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Boycott a modest step to help Palestinian people

Academics for Palestine has secured the signatures of more than 250 Irish academics who have pledged to boycott Israeli academic institutions. This peaceful, voluntary action is part of the international BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement, which has answered the call from hundreds of Palestinian organisations to help pressure Israel to end its oppression and occupation in Palestine.

We share Dr Kevin McCarthy’s dismay (Letters, January 13) at Trinity College Dublin’s inquiry into its staff’s “formal and informal arrangements ... with universities, research institutions, NGOs and government bodies in Israel and Palestine”.


Bryan Stevenson is the American civil rights lawyer who provided the inspiration for the newly-released film Just Mercy. Esther McCarthy spoke to him in IrelandReal-life lawyer Bryan Stevenson on inspiring Just Mercy

So I’ve booked my holidays. And before you ask, yes, I’m basing it around food and wine. I’ll report back in July, but I thought readers might be interested in my plan should you be thinking about a similar holiday.Wines to pick up on a trip to France

Esther N McCarthy is on a roll for the new year with sustainable solutions, cool citruses and vintage vibes.Wish List: Sustainable solutions, cool citruses and vintage vibes

They have absolutely nothing really to do with Jerusalem or indeed with any type of artichoke, so what exactly are these curious little tubers?Currabinny Cooks: Exploring the versatility of Jerusalem artichokes

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