Dia dhuit. Céad míle fáilte go hEoraip - agus fáilte go sibhialtacht! Tá mé ag déanamh staidéir ar ghaeilge. Is file, ceoltóir, agus is saoránach Eorpach mé. Seo mo amhrán Eorpach: shiansach uimhir a naoi ag Ludwig van Beethoven nasc le youtube Go sonrach: IV. Finale - Ode Schiller “An die Freude”; imir ag Ceolfhoireann Leipzig, 31.12.2013. Creidim i: saoirse cainte saoirse acadúil, saoirse teacht le chéile agus agóid a dhéanamh go dleathach. I believe in: 1. freedom of speech, 2. academic freedom, 3. freedom to lawfully assemble and protest. It is my sincere belief that as a direct result of the election of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to power, those freedoms and our Human Rights are now under grave threat in the UK, in Europe and elswhere. What an irony, that on the night of Friday 31st January 2020 some of us celebrated gaining our laughingly - called "freedom", whilst at the same time UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his allies have clearly demonstrated that they do NOT believe in the freedoms I have cited above. In the Queen’s speech, Johnson has proposed a law banning UNIVERSITIES and local councils from organising boycotts, sanctions and disinvestment (BDS) against Israel and other countries. And what an irony that the BDS movement is modelled on the boycott of the South African Apartheid system i.e. a RACIST system! The Board of Deputies of British Jews, strangely enough, appear to have no problem whatsoever with the fact that the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has • described Jews as "Jewish oligarchs" who run the media, and who fiddle the figures to fix elections in their favour, • has portrayed a Jewish character, Sammy Katz, as having a "proud nose and curly hair", and who has painted him as a malevolent, stingy, snake-like Jewish businessman who exploits immigrant workers for profit, • as editor of the Spectator, published articles by the notorious racist Taki Theodoracopulos who has boasted of being "an antisemite", and who has argued that black people "have lower IQs than whites", and who has praised Enoch Powell as a "great man". The Nelly Sachs prize, named after the German-Jewish Nobel laureate, is awarded by the German city of Dortmund to writers promoting “tolerance and reconciliation”, and who have worked to improve cultural relations. Milan Kundera and Margaret Atwood are previous recipients of the prize. Kamila Shamsie, the British - Pakistani author, who has the support of 60 Jewish and Israeli academics, was awarded €15,000 (£13,000) Nelly Sachs prize, but a German jury has reversed its decision to award it over her support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. I agree with Shamsie who has said that the withdrawal of the prize was part of a trend “labelling supporters of Palestinian human rights as antisemitic”. I also agree with the novelist Ahdaf Soueif, who has said that the withdrawal of Shamsie's award was “a manifestation of a new McCarthyism – on an international scale”. The following is an extract from an open letter published 23 September 2019, in the London Review of Books. https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2019/september/the-right-to-boycott "The Right to Boycott" "As a statement by more than forty progressive Jewish organisations says, ‘dangerously [conflating] anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of occupation and apartheid ... undermines both the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality and the global struggle against antisemitism. It also serves to shield Israel from being held accountable to universal standards of human rights and international law.’"
In Memoriam de Jo Cox MP ------------------------------------ Erect more walls, demolish all the bridges, Put away your hearts and freeze them in your fridges, Send round the bully-boys to frighten little children, We will forget them, soldiers by the million. Turn back the clocks, and cast us off, alone, Blow the attack - dog - whistle, throw them a juicy bone, Telling them: “Your women will be raped, go get your guns!”. Now motherless they mourn, a daughter and a son. The aircraft’s vulturing flight above our heads, Mocks at her memorial: She Is Dead. We wear Yorkshire roses, symbols of our love, As storm clouds gathering weep for her, above. We, the folk of North and South and East and West, In mourning black, or working rig, or Sunday best, Shared our sun and moon, our talk, our songs, “Two World Wars’ lessons learned”, I thought; how wrong. Snuff out the stars, spit on the bloodied sawdust floor, Let rule the thoughtless thug and Neanderthal boor, Let Britons drown in fascist hateful flood, Was it for this, the millions spilled their blood?
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