Ireland

New low as racist abuse aimed at Irish politician Alan Shatter

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

The campaign of antisemitic abuse against Ireland’s most senior Jewish politician has intensified with images of Nazi soldiers, swastikas and a package of white powder sent to his home.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s Jewish background, support for Israel and even domestic reform policies have been used as excuses for antisemitic insults.

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Council tribute to aristocrat who was Ireland’s first lady of giving

By Rosa Doherty, January 30, 2014

A council in Ireland has honoured the figure regarded as “the most important Jewish woman in Irish history” by opening a bridge in her name.

Kilkenny City Borough Council was due to unveil the Lady Desart pedestrian bridge this week as a tribute to philanthropist Ellen Odette Bischoffsheim — known in Ireland as the Countess of Desart after her marriage to a local peer.

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Irish TV channel retracts Ariel Sharon massacre claim

By Charlotte Oliver, January 30, 2014

An Irish television channel has admitted it “was not correct” in its coverage of Ariel Sharon, after reporting that the former Israeli prime minister led the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut in 1982.

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Irish teachers’ ban challenged

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Israeli students are expected to travel to Ireland to challenge a teachers union’s academic boycott.

The initiative, planned by the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel (Nifi) group, follows the Teachers Union of Ireland vote in April to boycott all collaboration with Israel.

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Irish MEP’s peace plan? A new intifada

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2013

An Irish politician has defended comments in which he appeared to call for a violent Palestinian uprising.

Paul Murphy, a Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, said his suggestion of a new intifada to defeat “Israeli oppression” was “entirely justified and clearly necessary”.

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Israel tourism posters are defaced in Ireland

By Marcus Dysch, May 2, 2013

Posters promoting tourism to Israel have been defaced in Cork, Ireland. The adverts, urging people to “Visit Israel”, were placed in bus shelters in the city last week, but a number were vandalised within 24 hours.

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An Irish union’s boycott fallacy

By Raphael Cohen-Almagor, April 19, 2013

Dr Ilan Saban is a lecturer at the University of Haifa who devotes much of his time defending and promoting the rights of Palestinians. But if he were to post one of his articles on the subject to a journal in Ireland, his envelope might not be opened, simply because it had come from Israel.

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Van Morrison mourns Mr Jazz

By Joe Cohen, April 16, 2013

Irish musical legend Van Morrison was among those at the funeral of Belfast jazz and art aficionado Solly Lipsitz — known affectionately as Mr Jazz — who died at the age of 92 following a short illness.

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Irish teachers say boycott move is a ‘back-handed compliment’

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2013

The academic boycott of Israel imposed by the Teachers Union of Ireland is a “backhanded compliment”, the union’s general secretary has claimed.

John MacGabhann said the TUI “expected more” of Israel than it did of other countries and felt a “sense of disappointment” in the actions of successive Israeli governments.

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Hizbollah row may lead to Irish cabinet split

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2013

The Irish Defence Minister may have created a potential domestic dispute with government colleagues after suggesting it was “not valid” to differentiate between Hizbollah’s political and military wings.

Alan Shatter appeared to depart from government policy by questioning the separation of the Iranian-backed terror group’s wings by a number of European governments

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