Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

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 546) 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 (546)
Last Updated – 22nd July 2016

            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. Cecily Brennan – Artist
            11. Ronan Browne – Musician
            12. Conor Byrne – Musician
            13. Roisin Byrne – Visual artist
            14. Séamas Cain – Poet, performance artist
            15. Moya Cannon – Poet
            16. Liam Carson – Scríbhneoir
            17. Clare Cashman – Visual artist
            18. Rhona Clarke – Composer
            19. Siobhán Cleary – Composer
            20. Mickey Coleman – Singer/songwriter
            21. Joe Comerford – Filmmaker
            22. Michael Connerty – Musician (Moutpiece)
            23. Neilí Conroy – Actor
            24. Dorothy Cross – Sculptor
            25. Charles Cullen – Visual artist
            26. Michael Cullen – Painter
            27. Cindy Cummings – Dance artist
            28. Sinéad Cusack – Actor
            29. Margaretta Darcy – Author and playwright
            30. John F. Deane – Writer
            31. Raymond Deane – Composer
            32. Seamus Deane – Author
            33. Renate DeBrun – Painter and printmaker
            34. Damien Dempsey – Singer
            35. Tim Dennehy – Singer/songwriter
            36. Keith Donald – Musician
            37. Philip Donnery – Musician
            38. Gráinne Dowling – Visual artist
            39. Kevin Doyle – Writer
            40. Robert Doyle – Musician
            41. Roger Doyle – Composer
            42. Felim Egan – Visual artist
            43. Martin A. Egan († November 2015) – Musician
            44. Naisrín Elsafty – Singer
            45. Róisín Elsafty – Singer
            46. Zahrah Elsafty – Singer
            47. Elaine Feeney – Poet
            48. Stephen Gardner – Composer
            49. Anthony Glavin – Novelist and short story writer
            50. Dearbhla Glynn – Filmmaker
            51. Johnny Gogan – Filmmaker
            52. Carmel Gunning – Musician
            53. Marie Hanlon – Visual artist
            54. Robbie Harris – Musician
            55. Paul Hayes – Composer
            56. Graham Henderson – Musician
            57. Donogh Hennessy – Musician
            58. Rita Ann Higgins – Poet
            59. Michael Holohan – Composer
            60. Andy Irvine – Musician
            61. Ryan Johnson – Musician
            62. Fergus Johnston – Composer
            63. Fred Johnston – Poet
            64. Trevor Joyce – Poet
            65. Bernadette Kiely – Painter
            66. Brian King – Sculptor
            67. Vincent Kennedy – Composer
            68. Trevor Knight – Music/theatre
            69. Conor Kostick – Novelist
            70. Gavin Kostick – Playwright
            71. Dave Lordan – Poet
            72. Donal Lunny –Musician
            73. Pól MacAdaim – Singer/songwriter
            74. Iarla Mac Aodha Bhuí – Scríbhneoir
            75. Mickey MacConnell – Singer/songwriter
            76. Tony Mac Mahon – Musician
            77. Lorcán Mac Mathúna – Singer
            78. Alice Maher – Visual Artist
            79. Brenda Malloy – Musician
            80. Jimmy McCarthy – Singer/songwriter
            81. Martin McElhinney – Musician (Coldwar)
            82. Paul Nash – Musician (Coldwar)
            83. Trevor McLave – (Coldwar)
            84. Joe McGowan – Author
            85. Jackie McKenna – Sculptor
            86. John McLachlan – Composer
            87. Joleen McLaughlin – Musician (Henry Sisters)
            88. Karen McLaughlin – Musician (Henry Sisters)
            89. Lorna McLaughlin – Musician (Henry Sisters)
            90. Tina Mc Laughlin- Singer/songwriter
            91. Eoin McLochlainn – Visual artist
            92. John McSherry – Musician
            93. Paula Meehan – Poet
            94. Thom Moore – Songwriter, writer/translator
            95. Sharon (Shaz) Morgan – Musician, photographer
            96. Sami Moukkadem – Musician, film-maker, writer
            97. Hassan Ould Muctar – Musician
            98. Conor Mullan – Musician
            99. Janet Mullarney – Visual artist
            100. Gráinne Mulvey – Composer
            101. Deirdre Murphy – Dancer
            102. Niamh Ní Charra – Musician
            103. Peadar Ó Ceannabháin – Singer
            104. Saileog Ní Cheannabháin – Musician
            105. Treasa Ní Cheannabháin – Singer
            106. Áine Ní Chuaig – Musician
            107. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh – Musician/singer
            108. Liam Noonan – Musician (Digital Disorder)
            109. Dave Murphy – Musician (Digital Disorder)
            110. Keith McGovern – Musician (Digital Disorder)
            111. Ken Deasy – Musician (Digital Disorder)
            112. Pádraig Ó Baoill – Scríbhneoir
            113. Niall Ó Callanáin – Musician
            114. Eamonn O’Doherty († August 2011) – Architect, sculptor
            115. Méabh O Hare – Musician/filmmaker
            116. Jane O’Leary – Composer
            117. Brian Ó hUiginn – Musician
            118. Donal O’Kelly – Playwright/actor
            119. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh – Ceoltóir
            120. Seosamh O Neachtain – Dancer
            121. Eoin O’Neill – Musician
            122. Jerry O’Reilly – Singer
            123. Peadar Ó Riada – Ceoltóir
            124. Gregory Rosenstock – Writer
            125. Pauline Scanlon – Singer
            126. Rossa Ó Snodaigh – Ceoltóir (Kíla)
            127. Paul O’Toole – Singer/songwriter
            128. Michael Quane – Sculptor
            129. Bob Quinn – Visual artist/filmmaker
            130. Jim Ricks – Visual artist
            131. Stephen Rothschild – Painter/printmaker
            132. Mary Russell – Author
            133. Dermot Seymour – Painter
            134. John W. Sexton – Poet
            135. Eileen Sheehan – Poet
            136. Ronan Sheehan – Novelist
            137. Michael Smith († November 2014) – Poet and translator
            138. Moira Tierney – Film-maker
            139. Hugh Travers – Writer
            140. Caoimhín Vallely – Ceoltóir
            141. Laura Vecchi – Painter/writer
            142. John Wakeman – Poet
            143. Hilary Wakeman – Author
            144. Hazel Walker – Visual artist
            145. William Wall – Author
            146. Ronan Wilmot – Actor/director
            147. Steve Woods – Film-maker
            148. Adam Wyeth – Poet
            149. Luke Mercer – Musician (Oddsocks Revival)
            150. Adrian White – Writer
            151. Tom Fitzgerald – Visual artist
            152. Clara Rose – Musician
            153. Conor McGrady – Visual artist
            154. Dermot McLaughlin – Musician
            155. Michael Owens – Singer/songwriter
            156. Anthony Fox – Actor, writer
            157. Conor Grimes – Writer, actor
            158. Stuart Nealon – Poet
            159. Darach Ó Scolaí – Writer
            160. Cahal Johnson – Musician
            161. Michael Gallagher – Photographer
            162. Kevin Spratt (aka Captain Moonlight) – Musician
            163. Cara Dillon – Musician
            164. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh – Ceoltóir
            165. Fiach (Moriarty) – Singer/songwriter
            166. Loreana Rush – Photographer
            167. Alice Hanratty – Painter
            168. Barry McGovern – Actor
            169. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill – Poet
            170. Lillis Ó Laoire – Musician
            171. Stephen Rea – Actor
            172. Liam Ó Maonlaí – Musician
            173. Ellen Cranitch – Musician
            174. Sharon Shannon – Musician
            175. Seamus Cashman – Poet
            176. Julius Guzy – Painter
            177. Dermot Browne – Painter
            178. Denise Cassidy – Painter
            179. Kevin Crawford – Musician
            180. Gráinne Holland  – Musician (Casadh)
            181. Frainc Mac Cionnaith – Musician (Casadh)
            182. Nioclás Mac Cathmhaoil  – Musician (Casadh)
            183. Barry Kerr – Artist and musician
            184. John Steele – Musician
            185. Conor Biggs – Musician
            186. Robbi McMillen – Singer
            187. Alan O Connor – Photographer
            188. Sarah Clancy – Poet
            189. Maria McManus – Poet and playwright
            190. Tiona McSherry – Musician
            191. Paul McSherry – Musician
            192. Daragh Carville – Playwright and screenwriter
            193. Harry Moore – Artist
            194. Dylan Walshe – Singer/songwriter
            195. Melissa Nolan – Actor
            196. Anthony Kane (aka The Lonely Schizophrenic) – Musician
            197. John Ryan – Author
            198. Dermot Kelly – Photographer
            199. Ciaran Dwyer – Singer/songwriter
            200. Tommy Halferty – Musician
            201. Finian Cunninghman – Singer/songwriter
            202. Eamon Murray – Musician
            203. Rynagh O’Grady – Actor
            204. Padraig Murray – Actor
            205. Michal Leman-Lemanski – Theatre producer/cultural project manager
            206. Sara Horgan – Visual artist
            207. Pat ‘deVerse’ Burke – Traditional Singer/Songwriter
            208. Denise Woods – Director of photography
            209. Paul Flynn – Composer
            210. Glenda Cimino – Writer, actor, director
            211. Shane Cullen – Visual artist
            212. Jaki McCarrick – Writer
            213. Tim Ording  – Singer/songwriter (Melodica Deathship)
            214. Roisin Ni Galloglaigh – Musician
            215. Kevin McCarthy – Visual artist
            216. Joby Fox – Songwriter
            217. Rik Walton – Photographer
            218. Connor Kelly – Poet/musician
            219. Katrin Neue – Dancer and choreographer
            220. Pamela Brown – Poet
            221. Paul Kirby – Visual artist
            222. Barry Hamilton – Filmmaker and director
            223. Luke Fallon – Cartoonist
            224. Ciaran Murphy – Singer/songwriter
            225. Seán Harrington – Architect
            226. Cormac O’Neill – Visual artist
            227. Eamonn Crudden – Filmmaker
            228. Fares Fares – Visual artist/photographer
            229. Brian Dunning – Musician
            230. Paul C. Reynolds – Photographer
            231. Andrew Edgar (aka Zyme) – Musician (Gamepak)
            232. Tim Daly – Lyricist
            233. Gerry Fitzgerald – Musician (The Lee Harveys)
            234. Stephen Cashell – Musician (The Lee Harveys)
            235. Paul O Brien – Musician (The Lee Harveys)
            236. Alice Walsh – Writer
            237. Daniel Lynch (aka Danny Diatribe) – MC (Diatribe & The Crimson Underground)
            238. Garvan McCann (aka The Crimson Underground) – Producer (Diatribe & The Crimson Underground)
            239. Mick Hannigan – IndieCork Film Festival
            240. Arezu Tabarsi (aka Top-Notch) – MC
            241. Mikael Fernström – Multi-media artist
            242. Des Donnelly (aka Drax) – Poet
            243. Seamus Doyle – Musician
            244. Shane O’Shea (aka Naphta) – DJ/Producer
            245. Diarmuid Slattery (aka Diarmo) – DJ/Producer/Musician
            246. Graham Montgomery – Musician
            247. Daragh McCarthy – Filmmaker
            248. Kevin Barrington – Poet
            249. Joe McGill – Painter, sculptor and poet
            250. Robbie Perry – Musician
            251. Hugh McFadden – Poet, literary critic and editor
            252. Catherine Ann Cullen – Poet
            253. Martin Naarendorp (aka Ras Tinny) – Deejay
            254. Leon Guilfoyle – Musician (Lluther)
            255. Hytham Martin – Musician (Lluther & Eyesclosed)
            256. Eoghan O’Neill [1] († March 2017) – Sculptor
            257. Eoghan O’Neill [2] – Musician (Early House)
            258. Kevin Rowsome – Musician
            259. Khaled Ajamia – Filmmaker
            260. Rónan Guilfoyle – Jazz musician/Composer
            261. Dylan Tighe – Musician, theatre director and writer
            262. Seán Murray – Filmmaker
            263. Darragh Jáuregui-Hogan – Composer and musician
            264. Jim McKee – Artist, singer and songwriter
            265. Pa Curran – Singer/Songwriter
            266. Katie O’Kelly – Actor and playwright
            267. Keith O’Brien – Composer
            268. Benjamin Dwyer – Composer and guitarist
            269. Bernadette Hopkins – Artist
            270. Mary Costello – Writer
            271. Kimberly Campanello – Poet
            272. Vincent Doherty – Traditional singer and musician
            273. Jane Jermyn – Ceramic artist
            274. Karl Parkinson – Writer/Poet
            275. Colin Dunne – Dancer
            276. Anthony Jackson – Hip-Hop Artist
            277. Sebastian Clare – Writer and Voice Artist
            278. Kathryn Maguire – Artist
            279. Brian Kavanagh – Artist
            280. Mollie Barrow – Artist
            281. Liosa Ni Chiarain – Artist, Tatooist, Singer/Songwriter
            282. Tom J. Byrne – Artist
            283. Sue Cosgrave – Author and poet
            284. Philip Fogarty – Musician
            285. Anna Lardi – Musician
            286. John Nee (aka Little John Nee) – Writer/Performer
            287. Philip Casey – Poet, Novelist
            288. Edel Meade – Musician
            289. Honor Heffernan – Singer/Musician
            290. Edward Boyne – Poet
            291. Jürgen Simpson – Composer
            292. Jackie Askew – Visual artist
            293. Richard Geraghty – Filmmaker, photographer, musician
            294. Maeve McCarthy – Visual artist
            295. Katherine Duffy – Poet
            296. Harry Bradley – Traditional musician
            297.  Peter Cummins – Musician (The Fleadh Cowboys)
            298. Sile Denvir – Musician
            299. Tiarnan O Duinnchinn – Traditional musician
            300. Siobhán Peoples – Traditional musician
            301. Katie Theasby – Singer
            302. Fiona O’Dwyer – Visual artist
            303. Fiona Kelleher – Musician
            304. Paul Bradley – Fiddle player
            305. John Carty – Musician
            306. Eimer Casey – Musician
            307. Ger Costelloe – Singer/Songwriter
            308. Kate Thompson – Author
            309. Leonard Barry – Musician
            310. Mick Blake – Singer/songwriter
            311. Liam P. Bradley – Musician
            312. Paddy Kerr – Musician
            313. Donogh Hennessy – Composer and performer
            314. Paula Leyden – Author
            315. Conor Caldwell – Musician
            316. Philip Crickard – Musician
            317. Noirin Lynch – Singer
            318. Ger Ryan – Actor
            319. Roisin Broderick – Musician
            320. Thierry Masure – Fiddle player
            321. Tara Baoth Mooney – Singer and musician
            322. Clodagh Downing – Actor
            323. Celine Kiernan – Author
            324. Melissa Joan Diem – Poet, writer and visual artist
            325. Denyse Woods – Novelist
            326. Colm Mac Con Iomaire – Ceoltóir / Musician
            327. Fionnbharr Ó Súilleabháin – Fine art photographer
            328. Eleanor Methven – Actor
            329. Eoghan McGrath – Visual artist
            330. Ian Lynch – Singer/musician (Lynched)
            331. Mael Coll Rua – Poet
            332. Guiseppe Torre – Digital artist
            333. Kinbria / Sorrellium – Musician, Recording artist, poet
            334. Paul Larkin – Film-maker and author
            335. Una Keane – Musician
            336. Kevin Liddy – Writer, director
            337. Mary Murphy – Author, illustrator
            338. Bairbre Flood – Musician (Yearning Curve)
            339. Lawrence O’Donnell – Musician (Yearning Curve)
            340. Laura Ann Brady – Musician
            341. Amanda Feery – Composer
            342. Jose Miguel Jimenez – Actor and theatre director
            343. Niamh McCann – Actor
            344. Rory Pierce – Composer, cellist
            345. Will Irvine – Actor
            346. Gina Moxley – Actor/writer/director
            347. Joanna Thompson – Artist
            348. Alan Holly – Animation filmmaker
            349. Jim Maginn – Photographer
            350. Steve O’Sullivan (AKA Evil Uncle) – Musician
            351. Tob Swift – Musician
            352. Ella Clarke – Dance artist
            353. Gary Lawlor – Musician (The Druids)
            354. Mick Dunne – Musician (The Druids)
            355. Mick O’Brien – Musician (The Druids)
            356. Paddy Mangan – Musician (The Druids)
            357. Noni Stapleton – Actor
            358. Dahí Jim – Singer/writer
            359. Dee Roycroft – Writer, actor
            360. Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin – Musician
            361. Mary Barnecutt – Musician/writer
            362. Paul Murnaghan – Visual artist
            363. Oonagh Kearney – Filmmaker and writer
            364. Rossa Mullin – Filmmaker
            365. Grace Weir – Visual Artist
            366. Joe Walker – Visual Artist
            367. Pat Walker – Visual Artist
            368. Tamara Him – Photographer
            369. Thomas Mallon – Musician (Astralnaut)
            370. Seoidin O’Sullivan – Artist
            371. Jessica Traynor – Poet
            372. Paul McCloskey – Visual artist
            373. Mel Healy – Novelist
            374. Brian Cross – Photographer/Film-maker
            375. Margo Harkin – Filmmaker
            376. Steve Wall – Musician
            377. Kevin Curran – Author
            378. Adrienne Geoghegan – visual artist/writer
            379. Sean O’Reilly – Writer
            380. Anamaria Crowe Serrano – Poet
            381. Doireann Ní Ghríofa – Poet/File
            382. Séighean Ó Draoi – Sculptor
            383. Patricio Casssinoni – Artist and photographer
            384. Afric McGlinchey – Poet
            385. Dave Fleming – Musician
            386. John Conneely – Musician
            387. Jessamine O’Connor – Poet
            388. Petr Pandula – Musician
            389. Lia Mills – Writer
            390. Ceara Conway – Visual artist
            391. Steve Hanks – Musician
            392. Christodoulos Makris – Poet
            393. Derbhle Crotty – Actor
            394. Margo Carr – Actor, comedian
            395. John Joyce – Musician
            396. Kathleen Joyce – Musician
            397. Aindrias Stack – Actor, musician, storyteller
            398. Robin Parmar – Sound artist and poet
            399. Carmel McCreagh – Singer/Writer
            400. Seamas Mac Annaidh – Scribhneoir (Writer)
            401. Allen Kiely – Photographer
            402. Cathal Synnott – Musician
            403. Ronit Lentin – Novelist
            404. Adrian Kenny – Writer
            405. Lou McMahon – Singer/Songwriter
            406. Aoife Scott – Singer
            407. Frances Black – Singer
            408. David Carmody – Musician
            409. Vanessa Gildea – Filmmaker
            410. Barbara O’Meara – Visual artist
            411. Daniel Doyle – Sculptor
            412. Pat Nolan – Actor
            413. Rory Tangney – Artist
            414. Mark O’Halloran – Actor
            415. John Buckley – Visual artist
            416. Gari Deegan – Singer/songwriter
            417. Izumi Kimura – Pianist
            418. Tim Wallace-Murphy – Author
            419. Raymond Beggan – Photographer, musician
            420. Pat Boran – Poet
            421. Michael Budd – Blacksmith and sculptor
            422. Bernard Clarke – Radiophonic artist
            423. Don Lydon – Musician
            424. Nicki Griffin – Writer
            425. Raymond Keane – Actor, writer, director
            426. Desmond Traynor – Writer, musician
            427. Van Poynton – Filmmaker
            428. Liam Cagney – Writer
            429. Elder Roche – Musician
            430. Cormac O’Leary – Visual artist
            431. Brian Hogan – Ceoltóir (Kíla)
            432. Colm Ó Snodaigh – Ceoltóir (Kíla)
            433. Tim Fleming – Cinematographe
            434. Gregory Daly – Musician
            435. Darragh Graham – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            436. Darragh Griffin – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            437. Dan Murphy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            438. Barry Murphy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            439. Dermot Sheedy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            440. Ollie Plunkett – Musician (The Lost Messiahs)
            441. Ian Wilson – Composer
            442. Seán Hillen – Artist
            443. Wissam Abdel Samad – Photographer
            444. Mary Ryan – Actor, singer
            445. Krystyna Rawicz – Poet, artist
            446. Sueanne Moore – Artist
            447. Cian Finn – Singer/Songwriter
            448. Lorraine O’Brien – Musician
            449. Andrew Glenn – Artist
            450. Medbh Gillard – Artist
            451. Ciarán MacUilliam – Musician (Primordial)
            452. Michael O Floinn – Musician (Primordial)
            453. Simon O’Laoghaire – Musician (Primordial)
            454. Philip McFadden – Sculptor & artist
            455. Patrick Bradley – Painter & sculptor
            456. Audrey Doherty – Milliner and Raqs Sharqi artist (Eastern Dance)
            457. Joe O’Byrne – Writer/director
            458. Sarah Hayden – Writer
            459. Daithi Brophy – Painter
            460. Mary Kelly – Visual artist
            461. Ronan Tully – Theatre artist
            462. Vincent Wood – Composer and musician
            463. Niall Vallely – Musician
            464. Karan Casey – Singer
            465. Dan Acheson – Musician (The Wood Burning Savages)
            466. Wally Cassidy – Photographer
            467. Fatin Al-Tamimi – Photographer
            468. Deirdre Mackel – Artist
            469. June Butler – Artist
            470. Paul Walls – Artist
            471. Carl Taylor – Artist
            472. Colm Keegan – Writer, poet
            473. Kathleen McCreery – Writer, actor, director
            474. Colin Stanley – Musician (Big Bag of Tricks / Queen Elvis)
            475. Johanne Webb – Actor, director
            476. Siobhán Peoples – Musician
            477. Paul Brady – Singer/songwriter
            478. Breandán Clarke – Visual artist
            479. Colin Darke – Visual artist
            480. Brian Brannigan – Singer/songwriter (A Lazarus Soul)
            481. Mary Coughlan – Singer
            482. Áilbhe Hines – Performance artist / Community arts activist
            483. John Dorman – Architect, artist
            484. Aodán McCardle – Poet / performance artist
            485. Jenny Bassett – Drama and movement practitioner
            486. Jim Roche – Architect
            487. Micilín Mac An Rí – Musician (The Blaggards)
            488. Jesse Jones – Visual artist
            489. Elizabeth Clyne – Architect
            490. Fergal Gaynor – Writer
            491. Tom O’Dea – Artist
            492. Mark Price – Architect
            493. Peter Clyne – Filmmaker
            494. Conor O’Reilly – Composer & musician
            495. Roisín O’Donnell – Writer
            496. Mary Byrne – Architect
            497. Wissame Cherfi – Filmmaker
            498. Jackie McKenna – Sculptor
            499. Cora Venus Lunny – Musician
            500. David G. Buckley – Singer/songwriter
            501. Martin Tourish – Musician/ Composer
            502. Ali Morrison – Musician
            503. Sokol Koka – Musician
            504. Declan McHale – Irish dancer
            505. Édaín Ní Dhomhnaill – Visual artist
            506. Sorcha Fox – Actor
            507. Ben Williams (Mark Benjamin Williams) – Musician
            508. Duncan Patterson – Musician
            509. Ray Murphy – Visual artist
            510. Fiachra Trench – Composer
            511. Caroline Kuyper – Craft artist
            512. Kirsti Kotilainen – Visual artist
            513. Hans-Christian Oeser – Literary Translator
            514. John Ennis – Poet
            515. Peter Duffy – Performer / actor / director / choreographer
            516. Brenda Carroll – Visual artist
            517. Hannah Khalil – Writer
            518. Rosaleen Tanham – Visual artist
            519. Rachael Hegarty – Poet / writer
            520. Joseph Kelly – Visual artist
            521. Paul Murray – Writer
            522. Ronan Tynan – Filmmaker
            523. William Leo Coakley – Poet
            524. Katharine May – Visual artist
            525. David Gepp – Photographer
            526. Mollie Barrow – Glass Artist
            527. John Brady – Graphic Artist
            528. Jenni Ledwell – Actor
            529. Niamh De Barra – Musician
            530. David Lloyd – Poet
            531. Stephen Murphy – Poet
            532. Dave Kinane – Artist
            533. Sean Taylor – Artist
            534. Eric Burke – Musician (Ainriail)
            535. Tommy Foster – Musician (Ainriail)
            536. John Spillane – Musician and songwriter
            537. Maeve Kelly  – Musician
            538. Sadhbh O’Sullivan (AKA Sive) – Singer-songwriter and musician
            539. Brian Healy – Musician (The Jollars)
            540. Bob Kavanagh – Musician (The Jollars)
            541. Nora Lewon – Musician (The Jollars)
            542. Mike Murphy – Broadcaster
            543. Barry Murphy – Comedian
            544. Eileen Myles – Poet
            545. John Connors – Actor  and filmmaker
            546. Gene Barry – Poet

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