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Sunday, August 11, 2013

'Bloody Hell, what have the Jews ever done to us?'

A great column by Carol Hunt in Sunday's Irish Independent tries to figure out why Ireland is so down on Israel.
But see, I'm confused. If encouraging greater trade and academic ties and "person to person" interaction is so great for forging human rights dialogue, then why is Israel, seemingly alone of all countries in the world, singled out for no-holds-barred censure and boycott?
If academic and cultural communication is good, then why did the TUI become the first trade union involved with education and academia in the EU to adopt a resolution calling on its members to "cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel"?
'Doing business with a country strengthens your ability to have dialogue on human rights'
If Eamon Gilmore has repeatedly said he is against cultural boycotts (and he showed admirable support for the Israeli Film Festival last year in the face of thuggish intimidation), why does Labour Youth call Israel an "apartheid state" (an insult to all people who have suffered under one) and profess support for BDS (Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions)?
"Duh", says everyone I speak to, "it's because of Palestine!"
Disturbingly, the truth is that a study conducted in May 2011 revealed that, of those Irish citizens questioned, over 1/5th would deny citizenship to Israelis, with 11.5 per cent stating they would deny Irish citizenship to all Jews, and less than 60 per cent saying they would accept a Jewish person into their family.
Bloody hell – what did the Jews ever do to us? As I said, answers on a postcard please.
Read the whole thing.

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At 11:44 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

To paraphrase James Joyce- there has never been a problem with Jews in Ireland. We never let them in.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger houdini said...

1. Irish are Catholics and have been brainwashed for centuries that Jews killed their Christ.

2. The Terror ridden IRA was/is aided by the PLO and other terrorist organs.


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