Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

IPSC “Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel”

In August 2010 the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) launched the following pledge, initially signed by over 140 (now 656) 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***

(UPDATE August 2018) The ‘Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel’ reaches landmark 600 signatures

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 hundreds of Irish creative and performing artists, and other cultural workers: actors, novelists, playwrights, poets, designers, composers, singers, dancers, architects, 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

The artists who have signed 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.

In 2005, 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. 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 (656)
Last Updated – 13th December 2019

            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 († March 2018)- Songwriter, writer/translator
            95. Sharon (Shaz) Morgan – Musician, photographer
            96. Sami Moukkadem – Musician, filmmaker, 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 – Filmmaker
            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 – Filmmaker
            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 – Artist
            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. Mikael Fernström – Multi-media artist
            243. Des Donnelly (aka Drax) – Poet
            244. Seamus Doyle – Musician
            245. Shane O’Shea (aka Naphta) – DJ/Producer
            246. Diarmuid Slattery (aka Diarmo) – DJ/Producer/Musician
            247. Graham Montgomery – Musician
            248. Daragh McCarthy – Filmmaker
            249. Kevin Barrington – Poet
            250. Joe McGill – Painter, sculptor and poet
            251. Robbie Perry – Musician
            252. Hugh McFadden – Poet, literary critic and editor
            253. Catherine Ann Cullen – Poet
            254. Martin Naarendorp (aka Ras Tinny) – Deejay
            255. Leon Guilfoyle – Musician (Lluther)
            256. Hytham Martin – Musician (Lluther & Eyesclosed)
            257. Eoghan O’Neill [1] († March 2017) – Sculptor
            258. Eoghan O’Neill [2] – Musician (Early House)
            259. Kevin Rowsome – Musician
            260. Khaled Ajamia – Filmmaker
            261. Rónan Guilfoyle – Jazz musician/Composer
            262. Dylan Tighe – Musician, theatre director and writer
            263. Seán Murray – Filmmaker
            264. Darragh Jáuregui-Hogan – Composer and musician
            265. Jim McKee – Artist, singer and songwriter
            266. Pa Curran – Singer/Songwriter
            267. Katie O’Kelly – Actor and playwright
            268. Keith O’Brien – Composer
            269. Benjamin Dwyer – Composer and guitarist
            270. Bernadette Hopkins – Artist
            271. Mary Costello – Writer
            272. Kimberly Campanello – Poet
            273. Vincent Doherty – Traditional singer and musician
            274. Jane Jermyn – Ceramic artist
            275. Karl Parkinson – Writer/Poet
            276. Colin Dunne – Dancer
            277. Anthony Jackson – Hip-Hop Artist
            278. Sebastian Clare – Writer and Voice Artist
            279. Kathryn Maguire – Artist
            280. Brian Kavanagh – Artist
            281. Mollie Barrow – Artist
            282. Liosa Ni Chiarain – Artist, Tatooist, Singer/Songwriter
            283. Tom J. Byrne – Artist
            284. Sue Cosgrave – Author and poet
            285. Philip Fogarty – Musician
            286. Anna Lardi – Musician
            287. John Nee (aka Little John Nee) – Writer/Performer
            288. Philip Casey – Poet, Novelist († February 2018)
            289. Edel Meade – Musician
            290. Honor Heffernan – Singer/Musician
            291. Edward Boyne – Poet
            292. Jürgen Simpson – Composer
            293. Jackie Askew – Visual artist
            294. Richard Geraghty – Filmmaker, photographer, musician
            295. Maeve McCarthy – Visual artist
            296. Katherine Duffy – Poet
            297. Harry Bradley – Traditional musician
            298. Peter Cummins – Musician (The Fleadh Cowboys)
            299. Sile Denvir – Musician
            300. Tiarnan O Duinnchinn – Traditional musician
            301. Siobhán Peoples – Traditional musician
            302. Katie Theasby – Singer
            303. Fiona O’Dwyer – Visual artist
            304. Fiona Kelleher – Musician
            305. Paul Bradley – Fiddle player
            306. John Carty – Musician
            307. Eimer Casey – Musician
            308. Ger Costelloe – Singer/Songwriter
            309. Kate Thompson – Author
            310. Leonard Barry – Musician
            311. Mick Blake – Singer/songwriter
            312. Liam P. Bradley – Musician
            313. Paddy Kerr – Musician
            314. Donogh Hennessy – Composer and performer
            315. Paula Leyden – Author
            316. Conor Caldwell – Musician
            317. Philip Crickard – Musician
            318. Noirin Lynch – Singer
            319. Ger Ryan – Actor
            320. Roisin Broderick – Musician
            321. Thierry Masure – Fiddle player
            322. Tara Baoth Mooney – Singer and musician
            323. Clodagh Downing – Actor
            324. Celine Kiernan – Author
            325. Melissa Joan Diem – Poet, writer and visual artist
            326. Denyse Woods – Novelist
            327. Colm Mac Con Iomaire – Ceoltóir / Musician
            328. Fionnbharr Ó Súilleabháin – Fine art photographer
            329. Eleanor Methven – Actor
            330. Eoghan McGrath – Visual artist
            331. Ian Lynch – Singer/musician (Lynched)
            332. Mael Coll Rua – Poet
            333. Guiseppe Torre – Digital artist
            334. Kinbria / Sorrellium – Musician, Recording artist, poet
            335. Paul Larkin – Filmmaker and author
            336. Una Keane – Musician
            337. Kevin Liddy – Writer, director
            338. Mary Murphy – Author, illustrator
            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/filmmaker
            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. Tim Fleming – Cinematographe
            432. Gregory Daly – Musician
            433. Darragh Graham – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            434. Darragh Griffin – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            435. Dan Murphy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            436. Barry Murphy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            437. Dermot Sheedy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
            438. Ollie Plunkett – Musician (The Lost Messiahs)
            439. Ian Wilson – Composer
            440. Seán Hillen – Artist
            441. Wissam Abdel Samad – Photographer
            442. Mary Ryan – Actor, singer
            443. Krystyna Rawicz – Poet, artist
            444. Sueanne Moore – Artist
            445. Cian Finn – Singer/Songwriter
            446. Lorraine O’Brien – Musician
            447. Andrew Glenn – Artist
            448. Medbh Gillard – Artist
            449. Ciarán MacUilliam – Musician (Primordial)
            450. Michael O Floinn – Musician (Primordial)
            451. Simon O’Laoghaire – Musician (Primordial)
            452. Philip McFadden – Sculptor & artist
            453. Patrick Bradley – Painter & sculptor
            454. Audrey Doherty – Milliner and Raqs Sharqi artist (Eastern Dance)
            455. Joe O’Byrne – Writer/director
            456. Sarah Hayden – Writer
            457. Daithi Brophy – Painter
            458. Mary Kelly – Visual artist
            459. Ronan Tully – Theatre artist
            460. Vincent Wood – Composer and musician
            461. Niall Vallely – Musician
            462. Karan Casey – Singer
            463. Dan Acheson – Musician (The Wood Burning Savages)
            464. Wally Cassidy – Photographer
            465. Fatin Al-Tamimi – Photographer
            466. Deirdre Mackel – Artist
            467. June Butler – Artist
            468. Paul Walls – Artist
            469. Carl Taylor – Artist
            470. Colm Keegan – Writer, poet
            471. Kathleen McCreery – Writer, actor, director
            472. Colin Stanley – Musician (Big Bag of Tricks / Queen Elvis)
            473. Johanne Webb – Actor, director
            474. Siobhán Peoples – Musician
            475. Paul Brady – Singer/songwriter
            476. Breandán Clarke – Visual artist
            477. Colin Darke – Visual artist
            478. Brian Brannigan – Singer/songwriter (A Lazarus Soul)
            479. Mary Coughlan – Singer
            480. Áilbhe Hines – Performance artist / Community arts activist
            481. John Dorman – Architect, artist
            482. Aodán McCardle – Poet / performance artist
            483. Jenny Bassett – Drama and movement practitioner
            484. Jim Roche – Architect
            485. Micilín Mac An Rí – Musician (The Blaggards)
            486. Jesse Jones – Visual artist
            487. Elizabeth Clyne – Architect
            488. Fergal Gaynor – Writer
            489. Tom O’Dea – Artist
            490. Mark Price – Architect
            491. Peter Clyne – Filmmaker
            492. Conor O’Reilly – Composer & musician
            493. Roisín O’Donnell – Writer
            494. Mary Byrne – Architect
            495. Wissame Cherfi – Filmmaker
            496. Jackie McKenna – Sculptor
            497. Cora Venus Lunny – Musician
            498. David G. Buckley – Singer/songwriter
            499. Martin Tourish – Musician/ Composer
            500. Ali Morrison – Musician
            501. Sokol Koka – Musician
            502. Declan McHale – Irish dancer
            503. Édaín Ní Dhomhnaill – Visual artist
            504. Sorcha Fox – Actor
            505. Ben Williams (Mark Benjamin Williams) – Musician
            506. Duncan Patterson – Musician
            507. Ray Murphy – Visual artist
            508. Fiachra Trench – Composer
            509. Caroline Kuyper – Craft artist
            510. Kirsti Kotilainen – Visual artist
            511. Hans-Christian Oeser – Literary Translator
            512. John Ennis – Poet
            513. Peter Duffy – Performer / actor / director / choreographer
            514. Brenda Carroll – Visual artist
            515. Hannah Khalil – Writer
            516. Rosaleen Tanham – Visual artist
            517. Rachael Hegarty – Poet / writer
            518. Joseph Kelly – Visual artist
            519. Paul Murray – Writer
            520. Ronan Tynan – Filmmaker
            521. William Leo Coakley – Poet
            522. Katharine May – Visual artist
            523. David Gepp – Photographer
            524. Mollie Barrow – Glass Artist
            525. John Brady – Graphic Artist
            526. Jenni Ledwell – Actor
            527. Niamh De Barra – Musician
            528. David Lloyd – Poet
            529. Stephen Murphy – Poet
            530. Dave Kinane – Artist
            531. Sean Taylor – Artist
            532. Eric Burke – Musician (Ainriail)
            533. Tommy Foster – Musician (Ainriail)
            534. John Spillane – Musician and songwriter
            535. Maeve Kelly – Musician
            536. Sadhbh O’Sullivan (AKA Sive) – Singer-songwriter and musician
            537. Brian Healy – Musician (The Jollars)
            538. Bob Kavanagh – Musician (The Jollars)
            539. Nora Lewon – Musician (The Jollars)
            540. Mike Murphy – Broadcaster
            541. Barry Murphy – Comedian
            542. Eileen Myles – Poet
            543. John Connors – Actor and filmmaker
            544. Gene Barry – Poet
            545. Carolyn Goodwin – Musician
            546. Cormac Breatnach – Musician
            547. Ciarán O’Rourke – Poet
            548. Brian Fleming – Musician
            549. Brendan Dorris – Dancer
            550. Cahal McLaughlin – Documentary filmmaker
            551. Edward Kennedy – Filmmaker and poet
            552. Danny McGreevy – Musician
            553. Jason O’Rourke – Musician and writer
            554. Rachel Ballagh – Visual artist
            555. Damian O Donoghue – Musician
            556. Patsy Watchorn – Singer and musician
            557. Niamh Phelan – Musician
            558. Emer Martin – Writer
            559. Ann Ryan – Visual artist
            560. Aindriú O Coimín – Lighting designer and producer
            561. Gabriel Brady – Singer/Songwriter
            562. Mick Mulvey – Traditional musician
            563. Deirdre Nic an tSionnaigh – Cceoltóir
            564. Jackie Askew – Visual artist
            565. Sophie Meehan – Poet and writer
            566. Pamela Connolly – Musician (Pillow Queens)
            567. Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng – Visual artist and performer
            568. Noel McQuaid – Musician
            569. Norma Burke – Filmmaker
            570. Sarah Franklyn – Musician and singer-songwriter
            571. Shona Shirley Macdonald – Artist
            572. Paul Laughlin – Poet
            573. Chris O’Donnell – Musician
            574. Syl Morrison – Producer
            575. Maria McGrath – Musician & Producer
            576. James Donnellan – Musical artist
            577. Mags O’Brien – Playwright
            578. Shahidah Janjua – Poet
            579. Martin Farrelly – Musician
            580. Mary Jordan – Actor
            581. Niall Cuddy – Performing artist and musician
            582. Mary Black – Singer
            583. Madi O’Carroll – Actor
            584. Leila Afhim – Designer and illustrator
            585. Bridie Monds-Watson (AKA Soak) – Singer/songwriter
            586. James Redmond – Documentary filmmaker
            587. Carrie Crowley – Actor
            588. John Doyle – Poet
            589. Áine Uí Fhoghlú – Poet/File
            590. Peter Reid – Playwright and threatre director
            591. Shane Sutton – Visual artist
            592. Muireann de Barra – Documentary filmmaker
            593. Kate Nolan – Photographer
            594. Kate O’Shea – Visual artist
            595. Dragana Jurisic – Visual artist
            596. Jane Deasy – Composer & theatre artist
            597. Seán Maguire – Poet & writer
            598. Tadhg Kelleher – Sound engineer & musician
            599. Ian Knox – Political cartoonist
            600. Noel Farrell – Writer and abstract artist
            601. Patsy Preston – Visual artist
            602. Olwen Fouéré – Actor and theatre writer/director
            603. Fiona McGeown – Actor and theatre director
            604. Alison Conneely – Designer
            605. Noel Walsh – Musician
            606. Andy Tyler-White – Musician
            607. Charlie Easterfield – Sculptor
            608. Willem Minjon – Visual artist
            609. Órla Mc Govern – Performer/writer
            610. Mick Kennedy – Singer/songwriter
            611. Áine Tyrrell – Singer-songwriter
            612. Kevin Squires – Graphic designer and typographer
            613. Seán Tyrell – Musician
            614. Bernadette Kiely – Visual artist
            615. Frankie Quinn – Photographer
            616. Will Beavan – Traditional Irish and Scottish musician
            617. Brian Sweeney – Musician (Freespeakingmonkey)
            618. Ciaran Rock – Musician (Freespeakingmonkey)
            619. Henry Pierce – Musician (Freespeakingmonkey)
            620. Dee Armstrong – Musician (Kíla & Freespeakingmonkey)
            621. Harry Moore – Artist
            622. Garrett Phelan – Visual artist
            623. Tony Doherty – Writer
            624. Sarah McDowell – Visual artist
            625. Erin Quinn – Visual artist
            626. Danny McGreevy – Traditional musician
            627. Eugene O’Hare – Actor and playwright
            628. Darren Byrne – Singer/songwriter
            629. Geraldine Bradley – Singer
            630. John Faulkner – Musician
            631. Mick McNally – Musician
            632. Paul P. Kelly – Architect
            633. Michael Doherty – Architect and  visual artist
            634. Róisín Loughrey – Filmmaker / Artist
            635. Alan Counihan – Visual artist
            636. Enagh Farrell – Illustrator
            637. Vukasin Nedeljkovic – Artist
            638. Shane Serrano – Filmmaker and musician
            639. Taryn De Vere – Performance artist and writer
            640. Joe Rooney – Comedian, writer and actor
            641. Karen Cowley – Musician (Wyvern Lingo)
            642. Caoimhe Barry – Musician (Wyvern Lingo)
            643. Saoirse Duane – Musician (Wyvern Lingo)
            644. David Travers – Musician (Dangerous Dave & the Side Effects)
            645. Ash McVeigh – Musician (Dangerous Dave & the Side Effects)
            646. Killian O’Reilly – Musician (Dangerous Dave & the Side Effects)
            647. Danny O’Reilly – Musician (Dangerous Dave & the Side Effects)
            648. Corban Walker – Sculptor
            649. Maria Tivnan – Theatre Practitioner
            650. Roisin El Cherif – Singer and film maker
            651. Martin Vernon – Poet
            652. Gary McFarlane (aka Autumn Owls) – Musician
            653. Estelle Birdy – Poet
            654.  Séamus O’Brien – Visual artist
            655. Joe Mooney – Filmmaker
            656. Brian O’Flaherty – Filmmaker

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

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