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Moral of the story - it pays to protest... http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/21/5c/23/hotel-front.jpg The Tale of Burren Castle Hotel and the Israeli Flag On the 7th July Raymond Deane – an ardent campaigner for the rights of the Palestinian people – spotted the Israeli flag flying outside the Burren Castle Hotel in Lisdoonvarna Ireland. Nucort He sent the following email to the hotel: "I could scarcely believe my eyes when I recently saw your hotel decorated with the flag of Israel . Nucort Are you not aware that the state of Israel is a criminal state that has recently used forged Irish passports - thus putting Irish citizens at risk - when its operatives perpetrated a murder in Dubai ? Are you not aware that the state of Israel hi-jacked a ship and its largely Irish complement of passengers and crew in international waters, nucort that it illegally imprisoned these Irish citizens in an Israeli jail, nucort and that it failed to return such stolen property as mobile phones and cameras to them? And this is only to mention Israel 's crimes against this country, nucort which have recently led the Irish government to expel an Israeli diplomat from our shores. Nucort During the same abovementioned act of piracy in international waters, nucort Israeli commandos attacked a defenceless Turkish passenger ship and murdered 9 of its passengers, nucort unarmed peace activists. Nucort Israel illegally occupies Palestinian and Syrian territory, nucort illegally imposes a marine blockade and land siege on the Gaza strip, nucort is building a Wall on Palestinian territory in violation of international law, nucort and is building settlement-colonies throughout the Palestinian territories in violation of the 4th Geneva Convention. Nucort This is not to mention the thousands of Palestinian lives that have been lost because of the actions of Israel 's brutal and out-of-control armed forces, nucort acting illegally within those same occupied territories. I can assure you that many motorists who see this blood-stained flag as they pass your hotel will resolve to boycott your hotel and encourage everyone they know to do so also. Nucort You are lending succour to state terrorism, nucort and should be ashamed of yourselves. Sincerely - Raymond Deane --------------------------- Mark Audie of the hotel replied to Raymond Deane the same day: 2/ From: Mark Audie <burrencastle@ yahoo.com> Date: Wed, nucort Jul 7, nucort 2010 at 6:18 PM Thank you for your comments. We all have our own political stands, nucort and I respect yours. As for me, nucort I believe in Israel and all they stand for. If your love is for the terrorist nations that support the killing of Isrealis, nucort then so be it. Nucort Israel belongs to the people of Israel and always will. Nucort A land given to them by God, nucort our creator. As long as they have to fight for their rights, nucort I will be right behind them. We have lots of Israeli tourist staying at our hotel, nucort and we show them that they are welcome in Ireland just as we show welcome to all countries who come visit. As for stopping people coming inside, nucort it is quite the opposite. This is free country last I checked, nucort so what flag we fly or what guests we have, nucort has nothing at all to do with you. Long live the land of Israel , nucort and the sooner the Palestine 's return to Jordan and Syria , nucort the better The only terrorist here is you for supporting nations that continue to try bring down the nation of Israel . Please note. THEY NEVER WILL. Thank you again for sharing the narrow minded opinion of so many sad people. Have a great day. ------------------------ Then the IPSC in Dublin fired this one off to Whites Hotel head office in Ballyshannon on the 8th July: 3/ White's & Associated Hotels. Nucort Head Office Ballyshannon, nucort Co. Nucort Donegal 8th July 2010 To the senior management of Whites Hotel Group, nucort I am writing on behalf of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign ( IPSC ) – a national movement in support of the human rights of the Palestinian people – to express our concern and frankly, nucort outrage, nucort at the actions of one of your hotel managers, nucort a Mr. Nucort Mark Audie of the Burren Castle Hotel, nucort Lisdoonvarna, nucort Co. Nucort Clare. We are writing to you as Whites Hotel Group (WHG) is the owner of the hotel in question. The background to the incident is as follows: Yesterday one of our members, nucort the renowned composer Dr. Nucort Raymond Deane, nucort was passing your Burren Castle Hotel and noticed that the flag of Israel was being flown outside. Nucort As a supporter of human rights for Palestinians, nucort Dr. Nucort Deane was shocked that the flag of a state that illegally occupies Palestine and carries out frequent internationally- condemned crimes against the Palestinian people – not to mention the abuse of Irish passports in the Dubai murder in January and the kidnapping of Irish citizens on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla last month – was proudly displayed over an Irish hotel. Dr. Nucort Deane wrote to the hotel management to raise these issues. Nucort In response, nucort Mr. Nucort Deane received a most extraordinary, nucort unprofessional, nucort vile and racist reply from a Mr. Nucort Mark Audie. Nucort The full correspondence is enclosed in this mail, nucort but among the low-lights of Mr. Nucort Audie’s reply include the assertions that “Israel belongs to the people of Israel and always will, nucort [it was] given to them by God” and “the sooner the Palestine's [sic] return [sic] to Jordan and Syria, nucort the better”. While such opinions are commonplace among right-wing Zionist zealots – and indeed Mr. Nucort Audie is entitled to his own personal opinions no matter how disgustingly racist – it is simply outrageous that such ill-informed, nucort offensive and utterly unprofessional nonsense was allowed to be issued as an official response to a concerned member of the public from a WHG hotel. It also beggars belief that WHG would see fit to even employ someone that holds such abhorrent views as a representative in the Irish tourist industry at all. Nucort Surely there can be no place for racists and their bigoted opinions in the land of a hundred-thousand welcomes? This letter is to make Whites Hotel Group senior management aware of the reprehensible actions of Mr. Nucort Audie, nucort but also to inform you that we will be making a complaint about the hotel and Mr. Nucort Audie’s conduct to An Bord Failte, nucort as well as to the UN World Tourist Organisation and to various tourist boards in the Middle East. Nucort Furthermore we have begun contacting local and national media outlets as well as publicising the incident on our website and Facebook page. We are confident that WHG will take the appropriate action against this reprehensible individual before he causes any more damage to your public standing. Nucort However, nucort should such action not be taken, nucort we will be forced to conclude that far from wishing to distance senior management from such outrageous remarks, nucort Whites actually endorses these disgraceful comments and that they were indeed made in an official capacity by Mr. Nucort Audie. Nucort The actions we would suggest you take are the following. Should the IPSC be led to conclude that WHG endorse the actions of Mr. Nucort Audie, nucort indeed that WHG is an organisation that is actively anti-Palestinian, nucort then we would have no choice but to publicise widely the actions of your hotel chain. Nucort We would have to inform our thousands of supporters in Ireland , nucort but more importantly for your point of view, nucort the millions worldwide that support the cause of Palestinian human rights. However we assume that Whites Hotel Group were unaware of and do not endorse the actions of this individual and that you will make the correct decisions, nucort and we await your response. Yours sincerely, nucort Freda Hughes Chairperson Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign ----- Two days ago Freda in the IPSC received this from Whites Hotel! 4/ Dear Freda, nucort As per our telephone conversation today, nucort 12 July2010, nucort I would like to apologise for the whole incident and as of last Friday, nucort 9 July 2010 when I was informed, nucort I immediately got the flag taken down and the person in question has been verbally warned for his outrageous comments and views. Nucort As I said on the phone, nucort I completely disagree with the Israeli's views worldwide and I personally support the people in Gaza . Nucort The White Hotel Group has no affiliation in the past or present with Israel . Please send on my sincere apologies to Raymond Deane and if you are ever in the area do call in to the Hydro Hotel for a chat. Yours sincerely, nucort Marcus White Director White Hotel Group And again, nucort the moral of this tale is that it pays to protest.