Letter backing academic boycott of Israel published in Irish Times

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More than 120 academics sign Irish newspaper boycott declaration

A letter in today’s Irish Times sees more than 120 Irish and Irish-based academics declare their support for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

The scholars said they were “disturbed by the involvement of Israeli higher education institutions in Israel’s military and security industries, by EU institutional involvement in funding Israeli research, and by the research and development collaboration between Irish and Israeli higher-education institutions”.

They said they would respond to the appeal from Palestinian civil society and avoid co-operation with those institutions.

Contrary to the order presented by the newspaper, the letter’s lead author is Dr Ronit Lentin, retired associate professor of sociology from Trinity College Dublin and herself an Israeli citizen.

As part of the Irish organisation Academics for Palestine, Dr Lentin produced the letter as a rapid Irish contribution to the growing international boycott movement.

That growth was reflected in last week’s advertisement in the Guardian newspaper, which saw more than 340 British-based academics sign a similar declaration.

Since its launch nearly two years ago Academics for Palestine has secured formal pledges to boycott Israeli academic institutions from more than 200 Irish academics.

See below for the full list of signatories to today’s letter, and below that an up-to-date list of those who have endorsed the formal pledge as circulated by Palestinian civil society organisations to observe a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

Signatories to Irish Times letter

Dr Ronit Lentin (retired), TCD, joint PRO Academics for Palestine

Harry Browne, DIT, joint PRO Academics for Palestine

Prof Des Bell, NCAD

Prof Seamus Deane,  Emeritus Keough Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame

Prof  John Doyle, DCU

Prof Conleth D. Hussey, UL

Prof Gerry Kearns, Maynooth University

Prof Kathleen Lynch, UCD

Prof Damian McCormack, UCD

Prof Terrence McDonough, NUIG

Prof Karen McElrath, Fayetteville State University, USA

Prof Cahal McLaughlin, Queen’s University Belfast

Prof John Pinkerton, QUB

Dr John Kelly, Emeritus Professor, UCD

Prof Sam Porter, QUB

Dr Helena Sheehan, Emeritus Professor, DCU

John Waddell, Emeritus Professor, NUIG

Eyad Abu-Khiran, University and College Union, QUB

Dr Barbara Bradby (retired), TCD

Elaine Bradley, PHD candidate, TCD

Dr Audrey Bryan, St Patrick’s College, DCU

Dr James Carr, UL

Dr Michael Carr, DIT

Dr Justin Carville, IADT

Teresa Cash, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr Maurice Coakley, Griffith College Dublin

Dr Steve Coleman,  Maynooth  University

Dr Peter Collins, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr Eileen Connolly, DCU

Dr Catherine Conlon, TCD

Magdi Rashied, DIT

Eddie Conlon, DIT

Dr Ciaran Cosgrove (retired), TCD

Dr Colin Coulter, Maynooth University

Dr Laurence Cox, Maynooth University

Deirdre Cree, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Ann Curran, DIT

Dr Laurence Davis, UCC

Dr Sharae Deckard, UCD

Miriam Delaney, DIT

Dr Kevin Farrell, IT Blanchardstown

Dr Paul Farrell, IT Tallaght

Gerry Farrelly, DIT

Dr Brian Feeney, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr Jude Lal Fernando, TCD

Dr Mikael Fernström, UL

Dr Andrew Finlay, TCD

Barry Finnegan, Griffith College Dublin

Mike FitzGibbon, UCC

Dr Camilla Fitzsimons, Maynooth University

Richard Fitzsimons, DIT

Dr Angela Flynn, UCC

Dr Michael Foley, DIT

Dr Oona Frawley, Maynooth University

Dr Paul Michael Garrett, NUIG

Dr Brian Hanley, Historian

Martin Hanrahan, DIT

Tony Hayes, DIT

Dermot Healy (retired), DIT

Roddy Hegarty, Library & Archive Director (Armagh)

Goretti Horgan, Ulster University

Dr David Hughes, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Dr Mariya Ivancheva, UCD

Celia Keenan (retired), St Patrick’s College Drumcondra

Dr Sinéad Kennedy, Maynooth University

Ian Kilroy, DIT

Dr Heather Laird, UCC

Dr David Landy,  TCD

Dr John Lannon, UL

Zoe Lawlor, UL

Dr Luciana Lolich,  UCD

Madeleine Lombard, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Eibhlín Mhic Aoidh, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr Martin McCabe, DIT

Dr Conor Mc Carthy, Maynooth University

Dr Des McGuinness (retired), DCU

Simon McGuinness, DIT

Denise McKee, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr Elaine McLaughlin, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Brian McMahon, Cork IT

Noirin MacNamara, PhD candidate,  QUB

Dr Bill McSweeney, TCD

Dr Martin Maguire, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Dr Martin Marjoram, IT Tallaght

Dr Chandana Mathur, Maynooth University

Dr Thomas Murray, UCD

Dr Yoga Nathan, UL

Maeve O’Brien, PhD Candidate, Ulster University

Dr Eithne O’Connell, DCU

David O’Connor, DIT

Dr Maureen O’Connor,  UCC

Dr Tom O’Connor, Cork IT

Tom O’Connor,  DIT

Dr Hugh O’Donnell, DIT

Dr Micheal O’Flynn, UCD

Dr Féilim Ó hAdhmaill, UCC

Dr Theresa O’Keefe, UCD

Daithí Ó Madáin, NUIG

Dr Eoin O’Mahony, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra

Dr Jacqui O’Riordan, UCC

Dr Sinead Pembroke, TCD

Dr Michael Pierse, QUB

Dr Susan Power, Griffith College Dublin

John Rafferty, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr John Reynolds, Maynooth University

Ellen Reynor, St. Patrick’s College, DCU

Dr Paola Rivetti, DCU

Jim Roche, DIT, Chair Academics for Palestine

Maggie Ronayne, NUIG

Dr Colin Sage, UCC

Dr Birgit Schippers, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Paul Sheehan (retired), former Director of Library Services, DCU

Dr Fintan Sheerin,  TCD

Domhnall Sheridan, DIT

Ailbhe Smyth (retired), UCD

Dr Robbie Smyth Griffith College Dublin

Stephen Stewart, Mater Dei Inst./DCU

Dr Andy Storey, UCD

Peter Tansey, UCD

Dr Gavan Titley, Maynooth University

Dr Antonio Toral, DCU

Theresa Urbainczyk, UCD

Ciaran Walsh, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Signatories to Academics for Palestine pledge

“In response to the call from Palestinian civil society for an institutional academic boycott of Israel, we pledge not to engage in any professional association with Israeli academic, research and state institutions and with those representing these institutions, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.”

Marnie Holborow

Applied Language and Intercultural Studies

DCU

Dr Des McGuinness

Communications

DCU

Jim Roche

Architecture

DIT

Harry Browne

Media

DIT

Dr Brian Hanley

historian

Independent

Dr Gavan Titley

Media Studies

NUIM

Dr Sinead Kennedy

English

NUIM

Dr Colin Coulter

Sociology

NUIM

Dr Peter Collins

History

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Brian Feeney

Head of History

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Gerard McCann

European Studies and Geography

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Conor McCarthy

English

NUIM

Dr David Landy

Sociology

TCD

Prof Jim Bowen

Computer Science

UCC

Dr Kathy Glavanis-Grantham

Sociology

UCC

Dr Andy Storey

Politics and International Relations

UCD

Dr Theresa Urbainczyk

Classics

UCD

Dr Vincent Astier

Mathematical Sciences

UCD

Dr Conor McCabe

Social Justice

UCD

Dr Eoin Devereux

Sociology

UL

Dr Yoga Nathan

Public Health

UL

Dr Martin Power

Sociology

UL

Dr Amanda Haynes

Sociology

UL

Dr Lee F. Monaghan

Sociology

UL

Mikael Fernström

Computer Science

UL

Dr John Lannon

Management and Marketing

UL

Goretti Horgan

Social Policy

Ulster

Dr Laurence Cox

Sociology

NUIM

Dr Iain Atack

Irish School of Ecumenics

TCD

Dr Féilim Ó hAdhmaill

Applied Social Studies

UCC

Ciaran Walsh

Physical Education

St. Mary’s Belfast

Paddy Tally

Physical Education

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Paul Farrell

Mathematics

IT Tallaght

Dr Martin Marjoram

Mathematics

IT Tallaght

Donna Hazzard

Literacy

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dermot McCartan

Education

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Michael McEntee

Georgraphy

St. Mary’s Belfast

Marian Curran

Religious Studies

St. Mary’s Belfast

Martin Hagan

Education Studies

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Brian Kelly

History

Queens

Claire Connolly

Music

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Paula Gilligan

Business and Humanities

IADT

Peter Murphy

Construction

DIT

Dr Elaine McLaughlin

Physical Education

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Birgit Schippers

Politics

St. Mary’s Belfast

Micheal Martin

Irish

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Gabrielle Nig Uidhir

Irish

St. Mary’s Belfast

Teresa Cash

History

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Tracey McKay

Geography

St. Mary’s Belfast

Orla Nugent

Music

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Eibhlin Mhic Aoidh

Irish

St. Mary’s Belfast

Joan Campbell

Human Development Studies

St. Mary’s Belfast

Sean MacLabhrai

Irish

St. Mary’s Belfast

Deirdre Cree

Education Studies

St. Mary’s Belfast

Denise McKee

Education Studies

St. Mary’s Belfast

Dr Rory Hearne

Geography

NUIM

Maggie Roynayne

Archaeology

NUIG

Dr Marie Moran

Social Justice

UCD

Pat Hannon

Media

DIT

Tom O’Connor

Media

DIT

Magdi Rashied

Architecture

DIT

Dr Eddie Conlon

Engineering

DIT

Ruairi Hayden

Construction

DIT

Prof Helena Sheehan

Communications

DCU

Dr Paul Michael Garrett

Social Work

NUIG

Dr Bill Dorris

Communications (retired)

DCU

Sean Marlow

Electronic Engineering

DCU

Peter Tansey

Architecture

UCD

Simon Canz

Architecture

UCD

Mark Price

Architecture

UCD

Daithi O Madain

Education

NUIG

Dr Eithne Murphy

Economics

NUIG

Prof Patricia Coughlan

English

UCC,

Prof Terrence McDonough

Economics

NUIG

Dr Ronit Lentin

Sociology

TCD

Prof Kathleen Lynch

Equality Studies

UCD

Brian O’Boyle

Home Economics

St Angela’s College Sligo(NUIG)

Dr David Hughes

Physiology

RCSI

Dr John O’Brennan

Sociology

NUI Maynooth

Prof Jane Horgan

Computing (retired)

DCU

Mike Fitzgibbon

Food Business and Development Department

UCC

James Rock

Culinary Arts

DIT

Dr John Cunningham

History

NUIG

Dr Colin Sage

Geography

UCC

Dr Jacqui O’Riordan

Applied Social Science

UCC

Prof John Pinkerton

Social Work

QUB

Dr Des O’Rawe

Creative Arts

QUB

Dr Steve Coleman

Anthropology

NUIM

Dr Eithne O’Connell

Translation Studies

DCU

Stephen Stewart

Head of History

DCU

Dr Audrey Bryan

Sociology

St. Patrick’s College, DCU

Dr Kieran Allen

Sociology

UCD

Dr Jim Rogers

Communications

DCU

Dr Bill McSweeney

Irish School of Ecumenics

TCD

Dr Barbara Bradby

Sociology

TCD

Dr Sharae Deckard

English

UCD

Steve Woods

Creative Arts

IADT

Simon McGuinness

Architecture

DIT

Dr Lorcan Sirr

Construction Management

DIT

Dr Michael Carr

Engineering

DIT

Eileen Mageean

Engineering

DIT

Dave O Connor

Spatial Planning

DIT

Francis Duffy

Architecture

DIT

Stephen Tierney

Architecture

UCD

Matthew McCullagh

Architecture

UCD

Alan Mee

Architecture

UCD

Brian McMahon

Applied Social Studies

Cork IT

Dr Jeneen Naji

Media Studies

NUIM

Dr Linda Moore

Social Sciences

Ulster

Dr Gerard McMahon

Management

DIT

Ailbhe Smyth

Women’s Studies

UCD

Dr Tom O’Connor

Economics & Public Policy

Cork IT

Maurice Coakley

Journalism & Media

Griffith College Dublin

Robbie Smyth

Journalism & Media

Griffith College Dublin

Barry Finnegan

Journalism & Media

Griffith College Dublin

Prof Joe Cleary

English

NUIM

Richard Fitzsimons

Media

DIT

Ray English

Engineering

DIT

Michael Carr

Civil & Building Services

DIT

Dore Fischer

Languages

DIT

Dr Hugh O’Donnell

Management Info Systems

DIT

Barbara O’Shea

Media

DIT

Martin Hanrahan

Engineering

DIT

Dr Lionel Pilkington

English

NUIG

Prof Tadhg Foley

English

NUIG

Prof Ciaran Cosgrove

Hispanic Studies

TCD

Dr Eugenia Siapera

Communications

DCU

Prof Seamus Deane

English

Notre Dame

Prof Luke Gibbons

English

NUIM

Celia Keenan

English

St Patrick’s College DCU

Dr Martin Maguire

Humanities

Dundalk IT

Dr Maureen O’Connor

English

UCC

Dr Jude Lal Fernando

Irish School of Ecumenics

TCD

Dr Heather Laird

English

UCC

Dr John Reynolds

Law

NUIM

Mary O’Donnell

English

NUIM

Barbara O’Doherty

Architecture

DIT

Dermot Healy

Architecture

DIT

Dr Theresa O’Keefe

Sociology

NUIM

Angela Flynn

Nursing & Midwifery

UCC

Dr Cormac Deane

Film Studies

TCD

Claire McGing

Geography

NUIM

Dr Anne Mulhall

English

UCD

Dr Piaras Mac Einri

Geography

UCC

Dr Justin Carville

Creative Arts

IADT

Dr Christophe Meudec

Software Engineering

IT Carlow

Prof Niamh O’Sullivan

Visual Culture

NCAD

Dr Michael Foley

Media

DIT

Dr Anthony Haughey

Media

DIT

Dr Martin McCabe

Media

DIT

Prof Sam Porter

Nursing & Midwifery

QUB

Patrick Flynn

Architecture

DIT

Paul Kelly

Architecture

DIT

Dr Gwen Moore

Arts Education

Mary Immaculate

Ian Kilroy

Media

DIT

Gavin Buggy

Architecture

DIT

Donal Hickey

Architecture

DIT

David Peyton

Engineering

IT Blanchardstown

Dr Andrew Finlay

Sociology

TCD

Dr Mark Ward

Sociology

TCD

Camilla Fitzsimons

Adult & Community Ed

NUIM

Dr Laurence Davis

Sociology

UCC

Dr Edel Hughes

Law

University of East London

Prof John Kelly

Engineering

UCD

Catherine Prunty

Architecture

DIT

Dr Eddie Brennan

Media

DIT

Darren Bergin

Architecture

DIT

Niall Meehan

Journalism & Media

Griffith College Dublin

Evelyn Egan Rainy

Art

Cork IT

Stewart Smyth

Accounting

QUB

Prof Cahal McLaughlin

Film Studies

QUB

Dr Norah Campbell

Business

TCD

Dr Michael Pierse

Humanities

QUB

Prof John Waddell

Archaeology

NUIG

Prof Karen McElrath

Criminal Justice

Fayetteville State University, NC

Dr Fintan Sheerin

Nursing & Midwifery

TCD

Dr Oona Frawley

English

NUIM

Dr Caoilfhionn Ní Bheachain

Business

UL

Bobby McCormack

Humanities

Dundalk IT

Dr Antonio Toral

Computing

DCU

Sarah Browne

Sculpture

NCAD

Miriam Delaney

Architecture

DIT

Jonathan Worley

Written Communications

St Mary’s Belfast

Roddy Hegarty

director

O Fiaich Archive, Armagh

Dr Chandana Mathur

Anthropology

NUIM

Dr Michael Kane

Literature & Cultural Theory

DBS

Dr Robert Lynch

Physics & Energy

UL

Mary Flanagan

Art & Design

St Mary’s Belfast

Prof Gerry Kearns

Human Geography

NUIM

Dr Paola Rivetti

Law & Government

DCU

Ellen Reynor

Special Education

St Patrick’s College DCU

John O’Donovan

Journalism & Media

Griffith College Dublin

Sinead Murphy

Journalism & Media

Griffith College Dublin

Dr Eoin O’Mahony

Geography

St Patrick’s College DCU

Prof Conleth Hussey

Civil Engineering

UL

Merlo Kelly

Architecture

UCD

Edward Mullarkey

Civil Engineering

DIT

Eimear Rice

Engineering

Dundalk IT

Antoinette Rourke

Construction & Surveying

Dundalk IT

Dr Martin Robinson

Computing

Letterkenny IT

Kevin Farrell

Informatics

IT Blanchardstown

Fergus McGuinness

Mechanical Engineering

DIT

Brian McCann

Civil and /Env Engineering

Sligo IT

Mary Cooney

Psychology

Cork IT

Gerry Farrelly

Electrical Engineering

DIT

Ann Curran

Media

DIT

Prof Damien McCormack

Medicine and Medical Science

UCD

Dr Donagh Davis

Sociology

TCD

Dr Michael Byrne

Regional & Spatial Analysis

Maynooth University

Dr Maeve Connolly

Film and Media

IADT

Dr Susan Power

Law

Griffith College Dublin

Dr Barry Cannon

Politics

Maynooth University

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