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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 associate professor of sociology from Trinity College Dublin and herself an Israeli citizen.

As part of the Irish organisation Academics for Palestine, Dr Lentin produced the letter as a rapid Irish contribution to the growing international boycott movement.

That growth was reflected in last week’s advertisement in the Guardian newspaper, which saw more than 340 British-based academics sign a similar declaration.

Since its launch nearly two years ago Academics for Palestine has secured formal pledges to boycott Israeli academic institutions from more than 200 Irish academics.

If you are an academic based in Ireland and would like to sign the Irish Academics’ Pledge to Boycott Israel, you can do so by going to the Academics for Palestine website here.

Below is the full list of signatories to today’s letter.

Signatories to Irish Times letter

Dr Ronit Lentin (retired), TCD, joint PRO Academics for Palestine

Harry Browne, DIT, joint PRO Academics for Palestine

Prof Des Bell, NCAD

Prof Seamus Deane,  Emeritus Keough Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame

Prof  John Doyle, DCU

Prof Conleth D. Hussey, UL

Prof Gerry Kearns, Maynooth University

Prof Kathleen Lynch, UCD

Prof Damian McCormack, UCD

Prof Terrence McDonough, NUIG

Prof Karen McElrath, Fayetteville State University, USA

Prof Cahal McLaughlin, Queen’s University Belfast

Prof John Pinkerton, QUB

Dr John Kelly, Emeritus Professor, UCD

Prof Sam Porter, QUB

Dr Helena Sheehan, Emeritus Professor, DCU

John Waddell, Emeritus Professor, NUIG


Eyad Abu-Khiran, University and College Union, QUB

Dr Barbara Bradby (retired), TCD

Elaine Bradley, PHD candidate, TCD

Dr Audrey Bryan, St Patrick’s College, DCU

Dr James Carr, UL

Dr Michael Carr, DIT

Dr Justin Carville, IADT

Teresa Cash, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr Maurice Coakley, Griffith College Dublin

Dr Steve Coleman,  Maynooth  University

Dr Peter Collins, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr Eileen Connolly, DCU

Dr Catherine Conlon, TCD

Magdi Rashied, DIT

Eddie Conlon, DIT

Dr Ciaran Cosgrove (retired), TCD

Dr Colin Coulter, Maynooth University

Dr Laurence Cox, Maynooth University

Deirdre Cree, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Ann Curran, DIT

Dr Laurence Davis, UCC

Dr Sharae Deckard, UCD

Miriam Delaney, DIT

Dr Kevin Farrell, IT Blanchardstown

Dr Paul Farrell, IT Tallaght

Gerry Farrelly, DIT

Dr Brian Feeney, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr Jude Lal Fernando, TCD

Dr Mikael Fernström, UL

Dr Andrew Finlay, TCD

Barry Finnegan, Griffith College Dublin

Mike FitzGibbon, UCC

Dr Camilla Fitzsimons, Maynooth University

Richard Fitzsimons, DIT

Dr Angela Flynn, UCC

Dr Michael Foley, DIT

Dr Oona Frawley, Maynooth University

Dr Paul Michael Garrett, NUIG

Dr Brian Hanley, Historian

Martin Hanrahan, DIT

Tony Hayes, DIT

Dermot Healy (retired), DIT

Roddy Hegarty, Library & Archive Director (Armagh)

Goretti Horgan, Ulster University

Dr David Hughes, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Dr Mariya Ivancheva, UCD

Celia Keenan (retired), St Patrick’s College Drumcondra

Dr Sinéad Kennedy, Maynooth University

Ian Kilroy, DIT

Dr Heather Laird, UCC

Dr David Landy,  TCD

Dr John Lannon, UL

Zoe Lawlor, UL

Dr Luciana Lolich,  UCD

Madeleine Lombard, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Eibhlín Mhic Aoidh, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr Martin McCabe, DIT

Dr Conor Mc Carthy, Maynooth University

Dr Des McGuinness (retired), DCU

Simon McGuinness, DIT

Denise McKee, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr Elaine McLaughlin, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Brian McMahon, Cork IT

Noirin MacNamara, PhD candidate,  QUB

Dr Bill McSweeney, TCD

Dr Martin Maguire, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Dr Martin Marjoram, IT Tallaght

Dr Chandana Mathur, Maynooth University

Dr Thomas Murray, UCD

Dr Yoga Nathan, UL

Maeve O’Brien, PhD Candidate, Ulster University

Dr Eithne O’Connell, DCU

David O’Connor, DIT

Dr Maureen O’Connor,  UCC

Dr Tom O’Connor, Cork IT

Tom O’Connor,  DIT

Dr Hugh O’Donnell, DIT

Dr Micheal O’Flynn, UCD

Dr Féilim Ó hAdhmaill, UCC

Dr Theresa O’Keefe, UCD

Daithí Ó Madáin, NUIG

Dr Eoin O’Mahony, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra

Dr Jacqui O’Riordan, UCC

Dr Sinead Pembroke, TCD

Dr Michael Pierse, QUB

Dr Susan Power, Griffith College Dublin

John Rafferty, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr John Reynolds, Maynooth University

Ellen Reynor, St. Patrick’s College, DCU

Dr Paola Rivetti, DCU

Jim Roche, DIT, Chair Academics for Palestine

Maggie Ronayne, NUIG

Dr Colin Sage, UCC

Dr Birgit Schippers, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Paul Sheehan (retired), former Director of Library Services, DCU

Dr Fintan Sheerin,  TCD

Domhnall Sheridan, DIT

Ailbhe Smyth (retired), UCD

Dr Robbie Smyth Griffith College Dublin

Stephen Stewart, Mater Dei Inst./DCU

Dr Andy Storey, UCD

Peter Tansey, UCD

Dr Gavan Titley, Maynooth University

Dr Antonio Toral, DCU

Theresa Urbainczyk, UCD

Ciaran Walsh, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

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