Friday 17 November 2017

Concubhar O Liathain: Dervish are caught up in one-sided boycott of Israel

'Venomous' campaign against band highlights the one-sidedness of cultural boycott, says Concubhar O Liathain

A few years ago Dervish were representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest, the first Irish traditional group to take centre-stage in the event. But that shouldn't be held against them.

Neither should we hold against them their decision to finally yield to an orchestrated campaign to force them to reverse their decision to travel to Israel in order to play a few concerts with friends there.

Especially when this campaign was characterised by a torrent of "negativity and venom" on Facebook and Twitter and a caution, that the band would lose all credibility if they travelled.

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