Read more:Israel’s government says it has ‘no interest’ in boycotting the Europos competition, but that its support for the country is “unacceptable”.
The 40-year-old Irishman said he was “extremely proud” of his “Irish” heritage, but felt “humiliated” when he heard about the “anti-Semitic and anti-Arab” behaviour of some of his peers.
Read More:’Proud to be Irish’ Irish man in UK ‘made the decision to wear a hijab’The Dubliner, who has been a “close friend” of Palestinian activist and musician Mahmoud Abdul Hamid for several years, said he felt compelled to express his opinion in support of Israel, following the “barbaric and violent” attacks carried out in Jerusalem in November last year.
“I feel like my opinion is more important than any other person’s opinion, especially when it comes to people that are on the other side of the political spectrum,” he told the Irish Times.
“In a situation like the current situation, it is my duty to stand up and say that you don’t need to support the Israeli state and its policies.”
And I can’t just sit by and let this happen, you need to stand and stand and say something.
“Israelis who attended the Eurovisions last year were asked to wear the hijab as part of a bid to combat the wave of anti-Semitism reported at the event in Dublin.
Ahead of the event, the European Union called on all countries participating to take measures to “ensure that the enjoyment of the festival and its programmes does not infringe on the freedom of expression and assembly”.
Read More:’Felt like a Jew’Dublin man is ‘very proud’ of his Irish heritageAfter a string of anti -Semitic attacks, which included the murder of an Israeli man and the murder by an Israeli police officer of a Palestinian teenager, the Israeli government was forced to apologise to the Palestinian community for “deeply regrettable” anti-Semitic behaviour.
The head of the Israeli Embassy in Ireland said Israel would “work to ensure that any incidents that are of concern to the Israeli community do not occur in the future”.
Ahead the event on November 18, the Government of Ireland and the European Parliament called for an end to the violence.
Speaking in a televised address, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said Ireland’s position on Israel was “deep and unequivocal”.”
Ireland is a member of the European Community and is committed to an open and robust European relationship with Israel,” he said.”
As we continue to seek a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, we have a strong commitment to the continued security and prosperity of the region and its people.””
The Irish Government has no interest in boycotts of the Europosition events, which we all enjoy,” he added.
Read the full story here:Israel rejects calls for boycott of Eurovision article Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the European countries “should be more aware” of their Jewish and Arab citizens’ rights and that “there is no need to make a boycott”.
Mr Netanyahu said Israel was against boycotting any of the upcoming Eurovision competitions, and that Israel’s support for Israel is “disgraceful”.”
We must have an open dialogue with our European partners,” he explained.”
We cannot be indifferent to the plight of our people.
We must always have an Israeli presence in the country.
“Read More:”We are not against Eurovision, we’re not against the song, we want to see it, we just don’t want to support it,” Mr Netanyahu said.
Read The Irish Independent article ‘I think Ireland is a big country’I spoke with a young man who was very proud of his Jewish heritage, said Mr Cohen.”
He has said he’s very proud to be an Irishman, and he feels humbled by that.
He said he’d been in London and Dublin and Paris, but he’s had no trouble at all being welcomed.
“There’s a strong feeling among us that Ireland is going in the right direction,” he continued.
“That’s not to say we’re opposed to Israel, but we just want to have a dialogue with people on the Palestinian side of things.”
If they’re going to go in the direction they’re taking, then that’s the right thing to do.
“The Israeli Government has apologised to the Palestinians.
It has taken action against anti-Semites, and has also committed to working with the European Council to achieve a lasting settlement with the Palestinians.”