Irish artists announce cultural boycott of Israel
ver 150 Irish artists, musicians, and playwrights on Thursday announced a cultural boycott of Israel until “Israel complies with international law.”
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign said “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 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 statement said.
Who needs recycled IRA ballads and Stalin-era posters anyway.