Ireland Becomes Third EU State To Defend BDS Movement

The Irish government has said that the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement represents a “legitimate” means of protest “intended to pressure Israel into ending the occupation.”

This is another blow to the Israeli campaign to criminalize Palestine solidarity activism, following an announcement by the Netherlands last week supporting its people’s right to join the BDS movement against Israel.

The Electronic Intifada reports:

In the Irish parliament on Thursday, foreign minister Charles Flanagan stated that “while the government does not itself support such a policy,” the BDS movement holds a “legitimate political viewpoint” and that the government does “not agree with attempts to demonize those who advocate this policy.”

Second blow in a week

This is the second major setback Israel has suffered this week to its campaign to delegitimize and criminalize the global movement within the European Union and other Western states.

Ireland is the third EU government to make such a statement in recent months.

Earlier this week, Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders said that “statements or meetings concerning BDS are protected by freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, as enshrined in the Dutch constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.”

In March, the Swedish foreign ministry stated that BDS “is a civil society movement. Governments should not interfere in civil society organization views.”

At Israel’s urging, governments in the US, UK, France, Canada and elsewhere are attempting to introduce anti-democratic legislation, and taking other repressive measures to undermine the BDS movement.

Israel has also said that it is using its intelligence services to spy on BDS activists around the world.

Gilad Erdan, the Israeli cabinet minister charged with combating the global movement, described BDS activists as threats, saying they must “pay the price” for their campaign work.

“With the Netherlands and Ireland joining Sweden in defending the right to advocate and campaign for Palestinian rights under international law through BDS, Israel’s attempt to get BDS outlawed in Europe and to bully its supporters into silence have been dealt a serious blow,” said Riya Hassan, Europe coordinator for the Palestinian BDS National Committee.

“Israel’s attacks on our movement appear to be backfiring as they have led to European governments and some of the world’s most famous human rights organizations and political organizations across Europe and the world speaking out in defense of our right to advocate BDS,” Hassan added.

“Across European civil society, there is a fast spreading recognition of the BDS movement as a legitimate form of nonviolent, grassroots human rights advocacy for the UN-stipulated rights of the Palestinian people,” Hassan said.

  • Distressed7

    I respect IRELAND’S step in the direction of the noble and honored. Ireland stands strong against the perverse hypocrisy
    Of Israeli shakedown practices.

    • Ken Kelso

      Fatah glorifies terrorists who hacked to death Kristen Luken in Israel.
      Poor Ireland has to support Arab savages.

      • chasdurham


        • Alana Ronald

          What murder? You are repeating anti-semitic lies. The Arab population in the Mideast, including in Israel is growing exponentially,

      • Distressed7

        Yeh…I know. You’re God’s gift to the world. You people never do anything wrong. Hey! You are perfect.
        Funny though…how your gang sounds a lot like the guys who ran the Holocaust.

    • Ken Kelso

      Distressed7 stands with Palestinian Nazis.
      Palestinian Authority Rewards Terrorists for Number of Jews They Kill

      • chasdurham


        • Alana Ronald

          Show how it is “their” land. Jews bought every bit at overinflated prices ($1100 per dunam for swamp & desert vs. $100 for fertile land in the US at the time) from the reps of the Turkish Sultan & wealth, & absentee landlords like Sursuk family, who profited greatly from the land sales..

          • Magdalene

            Whatever the exchange of the Balfour Agreement, Israel DID NOT get the West Bank, Gaza or the right to deny people to return to their homes. They did not buy the right to illegally occupy what was left of Palestine and set up an Apartheid system that imprisons an entire population. They did not buy the opportunity to ethnically cleanse the indigenous people, tear down their homes and illegally build on land that is not theirs; withhold water, electric, fishing, control their air space…how long must this list get for you to back off? They got the land they got; NOT whatever else they can steal.

  • Paul Kelly

    Ireland has a history of being anti emetic so this comes as no surprise. Do well to pay close attention to the implied threat by Israel that it’s intelligence service are watching Good friends but BAD enemies which probably explains the Irish Government only half hearted support They know the score and Ireland needs all the friends it can get !! Best keep shut! How soon we forget The terrorist held Irish journalist for years. Our days of supporting any old rebel cause is OVER time to grow up and smell the coffee.

    • Ricardo Silva

      Being anti-emetic, as you wrote, is being against ‘causing vomiting, as a medicinal substance’ according to the dictionary. The rest of your comment is extremely difficult to understand. If English is your first language, I believe it must be very embarrassing to be outwitted by someone whose English was learnt as a third language. Have a good day, Mr. Kelly.

      • chasdurham

        Ricardo, do you really think this beaksters name is kelly? won’t use his real name. THE IRISH ARE 20 TIMES MORE INFORMED ABOUT HISTORIES NUMBER ONE THUGS AND THIEVES.

    • chasdurham


      • Ken Kelso

        Palestinians have no soul.
        Hamas, Fatah Officials Praise Terrorist Who Killed Israeli Baby in Jerusalem.
        OCTOBER 24, 2014

        Palestinians across the political spectrum are praising Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem, which resulted in the death of a three-month-old Israeli baby. A car driven by a suspected Hamas member crashed into a crowd at a light-rail station, killing the baby girl and injuring eight others.

        An official Hamas statement refers to the infant as a “female settler,” and urges Palestinians to “escalate the confrontations” against Israel in various locations, a translation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism shows.

        “The Islamic Resistance Movement ‘Hamas’ praises its son, the hero martyr Abd al Rahman Idris al-Shaludi (23 years) implementer of the operation of running over the settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, which led to the death of a female settler and the injury of 8 others,” the Hamas statement reads.

        Moreover, Sultan Al-Einein, an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, praised the terrorist, referring to him as a “heroic Martyr,” a Palestinian Media Watch translation of his official Facebook page said. Shaludi was shot by police and later died from his injuries

        Al-Einein has glorified terrorists in the past, leading five members of Congress to demand that Abbas fire him and condemn his views. Abbas has ignored the American pressure.

        Abbas’ Fatah party also glorified the terrorist’s actions, posting an obituary on its official Facebook page.

        “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah)-Silwan branch accompanies to his wedding the heroic Martyr Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaludi, who carried out the Jerusalem operation, in which settlers in the occupied city of Jerusalem were run over. Rest in peace! We are loyal to you,” the Fatah statement said.

        Abbas’ refusal to reprimand Al-Einein and failure to hold other officials accountable lends tacit approval of the terrorist glorification sentiment that is prevalent throughout senior ranks of the Palestinian Authority and Fatah.

    • Ard Rua

      Richardo, you know as well I do what he meant, but you chose to be the grammar nazi, I am Irish, the government in Ireland are a useless and inept government, the IDF ambassador ( I do not recognise the state formed in 1948) regularly lambasts our government, taunting them through tweets etc, and they do nothing to fix this, the fact that they have supported this BDS, is a step in at least leaning over the fence it is so used to sitting on. I hope this message is grammatically correct, as I would hate to have you, an esteemed man who uses English as a third language, be forced to sit through a comment such as Mr. Kellys again, as our language was forced on us, our first language virtually obliterated, unlike your fine upstanding self, who through name seem to be Portuguese or Spanish and halved the world between you. As a final plea to the ignorance of Mr. Kelly and his use of the language, I would hope you would find it in your heart to find err with any country across the world that you historically pillaged and plundered and forced a national language upon. However if you are of a country where you speak the language due to historical occupation, please understand that your comment is neither wanted nor bothered with.

      • Ricardo Silva

        Greetings Mr. Rua,

        I am a proud supporter of the Palestinian right to self determination, as well as any other nation living in oppression. That includes our dear Irish brothers and sisters who to this day live under English occupation in the North. European languages have a history of being forced on non-European peoples. As a student whose field is European Colonial History I am well aware of the atrocities committed both against the Irish and other European nations who were occupied; and the former colonial territories across the world. My ‘upstanding self’ was having trouble understanding if Mr. Kelly’s comment was a critique of the Irish government ruling on BDS (which is a grassroots movement I wholeheartedly support) or a praise. On a side note, and since we do not know each other, I would like to add that I am often criticized by fellow Portuguese for being an adamant critic of the Portuguese deep-rooted historical and systemic racism (no doubt a product of our Eurocentristic and Imperial legacy from the old days). Therefore, I acknowledge your words and apologize if Mr. Kelly is indeed from Éire and my previous comment was in any way offensive.

        Warmest regards,


    • chasdurham

      ALL THOSE WHO despise zio/nazis are anti semites boo hoo. only israel would glorify the treasonous prick jonathon pollard.

  • Ken Kelso
  • Ken Kelso

    Best site exposing the Islamo fascists BDS are.

  • Ken Kelso

    Ireland gives into BDS thugs.
    Good article about how BDS are brown shirts like the Nazis.
    Paul McCartney: They Threatened to Kill Me if I Played in Israel
    Artists who perform in Israel aren’t just worried about selling tickets, but about their safety, as they are targeted by BDS groups.
    By David Lev
    First Publish: 7/10/2013

    When rock legend Paul McCartney came to Israel in 2008, he was, at least to some extent, taking his life in his hands. Not because of Israel’s sometimes precarious security situation, but because he was threatened by BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) anti-Israel groups. “I got death threats, but I’m coming anyway,” the singer was quoted as saying by Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs researcher Adam Shay.

    “I got explicit death threats, but I have no intention of surrendering. I refuse to cancel my performances in Israel,” Shay quoted McCartney as saying.

    The former Beatle is not alone.

    Dozens of other artists who schedule dates in Israel are lobbied, bullied, threatened, and even attacked at concerts by anti-Israel groups who are bent on isolating Israel culturally, as well as economically. Many artists, said Shay, claimed that their web sites have been attacked by hackers right before theirIsraeli concerts.

    Alicia Keys, who recently played a concert here last week, supplies the latest example of intimidation faced by artists who play Israel. Several of her fellow singers – notably Elvis Costello and Roger Waters – urged her to cancel, calling Israel an “apartheid state,” and Keys’ Facebook page was littered with condemnations of her on the day of the concert. Costello himself cancelled a concert in Israel in 2010, as did Carlos Santana, after being hectored by anti-Israel groups. Other notables who have cancelled planned concerts in Israel are Jon Bon Jovi, the Yardbirds, Joe Lynn Turner, and the Pixies. Spanish singer Paco Ibanez went one better, telling a French newspaper that he is boycotting the Hebrew language, which he can speak, for political reasons.

    But despite the pressure and threats, there are many artists who continue to play Israel. In the past month, rock bands Deep Purple and the Pet Shop Boys have held concerts in Israel, and American artist Rihanna is scheduled to take her second tour here in October. And of course, there was Madonna.

    Many of these artists, Shay said, decided to perform in Israel despite the threats. “When singer Moby was interviewed on Army Radio shortly before he performed in Israel, he said that the intensity of the attacks against him before he came to Israel made him suspect that this wasn’t an objective movement that was concerned with people’s welfare, but with something dark and dubious.” Unfortunately, though, “most artists just don’t want to deal with it. It’s much easier for them to release a statement that they won’t be appearing in Israel ‘for reasons of conscience’ rather than to say their lives are being threatened and they’re frightened.”

  • Ken Kelso

    Omar Barghouti, the BDS Hypocrite

    Omar was born in Qatar, grew up in Egypt, attended Columbia University in the United states and moved to Ramallah as an adult. While telling Palestinians to boycott everything Israeli and Israeli Academia in particular, Omar applied not to a Palestinian University to take graduate studies but to Tel Aviv University where he was accepted as just another student.

    Omar also speaks the language of collective, universal human rights for Palestinians but denies that Israelis have any such rights. According to Omar Jews are not a people and they had and have no right to self determination of a Jewish state, no right to their own culture, customs, laws or government institutions and he demands these rights be taken away from Israeli Jews and that they be forced to live with a people who are highly an-Semitic. (According to the ADL over 90% of the Palestinian Arab population in the West Bank and Gaza is anti-Semitic.)

    Omar is a hypocrite because he talks about BDS being non-violent when he supports Palestinian resistance, all forms of Palestinian resistance. This means he accepts violence as a Palestinian right to achieve his goal of the destruction of a Jewish state and replacement by another Arab dominated state. This means he supports resistance in all forms such as suicide bombings, cutting the throats of Israeli children in their beds or blowing them up on their way to school or home. In reality his position is no different than that of Hamas’ charter except that he seeks a secular state instead of a theocratic state.

    Roberta Seid attended a lecture of Omar’s at UCLA in January 2014. She wrote:

    “[Omar] banged the drum for more bloodshed against Israeli Jews, for a fight to the finish that would undo the results of the 1948 war and be Zionism’s death knell.”

    “[Omar]hurled blood libels. Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian children “for sport.” Indeed, they “provoke” the children, “entice them like mice, and then shoot them” for no reason. Often, it is just because the soldiers are “bored.”

    “He justified terrorism against Israelis, defending the Palestinians’ right to “resistance by any means, including armed resistance.”

    “Barghouti repeatedly denied that Jews are one of the indigenous peoples of the region. When an Israeli stood up and said he is a 10th-generation Israeli and indigenous, Barghouti scoffed. “You aren’t indigenous just because you say you are.”

    “He denied that the Jewish people have a right to self-determination. They are not a people, he declaimed, and the United Nations’ principle of the right to self-determination applies only to colonized people who want to acquire their rights. While he insisted that Palestinians must have “the right to have rights,” he denied that the Jewish people had any collective rights.”

    “When asked what he is doing to bring Hamas, the popular Palestinian fundamentalist movement that oppresses women and minorities and wants to establish a theocracy, to share his supposedly progressive vision, he sidestepped the question.”

    Seid wrapped up his article on Omar’s speech

    “I have often wondered what Jews or decent people could have done to push back against the anti-Semitic propaganda of 1930s Germany. I don’t know. But I do know that Omar Barghouti follows in that tradition of the “big lies,” the dehumanization of Israelis and incitement that would lead others to justify or excuse those who murder Israeli Jews. Historically, Jewish blood has been cheap too many times. It is critical that people of good will mobilize to protest and discredit the lies, educate the public, and re-educate the students who have been misled by the heady blend of bigotry, idealism and furious outrage that animates extremists like Barghouti.”

    • chasdurham


      • Alana Ronald

        Arabs in Israel are more free than in any other country in the Mideast. Apartheid is plentiful in the Arab world.
        Oh, & I’ve lived & worked there, & among Arabs, Jews, Christians, Baha’i & Buddhists have you? Or are you just spewing hate-filled lies & propaganda you see on the net?

        • chasdurham