Ireland’s Antisemitism

It has long been suspected that Ireland is one of the most antisemitic of all industrialised countries.

The ADL 100 poll showed that 52% of respondents in Ireland think that Irish Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their home country. Of 15 European countries polled only Greece, Portugal and Spain rank higher.

24 European countries have adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Of the 27 EU countries 9 have not. Ireland is one of the 9 (the others: Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Malta),

The publication today of David Collier’s groundbreaking report shows how well-entrenched and widespread antisemitism is in Ireland.

The report comes shortly after two key UN-related events:

Just 15 days ago (22 September) the UN commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration. As David says, the 2001 Durban conference turned into what has been described as ‘the worst international manifestation of antisemitism since WWII’.  To avoid any possibility of a recurrence, 21 of the 27 EU Member States boycotted the commemoration. The EU also refused to participate. But Ireland chose to attend.

Even more recently, at the UN Human Rights Council on 4 October, 47 States pledged to combat antisemitism.  Even Belgium and Finland – 2 of the 6 EU Members who failed to boycott the Durban commemoration – signed the pledge. But Ireland did not.

The following 11 Irish academics signed in support of the disgraced Bristol academic David Miller, sacked for inter alia stating that pro-Israel Jewish students ‘render Arab and Muslim students, as well as anti-Zionist Jewish students, particularly unsafe’: Barry Finnegan, Conor Kostick, Cormac Ó Gráda, David Cronin (a journalist), Féilim Ó hAdhmaill, Martin Maguire, Mastoureh Fathi, Mélissa Mialon, Niall Meehan, Tom O’Connor and William Nolan. Ten academics based in Northern Ireland also signed: Brian Kelly, Cahal McLaughlin, Des O’Rawe, Michael Pierse, Mike Tomlinson, Paddy Hillyard, Phil Scraton, Richard Gallagher, Siobhan Wills and Teresa Degenhardt.

Nothing less than a wholesale cultural change can turn around Irish Jew-hate. But with Sinn Fein way ahead in the polls the chance of this happening is non-existent.


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Statement following the release of David Collier’s report: