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 556) Irish creative and performing artists, whereby they undertake to boycott the Israeli state under present circumstances:

“In response to the call from Palestinian civil society for a cultural boycott of Israel, we pledge not to avail of any invitation to perform or exhibit in Israel, nor to accept any funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.” – See the full list of signatories here.

***If you 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
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(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 (556)
Last Updated – 20th September 2017

            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 – († April 2017) 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. Brian Hogan – Ceoltóir (Kíla)
            128. Colm 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 († November 2014) – 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] († March 2017) – 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. Darragh Jáuregui-Hogan – Composer and musician
            266. Jim McKee – Artist, singer and songwriter
            267. Pa Curran – Singer/Songwriter
            268. Katie O’Kelly – Actor and playwright
            269. Keith O’Brien – Composer
            270. Benjamin Dwyer – Composer and guitarist
            271. Bernadette Hopkins – Artist
            272. Mary Costello – Writer
            273. Kimberly Campanello – Poet
            274. Vincent Doherty – Traditional singer and musician
            275. Jane Jermyn – Ceramic artist
            276. Karl Parkinson – Writer/Poet
            277. Colin Dunne – Dancer
            278. Anthony Jackson – Hip-Hop Artist
            279. Sebastian Clare – Writer and Voice Artist
            280. Kathryn Maguire – Artist
            281. Brian Kavanagh – Artist
            282. Mollie Barrow – Artist
            283. Liosa Ni Chiarain – Artist, Tatooist, Singer/Songwriter
            284. Tom J. Byrne – Artist
            285. Sue Cosgrave – Author and poet
            286. Philip Fogarty – Musician
            287. Anna Lardi – Musician
            288. John Nee (aka Little John Nee) – Writer/Performer
            289. Philip Casey – Poet, Novelist
            290. Edel Meade – Musician
            291. Honor Heffernan – Singer/Musician
            292. Edward Boyne – Poet
            293. Jürgen Simpson – Composer
            294. Jackie Askew – Visual artist
            295. Richard Geraghty – Filmmaker, photographer, musician
            296. Maeve McCarthy – Visual artist
            297. Katherine Duffy – Poet
            298. Harry Bradley – Traditional musician
            299.  Peter Cummins – Musician (The Fleadh Cowboys)
            300. Sile Denvir – Musician
            301. Tiarnan O Duinnchinn – Traditional musician
            302. Siobhán Peoples – Traditional musician
            303. Katie Theasby – Singer
            304. Fiona O’Dwyer – Visual artist
            305. Fiona Kelleher – Musician
            306. Paul Bradley – Fiddle player
            307. John Carty – Musician
            308. Eimer Casey – Musician
            309. Ger Costelloe – Singer/Songwriter
            310. Kate Thompson – Author
            311. Leonard Barry – Musician
            312. Mick Blake – Singer/songwriter
            313. Liam P. Bradley – Musician
            314. Paddy Kerr – Musician
            315. Donogh Hennessy – Composer and performer
            316. Paula Leyden – Author
            317. Conor Caldwell – Musician
            318. Philip Crickard – Musician
            319. Noirin Lynch – Singer
            320. Ger Ryan – Actor
            321. Roisin Broderick – Musician
            322. Thierry Masure – Fiddle player
            323. Tara Baoth Mooney – Singer and musician
            324. Clodagh Downing – Actor
            325. Celine Kiernan – Author
            326. Melissa Joan Diem – Poet, writer and visual artist
            327. Denyse Woods – Novelist
            328. Colm Mac Con Iomaire – Ceoltóir / Musician
            329. Fionnbharr Ó Súilleabháin – Fine art photographer
            330. Eleanor Methven – Actor
            331. Eoghan McGrath – Visual artist
            332. Ian Lynch – Singer/musician (Lynched)
            333. Mael Coll Rua – Poet
            334. Guiseppe Torre – Digital artist
            335. Kinbria / Sorrellium – Musician, Recording artist, poet
            336. Paul Larkin – Film-maker and author
            337. Una Keane – Musician
            338. Kevin Liddy – Writer, director
            339. Mary Murphy – Author, illustrator
            340. Bairbre Flood – Musician (Yearning Curve)
            341. Lawrence O’Donnell – Musician (Yearning Curve)
            342. Laura Ann Brady – Musician
            343. Amanda Feery – Composer
            344. Jose Miguel Jimenez – Actor and theatre director
            345. Niamh McCann – Actor
            346. Rory Pierce – Composer, cellist
            347. Will Irvine – Actor
            348. Gina Moxley – Actor/writer/director
            349. Joanna Thompson – Artist
            350. Alan Holly – Animation filmmaker
            351. Jim Maginn – Photographer
            352. Steve O’Sullivan (AKA Evil Uncle) – Musician
            353. Tob Swift – Musician
            354. Ella Clarke – Dance artist
            355. Gary Lawlor – Musician (The Druids)
            356. Mick Dunne – Musician (The Druids)
            357. Mick O’Brien – Musician (The Druids)
            358. Paddy Mangan – Musician (The Druids)
            359. Noni Stapleton – Actor
            360. Dahí Jim – Singer/writer
            361. Dee Roycroft – Writer, actor
            362. Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin – Musician
            363. Mary Barnecutt – Musician/writer
            364. Paul Murnaghan – Visual artist
            365. Oonagh Kearney – Filmmaker and writer
            366. Rossa Mullin – Filmmaker
            367. Grace Weir – Visual Artist
            368. Joe Walker – Visual Artist
            369. Pat Walker – Visual Artist
            370. Tamara Him – Photographer
            371. Thomas Mallon – Musician (Astralnaut)
            372. Seoidin O’Sullivan – Artist
            373. Jessica Traynor – Poet
            374. Paul McCloskey – Visual artist
            375. Mel Healy – Novelist
            376. Brian Cross – Photographer/Film-maker
            377. Margo Harkin – Filmmaker
            378. Steve Wall – Musician
            379. Kevin Curran – Author
            380. Adrienne Geoghegan – visual artist/writer
            381. Sean O’Reilly – Writer
            382. Anamaria Crowe Serrano – Poet
            383. Doireann Ní Ghríofa – Poet/File
            384. Séighean Ó Draoi – Sculptor
            385. Patricio Casssinoni – Artist and photographer
            386. Afric McGlinchey – Poet
            387. Dave Fleming – Musician
            388. John Conneely – Musician
            389. Jessamine O’Connor – Poet
            390. Petr Pandula – Musician
            391. Lia Mills – Writer
            392. Ceara Conway – Visual artist
            393. Steve Hanks – Musician
            394. Christodoulos Makris – Poet
            395. Derbhle Crotty – Actor
            396. Margo Carr – Actor, comedian
            397. John Joyce – Musician
            398. Kathleen Joyce – Musician
            399. Aindrias Stack – Actor, musician, storyteller
            400. Robin Parmar – Sound artist and poet
            401. Carmel McCreagh – Singer/Writer
            402. Seamas Mac Annaidh – Scribhneoir (Writer)
            403. Allen Kiely – Photographer
            404. Cathal Synnott – Musician
            405. Ronit Lentin – Novelist
            406. Adrian Kenny – Writer
            407. Lou McMahon – Singer/Songwriter
            408. Aoife Scott – Singer
            409. Frances Black – Singer
            410. David Carmody – Musician
            411. Vanessa Gildea – Filmmaker
            412. Barbara O’Meara – Visual artist
            413. Daniel Doyle – Sculptor
            414. Pat Nolan – Actor
            415. Rory Tangney – Artist
            416. Mark O’Halloran – Actor
            417. John Buckley – Visual artist
            418. Gari Deegan – Singer/songwriter
            419. Izumi Kimura – Pianist
            420. Tim Wallace-Murphy – Author
            421. Raymond Beggan – Photographer, musician
            422. Pat Boran – Poet
            423. Michael Budd – Blacksmith and sculptor
            424. Bernard Clarke – Radiophonic artist
            425. Don Lydon – Musician
            426. Nicki Griffin – Writer
            427. Raymond Keane – Actor, writer, director
            428. Desmond Traynor – Writer, musician
            429. Van Poynton – Filmmaker
            430. Liam Cagney – Writer
            431. Elder Roche – Musician
            432. Cormac O’Leary – Visual artist
            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
            547. Carolyn Goodwin – Musician
            548. Cormac Breatnach – Musician
            549. Ciarán O’Rourke – Poet
            550. Brian Fleming – Musician
            551. Brendan Dorris – Dancer
            552. Andy Cummins – Theatre Producer
            553. Cahal McLaughlin – Documentary filmmaker
            554. Edward Kennedy – Filmmaker and poet
            555. Danny McGreevy – Musician
            556. Ríonach Ní Néill – Dance artist

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