Irish artists pledge cultural boycott of Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 150 Irish artists have said they will participate in a cultural boycott of Israel.

The artists signed a pledge saying that they will not perform or exhibit in Israel or accept funding from institutions linked to the Israeli government, the Irish Times reported last Friday.

The boycott was organized by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which told the Irish Times that the boycott was in protest of Israel’s “treatment of the Palestinian people."

The pledge says that the boycott will last “until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.”

Raymond Deane of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign told the Irish Times that this means “at least an end of the occupation of Palestine; dismantling or at least stopping the settlements; and Israel negotiating in good faith with the Palestinians.”

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