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“Irish Pages, International Borders”: Dervla Murphy, Ciarán O’Rourke & Avi Shlaim in conversation with the Editor of Irish Pages, Chris Agee

Saturday 27 May at 8.00 pm
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 8

Walls, borders and migration are recurring themes in our new issue, “Israel, Islam & the West.” Contributions include “Hasbara in Action” by the distinguished travel writer Dervla Murphy; new poetry on the Middle East by Ciarán O’Rourke; and “Israel and the Arrogance of Power” by Avi Shlaim, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Oxford University.

“My conclusion may come to you as a shock but it is not a conclusion I have reached lightly: Israel has become a rogue state. My academic discipline is International Relations. In the academic literature in this field, three criteria for a rogue state are usually put forward: one, a state that habitually violates international law; two, a state that either possesses or seeks to develop weapons of mass destruction; and three, a state which resorts to terror. Terror is the use of force against civilians for political purposes. Israel meets all three criteria and therefore, in my judgement, it is now a rogue state. It is because Israel behaves like a rogue state that it is well on the way to becoming a pariah state.” Professor Avi Shlaim

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