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The Bullying Tactics of the Irish Anti-Israel IPSC
Anne writes in Anne's Opinions:
The BDS movement can chalk up another minor victory when the Irish folk band Dervish were forced to pull out of a concert in Israel recently after yet another anti-Israel onslaught by the pro-Palestinian (or rather, anti-Israel) Irish Palestinian Solidarity group (IPSC or IPSG) – whom I mentioned in a previous article on antisemitism in Ireland. The Irish Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, is outraged and has accused the group of cyberbullying:
Justice Minister Alan Shatter has launched a blistering attack on the Irish Palestinian Solidarity Group (IPSG), accusing them of “cyberbullying” folk group Dervish who were forced to pull out of a planned concert in Israel after a concerted campaign.
The band cancelled the tour planned for June, citing an “avalanche of negativity” and “venom” directed towards them on social media websites. Dervish singer Cathy Jordan said the band members were not politically minded and were only due to go on the three-date tour at the invitation of an Israeli friend and musician called Avshalom.
Ms Jordan wrote on the band’s Facebook page: “In hindsight, it was very naive of me to think our motives would not be misunderstood and misrepresented.”
No, Ms. Jordan. You were not naive. You are musicians who shouldn’t have to premeditate your motives for going on a concert tour. Politics should not be involved in culture.
The group said they have opted out of the tour because they were unaware there was a cultural boycott in place when they agreed to the performances. In fact, there is no official boycott of Israel and artists are free to play in the country if they wish.
Well said. Bullies like the IPSC make sure that their
victims targets do not know the full truth.
Now Mr Shatter, who is Jewish, has delivered a broadside against the band’s critics.
Why the need to mention Mr. Shatter’s religion? Of course, this is a rhetorical question. The newspaper implies that it is his religion which is the sole reason he is defending Israel. No other civilized person could sanction such a defence apparently.
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