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The first-ever Israel Feis Irish Dance Festival, to be held in August 2015, was cancelled due to threats from pro-Palestinian BDS boycott campaign participants.

The first-ever Irish dance festival set to take place in Israel was terrorized away from Tel Aviv thanks to a campaign of threats to the performers, the school, and a “standard” BDS (boycott, divest and sanctions) petitions.

The Israeli Feis, scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv next month, was targeted by the Irish Palestinian Activists Collective who began the #DontDanceForIsrael campaign.

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An online petition against organizers of the feis and supporting “the appeal of the Palestinian people to Boycott, Divest and Sanction, BDS, the Apartheid state of Israel” was also launched by Amanda Crawford in Dublin.

The Irish Friends of Palestine, whose Facebook page had garnered 12,575 “Likes” by Wednesday, posted a statement calling the cancellation of the event a #BDS Victory Ireland.

In a statement announcing its cancellation of the event, the Carey Academy explained, “Not long ago the feis [FaceBook] page started to be attacked by a radical political group called Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) led by Raymond Deane, Kevin Squires and Amanda Crawford. Threatening messages were sent not only to our teachers, but also parents and students.

“Age, nationality, or religious beliefs do not matter to us. Unfortunately, there was a protest outside of our dance studio. We do not want to risk safety of anyone connected to the Carey Academy. The feis was not meant to be anything more than what it really is – a celebration of dancing, friendship and joy.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to people who may have already booked tickets, but I am sure you understand the safety of our dancers is our number one priority.”

The Academy had previously stated that “running a feis in Israel does not mean we support or are involved with the Israeli government or any extremist groups in any way shape or form.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Did you read the article? did you read the part about protests breing held outside the dance studio? Were you there and did you hear the threats? Or are you ust making up stories to say there is nothing to be worried about? You have proven you are not a nice person and do not understand what you are talking about!

  2. I have planned a trip to Europe this summer and was including Ireland as a place of interest to visit! I have now taken Ireland off my list and have included them in a place to boycott. I will encourage everyone I know to do the same.

  3. Edward, I am sorry that your wife feels afraid to go to Israel. Personally, I think that there are dangers anywhere in the world. Israel, on the whole, feels safe. If we let fear rule our lives, then we will be giving in to all the thugs, bullies and terrorists in the world. Please tell your wife that Israel is a beautiful country, a miracle, and she should experience it!

  4. Sylvie Schapira Sylvie I believe you are correct! However she is my wife and I love and adore her (we have been together over 51 years) and if she doesn't want to go because she is afraid, then we do not go. I'll never forget the time my parents went to Hawaii on a vacation (in the early '70's) and when they came back and I asked how the trip was, my father said great and my mother said horrible! My father was in Hawaii when the war started and my mother spent the vacation looking for blond blue eyed children instead of having a good time. I am afraid my wife would be looking over her shoulder for "bad guys" and not enjoying the homeland!

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