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July 7, 2015 2:26 pm

Irish Dance Festival in Israel Canceled After Palestinians Threaten Dancers, Teachers

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An Irish dance festival set to take place in Israel was cancelled. Photo: Screenshot.

An Irish dance festival set to take place in Israel was canceled. Photo: Screenshot.

Organizers behind an Irish dance festival set to take place in Israel this August announced on Tuesday that they were canceling the event after both instructors and dancers received threats from a Palestinian solidarity group in Ireland.

The “1st Israeli Feis” was being organized by the Carey Academy in Israel, a branch of the Carey Academy in Birmingham, England. The dance academy said on the event’s Facebook page that a group called Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) sent “threatening messages” to their teachers, parents and students. There was also a protest outside their dance studio.

“We do not want to risk safety of anyone connected to the Carey Academy. The feis was not meant to be anything more than what it really is – a celebration of dancing, friendship and joy,” organizers wrote on Facebook. “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to people who may have already booked tickets but I am sure you understand the safety of our dancers is our number one priority.”

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Sussex Friends of Israel, a U.K.-based pro-Israel group, responded to the announcement saying that the cancellation is “so sad and such a reflection of these times that a simple act of dance can be turned into such hate.”

“We hope that someday soon you will be able to visit Israel, free of intimidation or aggression,” Sussex Friends of Israel said. “You will love it.”

On its own social media page, the pro-Israel group described IPSC’s actions as “disgusting” adding, “The hate of the PSC attacking people because they wanted to dance, shame on the lot of them.”

In June, organizers behind the dance festival said the feis was intended to celebrate Irish culture while dancing with people from different backgrounds, learning to respect one another and creating understanding rather than “drawing more lines in the sand.”

They noted that Irish dance, or any art form, should be available to anyone willing to learn.

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  • Sammy

    Appalling racism there Richard. Is this how you were brought up?

  • Sammy

    The headline states as a fact that threats were made by Palestinians. Where is the proof of this assertion?

    I note that many of the comments here refer to Palestinians as termites, cockroaches, etc. This sort of hatespeech is reminiscent of the attitude toward minority Tutsi people in Rwanda shortly before the genocide which took place. Its is alarming to see in an online publication, such comments are usually moderated. Does the Algemeiner support the content of such comments?

    • len

      Sammy-the bottom line is they “aint comin”,and why aint they comin? Why would an Irish Dance Festival have to be cancelled in Israel? Maybe the dancers just weren’t up to the long trip? I guess the BDS movement is too powerfull for even yourself to comprehend.
      This is a free and independent site, hate speeches have gone every which way on this site since I can remember. We are not in a censored environment here. Get a grip, ignore the crap and partake in what you think is worth while.

  • Vivienne Havalant (Leijonhufvud)

    Forgive my bluntness but if the Irish will insist on being so thick and anti-semitic in their own country, responsible for the dumb Dublin Accord what the hell did they expect from the so called palestinians?

  • Nitza Sarner

    I have never understood how threatening a dance group will help the Palestinians. am sure that had they gone on with the program some Palestinians would have benefited from the performance too. The progenitor of the BDS is now studying in Tel Aviv University – in spite of demand for rejecting him by the student body. So even he is not Boycotting Israel, so why would anyone else do so?
    I understand if people go there to help or support, but as no one in the Arab countries does anything about helping the Palestinians. I talked to many pro-boycott activist – when I asked why they do so one said: I am only a foot soldier, I do what I am told. – Brainless!

  • Sean

    This incident should be turned into the straw that broke the camel’s (sorry about the origins of the beast) back in Ireland. It demonstrates that Irish people who support the Palestinians are so full of hate that they are prepared to act aginst the interests of Ireland and Irish culture. Maybe it’s time for the Irish to do some soul-searching and recognize that they need to get the curse of pro-Palestinian activism back into its bottle.

    • Kim Nguyen

      There were no threats of any sort coming from the IPSC. None. This accusation is completely false and is pure libel. Carey Academy has some answering to do!! The BS accusations are very much of the line that Israeli hasbara uses anytime human rights activists point out their crimes. Don’t swallow their lies.

  • sara rifka

    SO THRILLED THAT ALL WAS CANCELLED…NOW NO ONE WILL BE HARMED..

    ISRAIL DOES NOT NEED ANYMORE CHRISTIAN , DEMONIC DANCES TO THE DEITIES OR OTHER DEMI GODS…..AND, PERHAPS IT IS BECAUSE IRELAND ITSELF IS A TERRORIST HAVEN

    THINK…THE IRISH TRAINED ISIS…..THE IRISH TERRORISTS SELL DRUGS AND GUNS TO HOST THEIR OWN DEMONIC SPORTS.

    AS FOR THE MUSLIMS AND THEIR JOKES OF THEIR RELIGION OR SHOULD I SAY IDOL WORSHIP AND SO FAR FROM G-D…..I’M AMUSED…..MOST AMUSED…ISLAMAPHOBIA IS EVEN FUNNIER TO ME.

    DISNEY LAND GONE ARRY

    CANADA AND US…..CONTROLLED THE JAPANESE AND OTHERS WHEN IN WAR……I THINK ISRAEL SHOULD DO THE SAME…CREATE ANOTHER WHAT IS IT…PALESTINE…..ROUND THEM UP…LOCK THEM UP…..AND THEN DECIDE.

  • SteveHC

    Somebody somewhere finds this surprising?

  • Oscar Shank
  • Lauren Goldman

    I see the word ‘palestinian’ was used in the headline, so it must be a typo. There is no such thing as a ‘palestinian’, animal maybe, but not ‘palestinian.’ Sadly, this is the direction Eurostan is going, so I wish them well, until burqas go on sale.

    • Oscar Shank

      I see you didn’t bother to read the article; yes Algemeiner did use the word “Palestinian” in its headline. The article itself was about the Irish solidarity movement activity which led to no Irish dance fest in Israel. Yeah, you’re right, the natives of Palestine were just Arabs, so they didn’t really live there for thousands of years before the Zionists came.

  • Reform School

    Dhimmis dancing to “Another One Bites the Dust?”

    How visionary was H. G. Wells’ 1895 “The Time Machine,” predicting evil Muslimorelocks harvesting dancing Israeloi?

  • Chris Moyler

    I would have hoped that the Irish had more spit in them than that. Bowing the knee to cowards, merely empowers them. A great shame. C.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Send the Irish a some real courage – a dozen cases of Guinness.

  • steven L

    Irish Palestinian SC terrorism must be a new European NGO.

  • NuritG

    Cowards, lacking moral compass and capitulators. What a shame. We need to go after Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and cause them much harm.

    • Sammy

      Is that a threat?

  • Harriette R. Ellis

    How disgusting. To make culture political. I wonder if the UC Riverside Palestinian students will discuss this event in their upcoming classes and explain why this is happening! Is there any justification?

  • Abdul Ameer

    The Religion of Peace strikes again! Moslem terror works.
    The Moslem god, Allah, says:
    – We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. Koran 3:151
    – I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads; strike off the very tips of their fingers. Koran 8:12

    The Moslem prophet, Muhammad, said: “I have been made victorious through terror.”

    It looks like that Irish dance troupe is truly Islamophobic. And, for good reason!

  • Steve Loeb

    Solution is dont book anything from UK Scotland or Ireland. They are held hostage by an extremely leftist press and a very hateful population that have swallowed the Koolaid and all mindlessly hate Isreal. Book acts from US and you won’t have cancellations like this – if they threaten US artists – they will be sued

  • Ann

    Once again the BDS has raised its ugly head . We have to hope that common sense will prevail before,too long to enable this joyous cultural event to take place. Ann

  • Cynthia

    It is becoming quite clear to those of us that watch events, that the real haters are the one’s like this IPSC and their act of hate against like you said “a simple celebration of dance”. Somewhere this whole powder keg will blow, and i hope it is in their back yard instead of ours. Heaven help us…..

  • judorebbe

    I have two pressing questions …
    1.) Who knew Irish Dance was big in Israel?
    2.) Was it to be mixed dancing, or were boys and girls to dance separately?

  • brenrod

    the irish used to be rebels but now they jump to the tune of the honor killer termites they invited into their house, out of fear. Once the termites smell the fear they will find other ways to exploit it, not just Israel.

  • Denis MacEoin

    Since I’m Irish and have always loved Irish dancing, this has appalled me more than I can say. Dancing festivals (sg. feis, pl. feiseanna) take place, not just in Ireland, but in many countries across the world, in Europe, North America, Mexico, Taiwan,etc. Following the success of Riverdance, which is a bit exaggerated but at least based on traditional forms, Irish dance has became a big international phenomenon, and the appearance of dance academies in so many countries is a source of pride for us. But the national Commission for Irish Dancing in Ireland has refused to get involved with this because it is politics. That disheartens me greatly. It allows a bunch of bully boys to win, it is a grave disappointment for many dancers, including a lot of children, mainly girls (who get to dress up very gaily), and it is done by a gang who support terrorism and hate Jews.

    • Oscar Shank

      Yep, those Palestinians sure are a bunch of bullies, same as the Irish bullied the English all those years!

      • len

        Oscar you’ve got your associations incorrect. Israel is like the Irish rebels who succeeded in freeing their land of the English. The Palestinians are the Protestants who stay alive because their mother country in this case ex Ottoman countries refuse to take them back to their regions of origin.

    • Nadine

      Thank you.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Bloody IPSC bastard anti-Semites Raymond Deane, Kevin Squires and that anti-Semite slag Amanda Crawford.

  • Michael

    The threats are illegal. The Irish government should prosecute.

    • Sammy

      They would – but there were no threats actually made.

  • Len Klahr

    Surely the teachers, parents and pupils involved should be putting this matter in the hands of the local police

    • len

      Len-when your kids are getting threatened for performing somewhere other than your hometown you don’t take any chances, as a parent you don’t need any extra stress bringing up your kids. that’ s the problem with these gangsters who play this psychological game . It’s another form of Terrorism!

  • HaroldT

    Why have they not reported the ISPC threats to the police ?

    • Sammy

      Because no threats were actually made.

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