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Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling On Israel

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In addition to its charitable endeavors for Israel, ICFI has launched political campaigns to persuade the Irish government to back off on its support for a boycott of Israel.

“We appeal to [Eamon Gilmore] not to use the last EU Foreign Ministers Council meeting to sponsor the labeling of West Bank settlement products and the subsequent proposed ban on them,” ICFI said in a recent press statement.

Groups like ICFI face an uphill battle. In the spring, a small group called Irish4Israel, which was launched in 2010 by Barry Williams, a student at Ireland’s University College Cork, raised more than $2,000 in 10 days with the help of BlueStar, a pro-Israel advocacy based in San Francisco, to launch a poster campaign in Ireland promoting Israeli tourism. But within 24 hours of being put up, the posters were vandalized.

Despite efforts to boycott Israel, trade between Ireland and Israel has grown significantly. Israel has become one of Ireland’s fastest-growing trade partners, rising from 26th in 2010 to 14th in 2011.

Additionally, both the Irish and Israeli embassies hold a wide variety of cultural events in each other’s countries. Irish musicians and dancers regularly perform in Israel, while the Israeli embassy in Ireland holds many informational events about Israel and shared Irish-Jewish history. One of the most famous personalities in that history was Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, who was chief rabbi of Ireland’s small Jewish community before becoming Israel’s first Ashkenazi chief rabbi.

But if Israel hopes to once again have Irish eyes smile upon the Jewish state, reaching out to the Irish may require more than state-to-state relations.

“The Arab people and their supporters tend to understand Irish culture better,” said Monaghan. “[The Israelis] often assume that Western people will understand [them] without establishing relationships. But…Israel needs to take the time explain the rightness of its case on a personal level.”

(JNS)

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17 Responses to “Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling On Israel”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    Rav Herzog z'tz'l is turning over in his grave.

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    And Ireland has absolutely no history of anti-Semitism!

  3. Eli Neuberger says:

    didn't the IRA host Plo training camps?

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    I don't think they were camps per say but they absolutely trained Palestinian bombers. The designs of some Palestinian bombs were identical to some IRA bombs.

  5. The Irish don't seem to understand that Jews came from Judea and the Arabs from Arabia.

  6. Frankly Israel I wouldn't take Ireland seriously. Their government is corrupt, selling out Irish oil and gas to Shell, this would have provided long term economic growth and jobs. Ahern, last PM took bribes as well others. Anglo Irish Bank must be the biggest scandal in Europe. The Irish building societies tried to play the markets and made losses. Tax incentives provided to a glut of property to be built. The housing market is and was over inflated, there is a glut of over 1 million new empty properties and offices all over Ireland deteriorating all over the nation. Some Sheik from Saudi has just provided funds to build a huge complex for the 60,000 muslims in Ireland out of a population of 4.5 million. Most of the younger generation with the exception of a few thousand have left for Australia, the States and the UK. Medical staff are being laid off, the government is paying 3 years half salary for doctors to take time out and work abroad or retrain. My son-in-law is a Doctor who leaves for Italy in October and for the UK as an RMO in private practice. The Irish still carp about the English and I assure you antisemitism is rife in this country. I personally know the gentleman who raised the money and I hope he will make Aliyha. During WWII Ireland was neutral and ostracized any Irishmen (protestants) who wanted to fight with Europe against the Germans. There are many Germans here from the War, in 2006 I found a copy of Mine Kampf original edition signed by Hitler in a Galway Book shop. The rest of Europe see them as a joke, Disiduous trees were to planted with an EU grant, all that was planted was pine, the EU are suing. The EU funded huge amounts of road building and infrastructure which Ireland now has difficulty paying back, undoubtedly this money found it's way into private hands and banks to fund the collapsed property boom. Corporation tax is 12.5% no one seems to investing, general level of education is low and religious oriented or Irish language oriented. Israel is simply a pimple with little education for international politics or the Middle East crises.

  7. the irish are fabissiner jew haters inculcated with hatred from its churches, it's catholic schools and the priest down the street. they are unrecoverable anti semites who still admire the nazis and now love muslims. forget them.

  8. Scott Ward says:

    i agree with you, Viv. I am of irish ancestry and this shame me.

  9. One more comment on Ireland, Israel. The National broadcasting station of Ireland RTE stated on Monday evenings news Israel had again attacked Gaza, not mentioning that Israel had been struck by seven rockets from Gaza and Israel was forced to retaliate. Ireland needs a real shake out, a government made up right thinking mature adults unlike Cameron of the UK equally as bad. I have been forced to live here, I regret, because the price of British property became prohibitive. The so called Celtic Tiger was on it's way down when I moved here, and before this my experience in high power investment banking showed me there was no such thing as a Celtic Tiger, merely a load of blarney!

  10. Yes he is, I can't even easily get to synagogue here in Ireland. The nearest is two hours away, most Jewish people have left.

  11. This is correct Loren, have a holiday a brief one and you'll see the level of ignorance and sentimentality!

  12. If I were you Scott I'd keep quiet about it. There were many Catholic girls who managed to persuade a good Jewish man to drag them out of the dump of Ireland.

  13. Absolutely Judith, the Priests turned out to be Pedophiles, as no doubt you've read in the press. Magdaleine Laundries is another Catholic scandal. Pagan festivals are still celebrated here under the guise of Catholic Saints.

  14. Phoque Hiu says:

    it's been written, all nations will rise against israel…

  15. the second most powerful man in ireland is an orthodox jew called alan shatter. he controls the army the police and the judiciary and the mayor of dublin for years was jewish. the ira bye the way destroyed the nazis in ireland in the 30s as they literally attacked them on the streets of dublin whenever they appeared.

  16. now be careful about not taking ireland seriously. on the face of it they have little say in international politics but scratch a little and you will find out that in the political field they do. nearly every american president since kennedy has been of irish origin including the present one obama.

  17. now as for the irish being jew haters being taught this in irish catholic schools. this is also crud. if this was the case then why did jewish parents push to get their children into irish catholic schools. I mean pedo priests did exist but the vast majority were not pedos. that's like accusing the jews of being responsible for economic meltdowns. maybe there are a few in high financial positions who are responsible for this nonsense but certainly not all jews.

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