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Academic Freedom

New Book: ‘Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel’

‘Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel’ is a new book edited by our colleagues David Landy, Ronit Lentin and Conor McCarthy from Academics for Palestine. Academic freedom is under siege, as our universities become the sites of increasingly fraught battles over freedom of speech. While much of the public debate has focussed on ‘no platforming’ by students, this overlooks the far graver threat posed by concerted efforts to silence the critical voices of both academics and students, through the use of bureaucracy, legal threats and online harassment. Such tactics have conspicuously been used, with particularly virulent … Continue reading

Watch: ‘Life in Palestine’ 2018 calendar launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin

On Friday 10th November, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha officially launched the 2018 ‘Life in Palestine’ calendar produced by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). Also speaking were Ms. Jilan Abdalmajid, Deputy Head of the Mission of the State of Palestine to Ireland, IPSC Chairperson Ms. Fatin Al Tamimi, and Jim Bowen from the IPSC’s Cork Branch. TO BUY THE CALENDAR CLICK HERE — https://www.ipsc.ie/store The theme of this year’s calendar is ‘Life in Palestine’, and every month explores a different aspect of the lives of ordinary Palestinians, and the difficulties and injustices they face living under Israeli’s … Continue reading

The Palestine Podcast #23: Steven Salaita on ‘Why Palestine Is Everyone’s Moral Issue’

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#23 – Steven Salaita on ‘Why Palestine Is Everyone’s Moral Issue’ [2017-09-12] – (Download here) INFO: The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in association with Academics for Palestine, were honoured to present a public talk by renowned Palestinian-American author and intellectual Steven Salaita. The event took place on Tuesday 12th September 2017 in Dublin. In his talk, Steven Salaita explored why Palestine is one … Continue reading

The Palestine Podcast #22: Steven Salaita on ‘BDS and the Modern University’

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#22 – Steven Salaita on ‘BDS and the Modern University’ [2017-09-11] – (Download here) INFO: This lecture was part of the TCD MPhil in Race Ethnicity and Conflict conference Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Boycott of Israel, Trinity College Dublin. About the speaker Steven Salaita is an American scholar, author and public speaker formerly the Edward … Continue reading

Palestinian intellectual Steven Salaita in Dublin & Limerick (11 – 13 September)

Renowned Palestinian-American author and intellectual Steven Salaita will be delivering a series of free talks in Dublin and Limerick between 11th and 13th September. All events are free and everyone is welcome. Monday 11 Sept – Dublin, TCD: ‘BDS and the modern university’ Venue: Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin A free lecture organised by the TCD MPhil in Race Ethnicity and Conflict as part of their conference on ‘Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Boycott of Israel‘. – More info Tuesday 12 Sept – Dublin: ‘Why Palestine Is Everyone’s Moral Issue’ Venue: Academy … Continue reading

Who Fears to Speak of ’48? Take action to support Cork academic conference under threat (again!)

Take action in support of historic ‘International Law & the State of Israel’ academic conference in Cork We would like to bring you news of an important conference entitled ‘International Law & the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility‘ set to take place in Cork between 31st March and 2nd April. We are asking for your support to ensure that this Conference will actually take place, as it is coming under severe pressure from those who would prefer that no critical academic discussion on the nature of the Israeli state, its foundation, its legacy, and its violations of international … Continue reading

Action Item: Write to Minister of State John Halligan urging no collaboration with Apartheid Israel’s education ministry

The Irish Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan is on an official visit to the Palestine-Israel region at the moment. We are informed that as part of his itinerary he is due to meet Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Minster for Education, to discuss “innovation and education”. Bennett is one of the most reprehensible and racist figures in the current Israeli government, which itself is widely considered to be the most extremist in Israel’s history. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) believes that such a meeting should not take place, and furthermore, that there should be no cooperation … Continue reading

Palestine Podcast #19: Ronit Lentin, David Landy & Harry Brown on ‘Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism’

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#19 – Ronit Lentin, David Landy & Harry Brown on ‘Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism’ [2016-06-07] – (Download here) INFO: What is antisemitism? What is anti-Zionism? Are they the same thing as many apologists for the crimes of the Israeli state would have people believe? This meeting held in Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin on 7th June 2016 explored these issues in depth and argues that … Continue reading

David Lloyd: On the malevolence of occupation and necessity of BDS

David Lloyd, the Distinguished Professor, poet, activist and signatory to both the Irish Academics’ and Irish Artists’ pledges to boycott Israel, has a wonderful piece entitled ‘The Malevolence of Occupation’ in the new issue of the Dublin Review of Books. Below is an excerpt, you can read the full piece here. Above all, boycott is an instrument of civil society. We call for a boycott when the means to redress an ongoing injury are denied by the legal or political institutions that ought to intervene. In December 2009, Israel launched its catastrophic “Cast Lead” assault on Gaza ‑ as it … 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

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

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

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