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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Shattering honesty

March 15, 2013

When Alan Shatter lost his seat in the Irish parliament in 2002, after 21 years, some assumed his political career was over. But the feisty lawyer returned in 2007 and now, as the only Jewish member of the Irish government, he is Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.


TV host rapped for 'cancer' slur

March 7, 2013

Irish TV channel TV3 has been ordered to apologise live on air after its presenter Vincent Browne called Israel a “cancer”.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has upheld a complaint against the well-known TV host of Tonight With Vincent Browne, who said on an October show that Israel was “the cancer in foreign affairs”.


How Dublin's hi-tech invasion is leaving Irish eyes smiling

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Ireland has shed its reputation as a hotbed of anti-Israel activism, according to the republic’s only Jewish minister.

Alan Shatter, Minister of Justice, Equality and Defence, and one of Israel’s most outspoken defenders in Ireland, said the public hostility of recent years had now been replaced with a pragmatic realism, giving Israel supporters cause for hope rather than despair.


Embassy’s lack of Irish charm

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2012

When it comes to publicity, someone should tell the Israeli Embassy in Ireland that there are better ways to promote Israel’s cause than posting a distasteful message next to a photo of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.