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Irish Teachers Approve Academic Boycott of Israel

Shurat Hadin reports:

The Teachers Union of Ireland recently voted to end all academic links to the Jewish democracy, including joint research and exchange programs. The resolution, which calls Israel an “apartheid state,” was unanimously passed and stresses that the body must “cease cultural and academic collaboration with Israel, including the exchange of scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as all cooperation in research programs.”

The union represents more than 15,000 teachers and lecturers. The motion further demands the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to “step up its campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the apartheid state of Israel until it lifts its illegal siege of Gaza and its illegal occupation of the West Bank, and agrees to abide by International law and all UN Resolutions against it.”

One of the backers of the resolution noted that the “BDS is a noble non-violent method of resisting Israeli militarism, occupation and apartheid, and there is no question that Israel is implementing apartheid policies against the Palestinians. Indeed, many veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa have said that it’s worse than what was experienced there.”

The measure is thought to be the first full academic boycott approved by a European teaching union and leaders within the union have now moved to call on all European academic unions to approve similar motions.

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14 Responses to “Irish Teachers Approve Academic Boycott of Israel”

  1. Stewart Winter-Jaffey says:

    ****in' drunk micks!

  2. Then Jews should boycott Ireland. We need to respond in kind.

  3. Their lost. Irish dumb as potatoes!

  4. If the teachers union is going to boycott academic collaboration with Israel, they should at least make this one exception: Read the Scriptures that God gave to us through the Jews and make sure you are not opposing God. In your endeavors, you should at least make sure you are not making a grave mistake. http://483years.blogspot.com/

  5. Watch your language, and why write something that it to Irish the equivalent of a stupid anti-semitic comment?

  6. Response to Stewart Winter-Jaffey:
    Watch your language, and why write something that it to Irish the equivalent of a stupid anti-semitic comment?

    Response to Shemayah Shiloh Phillips:
    One of a number of teacher unions in Ireland passed that resolution. If you eel any need to "respond in kind," then boycott the TUI (Teachers Union of Ireland), not the entire country! Seems to me that you'd be legitimizing boycotting otherwise, and tarring an entire country for the sins of one organization within it.

    Response to Robert King Barrett:
    See response to Winter-Jaffey, above. Keep your prejudices to yourself.

    Response to David Tiffany:
    I don't expect teachers unions anywhere to base policy on "read[ing] the Scriptures that God gave to us through the Jews" – there are any manner of religions and their texts that believe they know how to "make sure you are not opposing God."

  7. I don't expect teachers unions anywhere to base policy on "read[ing] the Scriptures that God gave to us through the Jews" – there are any manner of religions and their texts that believe they know how to "make sure you are not opposing God."

  8. Tim Upham says:

    Is it because no one is learning Irish in Israel? Irish is taught from grade 1 to 12 in Ireland, but after they learn it, they hardly ever use it. Because when I was in Ireland, everybody spoke English. How successful has been education in Ireland? Because this mandatory teaching of Irish, has just brought back a museum language, not one that has everyday use to it.

  9. I feel bad for ireland s kids as if there teachers are so stupid and there facts are ridiculous they are going to get a bad education no job and flood the us like the.potato famine.the rest of the worldnt couldn't care less about 15000 dumb Irish teachers.maybe they are the reason Ireland is in the toilet

  10. Romans 9:4-5, "Theirs (the Jews) is the adoption as sons, theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen." Yes, there are many who would claim to tell us how to not oppose God. But they are not all right. God has revealed Himself through the Jews, and He gave us the Scriptures through the Jews. The biggest mistake with this BDS is that it is based on Israel being occupied by the Jews, when in fact God gave the land of Israel to the Jews.

  11. Yechiel Baum says:

    Irish have always been anti-Semitic and even allied themselves to Hitler (Joe Kennedy and clan), so lack of Jewish/Israeli education will leave room in their heads of wiskey which is the one thing they tolerate, worship, and can fill up with.

  12. David Baden says:

    Don't these politically braiwashed fools realise that they are playing right into the hands of Islamic terrorists who not only want the total destruction of Israel but the values of the West in general.as witnessed by bombings all over the world.Wake up Europe!

  13. אתאל עזרן says:

    Who cares

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