Civil Society, Post-Colonialism and Transnational Solidarity

The Irish and the Middle East Conflict

  • Marie-Violaine Louvet

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Marie-Violaine Louvet
    Pages 1-12
  3. Irish Civil Society and Transnational Solidarity with Palestine

  4. Republicanism and the Colonial Reading of the Middle East Conflict

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-94
    2. Marie-Violaine Louvet
      Pages 121-164
  5. Pro-Israel Ireland

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Marie-Violaine Louvet
      Pages 197-217
    3. Marie-Violaine Louvet
      Pages 219-225
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-269

About this book


Civil Society, Post-Colonialism and Transnational Solidarity originates from Louvet’s observation of the strong commitment of a layer of Irish civil society- from the man on the street to political parties, associations and trade unions- to the defence of  one  antagonist  or  the  other  in  the  Israeli-Palestinian  conflict, beginning with the  Six  Day  War  in  1967 and increasingly so after the Lebanon Wars at the start of the 1980s and the Second Intifada (2000-2005). This book observes how this phenomenon is particularly striking in Northern Ireland, where Israeli and Palestinian flags have been flown by Unionists and Nationalists as signs of solidarity and identification. Louvet sheds light on the dynamics and strategies at play in the Middle East conflict in Northern Ireland but also in the Republic of Ireland, a country considered to be widely sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. With an overarching perspective highlighting the influence of Irish colonial history over the motives and discourse of the different levels of mobilization in civil society, this book shows the global movement towards the fragmentation and specialization of transnational solidarity actions in Ireland.



Northern Ireland Ireland Palestine Israel loyalism NGOs Marxism boycott Unionism Mobilisation political parties activism civil associations trade unions imagined geographies genealogy

Authors and affiliations

  • Marie-Violaine Louvet
    • 1
  1. 1.Département des Langues et CivilisationsToulouse 1-Capitole UniversityTOULOUSEFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55108-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55109-2
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