Here’s some heartening news, reaffirming
that the boycott of Israel – the world’s only surviving apartheid
state – is gaining
ever greater momentum.
According to Electronic Intifada,
more than 140
academics in Ireland have signed
The signatories are from Irish higher education institutions and
include many well-known figures, such as Seamus Deane, Ailbhe
Smyth, Luke Gibbons, Ronit Lentin, Joe Cleary, Kieran Allen,
Kathleen Lynch, Tadhg Foley, Terrence McDonough and Helena
The pledge was announced at the launch
for Palestine, which took place in
the Irish capital, Dublin, on 20 February (see video below).
Conor McCarthy, lecturer in English at the National University of
Ireland Maynooth welcomed the initiative, saying that
Speaking at the launch Ghada Karmi of Exeter University in the UK,
Also speaking at the launch, Israeli professor and film-maker Haim
Bresheeth said the initiative represents “civic action of citizens
and academics who take up their responsibility”.
“Boycott does work,” Bresheeth added.