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Irish artists announce cultural boycott of Israel

Ma’an – 14/08/2010

BETHLEHEM — Over 150 Irish artists, musicians and playwrights announced a cultural boycott of Israel on Thursday until “Israel complies with international law.”

The campaign was launched by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and signatory artists saying “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.”

According to IPSC Cultural Boycott officer Raymond Deane, “These artists are aware of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s statement in 2005 that ‘We [Israel] 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,” the IPSC website read.

Singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey said that the boycott’s goal is to urge young people in Israel to speak up against the military, while musician Eoin Dillon said the move would succeed like that of South Africa, in which he participated.

August 14, 2010 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism

2 Comments

  1. I would be interested to see what Enya’s opinion on this might be. Although the private life of any artist is to be respected, there are times in life when silence is the same as assent. What does Enya think about these things? Will she add her voice to the growing list of artists disgusted with the status quo? Or is her beautiful song “How can I keep from singing” just a song?

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    Comment by Luath | August 14, 2010

    • Perhaps somebody will pose the question on her facebook page and report back to us.

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      Comment by aletho | August 14, 2010


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