Sunday 22 April 2018

Boycotts divide, not reconcile

Madam -- K Nolan's criticism of social media sites and comments on internet Nazis being faced down (Sunday Independent, Letters, May 13, 2012) is valid and to the point.

The targeted intimidation of Dervish to cancel their visit to Israel using means which can only be described as repugnant is a stark reminder of the excesses of fascism and is instructive as to the raison d'etre of the Israeli government's aggressive determination to secure its borders against belligerents in the absence of a negotiated settlement.

Victims are victims, and irrespective of whether they are Palestinian or Israeli their cause would be better served through active reconciliation rather than the negativity of cultural fascism as espoused by those engaged in artistic boycotts which divide rather than reconcile.

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