Deirdre Mackel – Artist
            473. June Butler – Artist
            474. Paul Walls – Artist
            475. Carl Taylor – Artist
            476. Colm Keegan – Writer, poet
            477. Kathleen McCreery – Writer, actor, director
            478. Colin Stanley – Musician (Big Bag of Tricks / Queen Elvis)
            479. Johanne Webb – Actor, director
            480. Siobhán Peoples – Musician
            481. Paul Brady – Singer/songwriter
            482. Breandán Clarke – Visual artist
            483. Colin Darke – Visual artist
            484. Brian Brannigan – Singer/songwriter (A Lazarus Soul)
            485. Mary Coughlan – Singer
            486. Áilbhe Hines – Performance artist / Community arts activist
            487. John Dorman – Architect, artist
            488. Aodán McCardle – Poet / Performance artist
            489. Jenny Bassett – Drama and movement practitioner
            490. Jim Roche – Architect
            491. Micilín Mac An Rí – Musician (The Blaggards)
            492. Jesse Jones – Visual artist
            493. Elizabeth Clyne – Architect
            494. Fergal Gaynor – Writer
            495. Tom O’Dea – Artist
            496. Mark Price – Architect
            497. Peter Clyne – Filmmaker
            498. Conor O’Reilly – Composer & musician
            499. Roisín O’Donnell – Writer
            500. Mary Byrne – Architect
            501. Wissame Cherfi – Filmmaker
            502. Jackie McKenna – Sculptor
            503. Cora Venus Lunny – Musician
            504. David G. Buckley – Singer/Songwriter
            505. Martin Tourish – Musician/ Composer
            506. Ali Morrison – Musician
            507. Sokol Koka – Musician
            508. Declan McHale – Irish dancer
            509. Édaín Ní Dhomhnaill – Visual artist
            510. Sorcha Fox – Actor
            511. Ben Williams (Mark Benjamin Williams) – Musician
            512. Duncan Patterson – 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

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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