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Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) | 12 August 2010

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 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***

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 over 140 Irish creative and performing artists: novelists, playwrights, poets, actors, composers, singers, dancers, painters, sculptors and filmmakers, ranging from those starting out on their careers to household names. - See here for the full PACBI statement of endorsement.

According to IPSC Cultural Boycott Officer Dr. Raymond Deane, "These artists 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."

Dr. Deane, himself a classical composer and a signatory of the pledge, recalled Nelson Mandela's dictum that "boycott is not a principle, it is a tactic depending upon circumstances." Dr. Deane added: "Five years ago, 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."

Dr. Deane continued, "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
Last Updated 18 February 2016

 

        1. Astrid Adler - Visual Artist, Musician, Mime artist
        2. John Arden – Playwright, Novelist († March 2012)
        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. Cormac Breatnach – Musician
        11. Cecily Brennan – Artist
        12. Ronan Browne – Musician
        13. Conor Byrne - Musician
        14. Roisin Byrne - Visual artist
        15. Séamas Cain – Poet, performance artist
        16. Moya Cannon – Poet
        17. Liam Carson - Scríbhneoir
        18. Clare Cashman – Visual artist
        19. Rhona Clarke – Composer
        20. Siobhán Cleary - Composer
        21. Mickey Coleman - Singer/songwriter
        22. Joe Comerford - Film-maker
        23. Michael Connerty – Musician (Moutpiece)
        24. Neilí Conroy – Actor
        25. Dorothy Cross – Sculptor
        26. Charles Cullen – Visual artist
        27. Michael Cullen - Painter
        28. Cindy Cummings - Dance Artist
        29. Sinéad Cusack - Actor
        30. Margaretta Darcy – Author and playwright
        31. John F. Deane - Writer
        32. Raymond Deane - Composer
        33. Seamus Deane – Author
        34. Renate DeBrun – Painter and printmaker
        35. Damien Dempsey - Singer
        36. Tim Dennehy – Singer/Songwriter
        37. Eoin Dillon - Ceoltóir (Kíla)
        38. Keith Donald – Musician
        39. Philip Donnery - Musician
        40. Gráinne Dowling - Visual artist
        41. Kevin Doyle – Writer
        42. Robert Doyle - Musician
        43. Roger Doyle - Composer
        44. Felim Egan - Visual artist
        45. Martin A. Egan († November 2015) – Musician
        46. Naisrín Elsafty - Singer
        47. Róisín Elsafty – Singer
        48. Zahrah Elsafty – Singer
        49. Elaine Feeney - Poet
        50. Stephen Gardner – Composer
        51. Anthony Glavin - Novelist and short story writer
        52. Dearbhla Glynn – Film-maker
        53. Johnny Gogan – Film-maker
        54. Carmel Gunning – Musician
        55. Marie Hanlon – Visual artist
        56. Robbie Harris - Musician
        57. Paul Hayes - Composer
        58. Graham Henderson – Musician
        59. Donogh Hennessy - Musician
        60. Rita Ann Higgins – Poet
        61. Michael Holohan - Composer
        62. Andy Irvine – Musician
        63. Ryan Johnson - Musician
        64. Fergus Johnston - Composer
        65. Fred Johnston – Poet
        66. Trevor Joyce – Poet
        67. Bernadette Kiely – Painter
        68. Brian King – Sculptor
        69. Vincent Kennedy - Composer
        70. Trevor Knight - Music/Theatre
        71. Conor Kostick - Novelist.
        72. Gavin Kostick – Playwright
        73. Dave Lordan - Poet
        74. Donal Lunny –Musician
        75. Pól MacAdaim – Singer/songwriter
        76. Iarla Mac Aodha Bhuí - Scríbhneoir
        77. Mickey MacConnell – Singer/Songwriter
        78. Tony Mac Mahon – Musician
        79. Lorcán Mac Mathúna - Singer
        80. Alice Maher - Visual Artist
        81. Brenda Malloy – Musician
        82. Jimmy McCarthy - Singer/songwriter
        83. Martin McElhinney - Musician (Coldwar)
        84. Paul Nash – Musician (Coldwar)
        85. Trevor McLave - (Coldwar)
        86. Joe McGowan - Author
        87. Jackie McKenna - Sculptor
        88. John McLachlan - Composer
        89. Joleen McLaughlin – Musician (Henry Sisters)
        90. Karen McLaughlin – Musician (Henry Sisters)
        91. Lorna McLaughlin – Musician (Henry Sisters)
        92. Tina Mc Laughlin- Singer/Songwriter
        93. Eoin McLochlainn - Visual artist
        94. John McSherry - Musician
        95. Paula Meehan – Poet
        96. Thom Moore - Songwriter, writer/translator
        97. Sharon (Shaz) Morgan – Musician, Photographer
        98. Sami Moukkadem - Musician, film-maker, writer
        99. Hassan Ould Muctar - Musician
        100. Conor Mullan - Musician
        101. Janet Mullarney – Visual artist
        102. Gráinne Mulvey – Composer
        103. Deirdre Murphy - Dance
        104. Niamh Ní Charra – Musician
        105. Peadar Ó Ceannabháin - Singer
        106. Saileog Ní Cheannabháin - Musician
        107. Treasa Ní Cheannabháin – Singer
        108. Áine Ní Chuaig – Musician
        109. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh – Musician/Singer
        110. Liam Noonan – Musician (Digital Disorder)
        111. Dave Murphy – Musician (Digital Disorder)
        112. Keith McGovern – Musician (Digital Disorder)
        113. Ken Deasy – Musician (Digital Disorder)
        114. Pádraig Ó Baoill – Scríbhneoir
        115. Niall Ó Callanáin - Musician
        116. Eamonn O'Doherty - Architect, Sculptor († August 2011)
        117. Méabh O Hare – Musician/Film-maker
        118. Jane O'Leary – Composer
        119. Brian Ó hUiginn - Musician
        120. Donal O'Kelly – Playwright/Actor
        121. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh - Ceoltóir
        122. Seosamh O Neachtain – Dancer
        123. Eoin O'Neill - Musician
        124. Jerry O'Reilly – Singer
        125. Peadar Ó Riada – Ceoltóir
        126. Gregory Rosenstock - Writer
        127. Pauline Scanlon - Singer
        128. Rossa 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 – Film-maker
        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 – Film-maker
        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 Ni Dhomhnail – Poet
        172. Lillis Ó Laoire – Musician
        173. Stephen Rea – Actor
        174. Liam O Maonlai – 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 (Casadh) – Musician
        183. Frainc Mac Cionnaith (Casadh) – Musician
        184. Nioclás Mac Cathmhaoil (Casadh) – Musician
        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 (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 (Melodica Deathship) - Singer/songwriter
        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 - Film maker 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. Andrew Edgar (aka Zyme)- Musician (Gamepak)
        233. Paul Reynolds-Photographer
        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.  Arezu Tabarsi (aka Top-Notch) – MC
        243. Mikael Fernström--multi-media artist
        244. Des Donnelly (aka Drax) – Poet
        245. Seamus Doyle – Musician
        246. Shane O’Shea (aka Naphta) – DJ/Producer
        247. Diarmuid Slattery (aka Diarmo) – DJ/Producer/Musician
        248. Graham Montgomery – Musician
        249. Daragh McCarthy – Filmmaker
        250. Kevin Barrington – Poet
        251. Joe McGill – Painter, sculptor and poet
        252. Robbie Perry – Musician
        253. Hugh McFadden – Poet, literary critic and editor
        254. Catherine Ann Cullen – Poet
        255. Martin Naarendorp (aka Ras Tinny) – Singer/deejay
        256. Leon Guilfoyle - Musician (Lluther)
        257. Hytham Martin - Musician (Lluther & Eyesclosed)
        258. Eoghan O'Neill - Sculptor
        259. Eoghan O’Neill – Musician (Early House)
        260. Kevin Rowsome – Musician
        261. Khaled Ajamia - Film maker
        262. Rónan Guilfoyle - Jazz musician/Composer
        263. Dylan Tighe - musician, theatre director, writer
        264. Seán Murray – Filmmaker
        265. Brian Fleming - Musician
        266. Darragh Jáuregui-Hogan - Composer and musician
        267. Jim McKee - artists, singer, songwrite
        268. Pa Curran-Singer/Songwriter
        269. Katie O’Kelly-Actor and playwright
        270. Keith O’Brien- composer
        271. Benjamin Dwyer-Composer and guitarist
        272. Bernadette Hopkins - Artist
        273. Mary Costello - Writer
        274. Kimberly Campanello - Poet
        275. Vincent Doherty - Traditional singer and musician
        276. Jane Jermyn - Ceramic artist
        277. Karl Parkinson - Writer/Poet
        278. Colin Dunne - Dancer
        279. 279 Anthony Jackson - Hip-Hop Artist
        280. Sebastian Clare - Writer and Voice Artist
        281. Kathryn Maguire - Artist
        282. Brian Kavanagh - Artist
        283. Mollie Barrow - Artist
        284. Liosa Ni Chiarain - Artist, Tatooist, Singer/Songwriter
        285.  Tom J. Byrne – Artist
        286. Sue Cosgrave - Author and poet
        287. Philip Fogarty-musician
        288. Anna Lardi-musician
        289. John Nee (Little John Nee)-writer/performer
        290. Philip Casey-poet/novelist
        291. Edel Meade-musician
        292. Honor Heffernan-singer/musician
        293. Edward Boyne-poet
        294. Jurgen Simpson-composer
        295. Jackie Askew-visual artist
        296. Richard Geraghty-filmmaker, photographer, musician
        297. Maeve McCarthy-visual artist
        298. Katherine Duffy-Poet
        299. Harry Bradley-Traditional Musician
        300. Peter Cummins – Musician (The Fleadh Cowboys)
        301. Sile Denvir – Musician
        302. Tiarnan O Duinnchinn – Traditional musician
        303. Siobhán Peoples – Traditional musician
        304. Katie Theasby – Singer
        305. Fiona O’Dwyer – Visual artis
        306. Fiona Kelleher – Musician
        307. Paul Bradley – Fiddle player
        308. John Carty – Musician
        309. Eimer Casey – Musician
        310. Ger Costelloe – Singer/Songwriter
        311. Kate Thompson – Author
        312. Leonard Barry – Musician
        313. Mick Blake – Singer/songwriter
        314. Liam P. Bradley – Musician
        315. Paddy Kerr – Musician
        316. Donogh Hennessy – Composer and performer
        317. Paula Leyden – Author
        318. Conor Caldwell – Musician
        319. Philip Crickard – Musician
        320. Noirin Lynch – Singer
        321. Ger Ryan – Actor
        322. Roisin Broderick – Musician
        323. Thierry Masure – Fiddle player
        324. Tara Baoth Mooney – Singer and musician
        325. Clodagh Downing – Actor
        326. Celine Kiernan – Author
        327. Melissa Joan Diem – Poet, writer and visual artist
        328. Denyse Woods – Novelist
        329. Colm Mac Con Iomaire – Ceoltóir / Musician
        330. Fionnbharr Ó Súilleabháin – Fine art photographer
        331. Eleanor Methven – Actor
        332. Eoghan McGrath – Visual artist
        333. Ian Lynch – Singer/musician (Lynched)
        334. Mael Coll Rua – Poet
        335. Guiseppe Torre – Digital artist
        336. Kinbria / Sorrellium – Musician, Recording artist, poet
        337. Paul Larkin – Film-maker and author
        338. Una Keane – Musician
        339. Kevin Liddy – Writer, director
        340. Mary Murphy – Author, illustrator
        341. Bairbre Flood – Musician (Yearning Curve)
        342. Lawrence O’Donnell – Musician (Yearning Curve)
        343. Laura Ann Brady – Musician
        344. Amanda Feery – Composer
        345. Jose Miguel Jimenez – Actor and theatre director
        346. Niamh McCann – Actor
        347. Rory Pierce – Composer, cellist
        348. Will Irvine – Actor
        349. Gina Moxley – Actor/writer/director
        350. Joanna Thompson – Artist
        351. Alan Holly – Animation filmmaker
        352. Jim Maginn – Photographer
        353. Steve O’Sullivan (AKA Evil Uncle) – Musician
        354. Tob Swift – Musician
        355. Ella Clarke – Dance artist
        356. Gary Lawlor – Musician (The Druids)
        357. Mick Dunne – Musician (The Druids)
        358. Mick O’Brien – Musician (The Druids)
        359. Paddy Mangan – Musician (The Druids)
        360. Noni Stapleton – Actor
        361. Dahí Jim – Singer/writer
        362. Dee Roycroft – Writer, actor
        363. Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin – Musician
        364. Mary Barnecutt – Musician/writer
        365. Paul Murnaghan – Visual artist
        366. Oonagh Kearney – Filmmaker and writer
        367. Rossa Mullin – Filmmaker
        368. Grace Weir – Visual Artist
        369. Joe Walker – Visual Artist
        370. Pat Walker – Visual Artist
        371. Tamara Him – Photographer
        372. Thomas Mallon – Musician (Astralnaut)
        373. Seoidin O’Sullivan – Artist
        374. Jessica Traynor – Poet
        375. Paul McCloskey – Visual artist
        376. Mel Healy – Novelist
        377. Brian Cross – Photographer/Film-maker
        378. Margo Harkin – Filmmaker
        379. Steve Wall – Musician
        380. Kevin Curran – Author
        381. Adrienne Geoghegan – visual artist/writer
        382. Sean O’Reilly – Writer
        383. Anamaria Crowe Serrano – Poet
        384. Doireann Ní Ghríofa – Poet/File
        385. Séighean Ó Draoi – Sculptor
        386. Patricio Casssinoni – Artist and photographer
        387. Afric McGlinchey – Poet
        388. Dave Fleming – Musician
        389. John Conneely – Musician
        390. Jessamine O’Connor – Poet
        391. Petr Pandula – Musician
        392. Lia Mills – Writer
        393. Ceara Conway – Visual artist
        394. Steve Hanks – Musician
        395. Christodoulos Makris – Poet
        396. Derbhle Crotty – Actor
        397. Margo Carr – Actor, comedian
        398. John Joyce – Musician
        399. Kathleen Joyce – Musician
        400. Aindrias Stack – Actor, musician, storyteller
        401. Robin Parmar – Sound artist and poet
        402. Carmel McCreagh – Singer/Writer
        403. Seamas Mac Annaidh – Scribhneoir (Writer)
        404. Allen Kiely – Photographer
        405. Cathal Synnott – Musician
        406. Ronit Lentin – Novelist
        407. Adrian Kenny – Writer
        408. Lou McMahon – Singer/Songwriter
        409. Aoife Scott – Singer
        410. Frances Black – Singer
        411. David Carmody – Musician
        412. Vanessa Gildea – Filmmaker
        413. Barbara O’Meara – Visual artist
        414. Daniel Doyle – Sculptor
        415. Pat Nolan – Actor
        416. Rory Tangney – Artist
        417. Mark O’Halloran – Actor
        418. John Buckley – Visual artist
        419. Gari Deegan – Singer/songwriter
        420. Izumi Kimura – Pianist
        421. Tim Wallace-Murphy – Author
        422. Raymond Beggan – Photographer, musician
        423. Pat Boran – Poet
        424. Michael Budd – Blacksmith and sculptor
        425. Bernard Clarke – Radiophonic artist
        426. Don Lydon – Musician
        427. Nicki Griffin – Writer
        428. Raymond Keane – Actor, writer, director
        429. Desmond Traynor – Writer, musician
        430. Van Poynton – Filmmaker
        431. Liam Cagney – Writer
        432. Elder Roche – musician
        433. Cormac O’Leary – Visual artist
        434. Brian Hogan – Ceoltóir (Kíla)
        435. Colm Ó Snodaigh – Ceoltóir (Kíla)
        436. Tim Fleming – Cinematographe
        437. Gregory Daly – Musician
        438. Darragh Graham – Musician (Hermitage Green)
        439. Darragh Griffin – Musician (Hermitage Green)
        440. Dan Murphy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
        441. Barry Murphy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
        442. Dermot Sheedy – Musician (Hermitage Green)
        443. Ollie Plunkett – Musician (The Lost Messiahs)
        444. Ian Wilson – Composer
        445. Seán Hillen – Artist
        446. Wissam Abdel Samad – Photographer
        447. Mary Ryan – Actor, singer
        448. Krystyna Rawicz – Poet, artist
        449. Sueanne Moore – Artist
        450. Cian Finn – Singer/Songwriter
        451. Lorraine O’Brien – Musician
        452. Andrew Glenn – Artist
        453. Medbh Gillard – Artist
        454. Ciarán MacUilliam – Musician (Primordial)
        455. Michael O Floinn – Musician (Primordial)
        456. Simon O’Laoghaire – Musician (Primordial)
        457. Philip McFadden – Sculptor & artist
        458. Patrick Bradley – Painter & sculptor
        459. Audrey Doherty – Milliner and Raqs Sharqi artist (Eastern Dance)
        460. Joe O’Byrne – Writer/director
        461. Sarah Hayden – Writer
        462. Daithi Brophy – Painter
        463. Mary Kelly – Visual artist
        464. Ronan Tully – Theatre artist
        465. Vincent Wood – Composer and musician
        466. Niall Vallely – Musician
        467. Karan Casey – Singer
        468. Dan Acheson – Musician (The Wood Burning Savages)
        469. Wally Cassidy – Photographer
        470. Fatin Al-Tamimi – Photographer
        471. Deirdre Mackel – Artist
        472. June Butler – Artist
        473. Paul Walls – Artist
        474. Carl Taylor – Artist
        475. Colm Keegan – Writer, poet
        476. Kathleen McCreery – Writer, actor, director
        477. Colin Stanley – Musician (Big Bag of Tricks / Queen Elvis)
        478. Johanne Webb – Actor, director
        479. Siobhán Peoples – Musician
        480. Paul Brady – Singer/songwriter
        481. Breandán Clarke – Visual artist
        482. Colin Darke - Visual artist
        483. Brian Brannigan – Singer/songwriter (A Lazarus Soul)
        484. Mary Coughlan – Singer
        485. Áilbhe Hines – Performance artist / Community arts activist
        486. John Dorman – Architect, artist
        487. Aodán McCardle – Poet / Performance artist
        488. Jenny Bassett – Drama and movement practitioner
        489. Jim Roche – Architect
        490. Micilín Mac An Rí – Musician (The Blaggards)
        491. Jesse Jones – Visual artist
        492. Elizabeth Clyne – Architect
        493. Fergal Gaynor – Writer
        494. Tom O’Dea – Artist
        495. Mark Price – Architect
        496. Peter Clyne – Filmmaker
        497. Conor O’Reilly – Composer & musician
        498. Roisín O’Donnell – Writer
        499. Mary Byrne – Architect
        500. Wissame Cherfi – Filmmaker
        501. Jackie McKenna – Sculptor
        502. Cora Venus Lunny – Musician
        503. David G. Buckley – Singer/Songwriter
        504. Martin Tourish – Musician/ Composer
        505. Ali Morrison – Musician
        506. Sokol Koka – Musician
        507. Declan McHale – Irish dancer
        508. Édaín Ní Dhomhnaill – Visual artist
        509. Sorcha Fox – Actor
        510. Ben Williams (Mark Benjamin Williams) – Musician
        511. Duncan Patterson – Musician
        512. Ray Murphy - Visual Artist
        513. Fiachra Trench - Composer
        514. Caroline Kuyper- Craft Artist
        515. Kirsti Kotilainen - Visual Artist
        516. Hans-Christian Oeser - Literary Translator
        517. John Ennis - Poet
        518. Peter Duffy – Performer / Actor / Director / Choreographer
        519. Brenda Carroll - Visual Artist
        520. Brendan Dorris - Dancer
        521. Hannah Khalil - Writer
        522. Eleanor Methven - Actor
        523. Rosaleen Tanham- Visual Artist
        524. Rachael Hegarty- Poet/Writer
        525. Joseph Kelly - visual artist
        526. Paul Murray - Writer
        527. Ronan Tynan - Filmmaker
        528. William Leo Coakley – Poet
        529. Katharine May – Visual artist
        530. David Gepp - Photographer

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

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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

http://www.ipsc.ie/pledge/

Posted on 13-08-2010


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