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Academic Boycott

The Palestine Podcast #14: Academics for Palestine discussion on ‘Academic Voices From Palestine: Education Under Occupation’

The Palestine Podcast showcases a selection of lectures, talks and interviews featuring leading experts and social justice activists active on the Palestine-Israel issue. Brought to you by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Click here to view all podcasts. ===== PP#14 – Academics for Palestine discussion on ‘Academic Voices From Palestine: Education Under Occupation’ [2015-10-14] – (Download here) INFO: Education in Palestine has been under systematic attack by the Israeli occupation. This talk – held on Wednesday 14th October 2015 in the JM Synge Theatre in Trinity College Dublin – introduced the voices and experiences of Palestinian academics from Gaza. It was … Continue reading

Press watchdog vindicates BDS movement over “factually inaccurate” Indo piece

A vindication for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), and particularly the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as the Press Ombudsman rules that a hatchet job piece by the Irish Independent‘s Ian O’Doherty was “factually inaccurate” in relation to two slurs on the movement. The complaint was made to the Ombudsman’s office by journalism lecturer Harry Browne, who is also a founder member of Academics for Palestine, a group of scholars that advocates an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. In a column on 24th June, Mr. O’Doherty  described the BDS movement as being “loud and shrill in their calls … Continue reading

Watch: Campaign to end the Irish arms trade with Israel launched in Dublin

A campaign calling for an end to the Irish arms trade with Israel was officially launched by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) at a press conference on Wednesday 1st April. Below you can watch the video from the launch, and read the full report (you can also download this report as a PDF by clicking here) The campaign, which is supported by many public figures and civil society groups, is calling on the Irish government to place an immediate arms embargo upon the state of Israel. The campaign website address is http://www.ipsc.ie/noarmstrade – and includes several simple actions people can … Continue reading

8 things you may have missed this week in Palestine

Irish media continues to frequently ignore important stories emerging from Palestine-Israel, stories that are vital to context setting and framing during those times when the issue actually does hit international headlines. By ignoring such stories, which expose the true nature of Palestinian life under military occupation and apartheid, the media can only be considered to be complicit via their silence. Therefore the IPSC continues with our new weekly round up of the most important stories that you may have missed if your only source of information is the Irish mainstream media. #1. Israel pressures UN to remove it from a … Continue reading

University Meetings with Dr. Ghada Karmi and Prof. Ilan Pappe on Nov 12 & 13

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking our members and supporters to try to attend at least one of the below meetings organised on university campuses around Dublin this week organised by Academics for Palestine with guest speakers Palestinian writer and academic Dr. Ghada Karmi and Israeli historian Prof. Ilan Pappé. A series of college meetings on Wednesday and Thursday this week organised by Academics for Palestine (AfP) will examine the role of academics in the struggle for justice in Palestine. This includes a public debate at Trinity College Dublin on the subject of the academic boycott. The meetings are detailed … Continue reading

Report: Israeli Apartheid Week 2014

Between 1st and 8th March, Ireland took part in the 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week with a series of events including meetings and protests organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). On Saturday 1st March, the Dublin IPSC branch of the kicked off  IAW with a Boycott Israeli Goods day of action. We visited four city centre supermarkets, making consumers aware of their presence, the connection between these products and the occupation of Palestine and asking people to boycott them. We also handed in letters of protest to the management of each store, asking them to cease sticking Israeli goods. … Continue reading

Victory in Galway as NUIG Students’ Union votes to join BDS movement

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has welcomed the passing of motion calling on the National University of Galway (NUIG) Students’ Union to actively participate in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel until it ends the occupation of Palestine and complies with its obligations under international law. The motion, which reads in full “That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.” was passed by an almost  2 to 1 margin (1,954 to 1,054 votes) during a student referendum held on March 6th. NUIG Students’ Union becomes the … Continue reading

Irish academics’ pledge to boycott Israel welcomed by Palestinian rights activists

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today welcomed the announcement that almost 140 Irish academics have signed up to pledge in support of an academic boycott of Israel until it complies fully with its obligations under international law. The pledge, organised by the group Academics for Palestine, and signed by 138 academics based in Ireland states: “In response to the call from Palestinian civil society for an institutional academic boycott of Israel, we pledge not to engage in any professional association with Israeli academic, research and state institutions and with those representing these institutions, until such time as Israel complies … Continue reading

Irish links with Israeli military and security firms revealed as 138 Irish academics sign boycott Israel pledge

Press Release from Academics for Palestine: Irish academic researchers collaborated in EU-funded projects with Israeli counterparts who make drones, develop high-tech weapons and engage in “counter-terror” activities with the Mossad, it was revealed today. In all,  Irish universities have collaborated with Israel in 257 projects to date, seven of them listed as “security” and  13 as “aerospace”. These EU research programmes are administered by Irish Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. The information on Irish-Israeli research links was gathered through the examination of publicly available EU documents by members of Academics for Palestine (AfP), a new organisation launched today in Dublin. The group … Continue reading

Palestinian and Israeli scholars support Irish boycott pledge

Academics for Palestine – Press Release, 14th February 2014 MORE THAN 120 Irish academics have signed a pledge to boycott Israeli institutions until Palestinian rights are respected. The number is expected to increase as more lecturers learn about the growing campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel – a campaign led by Palestinians that is gaining global support. “The conflict in Palestine has now reached its ‘South African moment’ – the point at which Israeli apartheid has been recognised as such by the international community,” Prof Haim Bresheeth, a noted London-based film-maker and academic from Israel, said today. … Continue reading

IPSC Foreign Affairs Submission: review of Ireland’s foreign policy approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

On February 4th 2014 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign made a 14-page submission to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s ‘Review of Ireland’s Foreign Policy and External Relations’. You can read the IPSC submission ‘A review of Ireland’s foreign policy approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ by clicking here.   Background In Decemeber 2013 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: “invited [people] to have your say on what our foreign policy priorities and goals should be” [and that] “submissions can address any issue related to Ireland’s foreign policy which they consider to be of relevance“ As the Department also … Continue reading

Action Item: Have your say on Irish Foreign Policy

The Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is soliciting individual contributions for a “review of Ireland’s Foreign Policy and External Relations”. Note: The CLOSING DATE is 5pm on Tuesday 4th February. According to the Department website: “you are invited to have your say on what our foreign policy priorities and goals should be”.  Further, it states that “Individuals making a submission can address any issue related to Ireland’s foreign policy which they consider to be of relevance, including any not explicitly raised in this document“ As the Department also believes that “respect for and the promotion of human … Continue reading

BNC Statement: UN year of solidarity with the Palestinian people begins with boycott success

Statement by the Palestinian BDS National Committee, 21/01/2014: In November of last year, the UN General Assembly designated 2014 as the UN International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. Just three weeks into 2014, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has again shown that it represents an increasingly effective form of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. In early January, high profile Norwegian singer Moddi announced that he was cancelling his performance in Tel Aviv out of respect for the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel and following appeals from activists in … Continue reading

Israel’s academic standing: mediocre and slipping

Dr. David Landy of Academics for Palestine and the IPSC looks at the latest Times HES survey of world university rankings which reveals some surprising truths about the state of the Israeli academy. One reason we are always told that we can never ever boycott Israel is because of its sterling academic reputation. Israel, we have heard on countless occasions, is a paragon of science, medicine and humanities. If we boycott Israel we’ll be boycotting the cutting-edgiest of high-tech, the most miraculous research in medicine, the inventors of… well, just about everything Well, it seems that such talk of Israeli … Continue reading

Israeli academic to speak in Dublin and Cork in support of academic boycott of Israel

Professor Haim Bresheeth, a renowned Israeli-born academic and documentary film-maker, will be speaking in colleges in Dublin and Cork next week in support of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) and its conference resolution supporting an academic boycott of Israel. At its Annual Congress on Thursday 4th April 2013, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) became the first academic union in Europe to endorse the Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel. The motion, which refers to Israel as an “apartheid state”, requests “all members to cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel”. The TUI’s vote has prompted … Continue reading

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