Ireland and Israel

Irish academics have called for a boycott of Israel. Haviv Rettig of the Jerusalem Post notes,   "They don't demand a boycott of Sudan, or of China, which has tremendous academic ties to Europe. And they don't want to boycott the United States or Britain over Iraq. There is no universal norm, they're just anti—Israel. So," he concluded, "we have to ask what it is about Israel that upsets them." There is probably no umbrella answer, but it is helpful to look into the history of the two nations. A jet landed December 14, 1993 at Dublin airport carrying the Irish Prime Minister, Albert Reynolds (1992—1994) and the Palestinian leader, Yassir Arafat.  Side by side they strode to microphones on the tarmac where the Irish PM announced to the world that he was granting Arafat the right to open a delegation which would have the highest diplomatic status of any PLO delegation in an EU state.  Aside he mumbled that Ireland would be recognizing the statehood...(Read Full Post)