Observes the justifiably outraged Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter:
"The Irish Palestinian Solidarity Group's [sic; presumably the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign] action in directing its members to 'target' the website of the musical group Dervish in order to intimidate the group into cancelling their planned concerts in Israel is nothing other than cyberbullying.
The invitation to Dervish to perform in Israel came from a fellow musician who worked to bridge divides between people through music for much of his life and the objective of the concerts was 'to promote love between two divided communities'.
It is absolutely understandable that the group, in the face of an 'avalanche of negativity' and 'venom' on social media websites took the decision to cancel their concerts -- but it is a great pity that the bullying tactics of the IPSG worked.
If the IPSG were in any way interested in promoting peace and reconciliation in a troubled part of the world they would recognise the value of cultural and artistic exchanges and the contribution such events make to fostering understanding and tolerance. But, unfortunately, IPSG's interest is not in peace and reconciliation."He pertinently added that the Irish anti-Israel activists ignore
"the constitutional rights of Irish citizens and those who live in this State to get on with their lives, to travel and to perform around the world free from bullying, intimidation and discrimination.
It is particularly extraordinary that the orchestrated campaign targeted at Dervish occurred at a time when thousands have lost their lives in Syria and the IPSG [sic] have remained silent about the crimes against humanity being committed there."If Norway is, by repute at any rate, the most antisemitic nation in Europe, then sections of the Emerald Isle's population cannot be far behind. If they are not, it's no thanks to the obsessive Israel-haters who ply their obnoxious trade in public with fanatical regularity, as we've seen in several videos over the years.
Here are our old friends from the dastardly Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, defaming Israel in Grafton Street, Dublin. While one (cultural boycott officer Raymond Deane) blares anti-Israel propaganda through a megaphone, a travesty of a "theatrical performance" is acted out, with a harsh-voiced Israel-demoniser dressed, it appears, in British army uniform, playing his Israel-defaming part with particular gusto.
"You are not human" is one of the insults that this fake IDF officer hurls at a "Palestinian".
As one disgusted commenter on YouTube observes:
'Is blowing yourself up in the middle of a bus, killing dozens of children, women, old people is part of the show. I wonder?