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Academic Boycott

Irish public figures’ statement in support of Israel boycott welcomed by human rights campaigners

In an open letter published in today’s Irish Times and Irish Independent, thirteen of Ireland’s best-known musicians, writers, artists and sports stars have called on the Irish government to join them in supporting the growing worldwide boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The statement has been welcomed by Palestinian and Irish human rights campaigners. The letter’s signatories are Christy Moore, Mary Coughlan, Robert Ballagh, Donal Lunny, Frances Black, Trevor Hogan, Dervla Murphy, Seamus Deane, Felim Egan, Margaretta D’Arcy, Jim Fitzpatrick, Honor Heffernan and Gavin Kostick. The letter welcomes Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan’s support for BDS as … Continue reading

#RightToBoycott: 356 European & Irish human rights orgs, faith groups, unions & parties call on EU to support the Right to Boycott Israel

More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, faith groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and to defend the right of individuals and institutions to take part in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality.  Signatories to the letter called on the EU commission to “introduce the human rights guidelines guaranteeing freedom of speech and right to boycott and to use all other means you have in your disposal to support European … Continue reading

Irish and Dutch governments join Sweden in speaking out for right to call for BDS

Irish foreign minister says BDS is a “legitimate political viewpoint” and that his department is monitoring Israel’s repression of BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti Dutch foreign minister says BDS “protected by the freedom of expression” 352 European bodies call on the EU to support right to boycott 23,000 people appeal to UN on the #RightToBoycott The Dutch and Irish governments have publicly stated that calls for a boycott of Israel are legitimate, with the Dutch foreign minister saying that advocating and campaigning for Palestinian rights through the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel are “protected by the … Continue reading

Letter signed by 120+ scholars backing Irish academic boycott of Israel published in Irish Times

A letter in today’s Irish Times sees more than 120 Irish and Irish-based academics declare their support for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The scholars said they were “disturbed by the involvement of Israeli higher education institutions in Israel’s military and security industries, by EU institutional involvement in funding Israeli research, and by the research and development collaboration between Irish and Israeli higher-education institutions”. They said they would respond to the appeal from Palestinian civil society and avoid co-operation with those institutions. Contrary to the order presented by the newspaper, the letter’s lead author is Dr Ronit Lentin, retired … Continue reading

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 https://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

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