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Global artists boycott Eurovision in solidarity with Palestinians

September 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm

People take their seats as the Eurovision song contest begins in Duesseldorf, Germany on 14 May 2011 [Noel Slevin/Flickr]

More than 100 international artists, including famous singers and musicians singed a statement called for the boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel, the Guardian said.

In a letter to the paper published on Friday, the artists said they were responding to an appeal by Palestinian artists calling on them to boycott the European event slated to be held in Israel next year.

“We, the undersigned artists from Europe and beyond, support the heartfelt appeal from Palestinian artists to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 hosted by Israel,” the statement read.

The artists called for halting all kinds of business with Israel until it recognises the basic rights of the Palestinians. “Until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights, there should be no business-as-usual with the state that is denying them their basic rights.”

About the reason of the boycott, the artists said: “On 14 May, days after Israel’s Eurovision win, the Israeli army killed 62 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, including six children, and injured hundreds, most with live ammunition.

Read: Palestinian cultural groups urge Eurovision to boycott Israel

Amnesty International has condemned Israel’s shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy and Human Rights Watch described the killings as ‘unlawful and calculated’.”

The statement concluded: “Eurovision 2019 should be boycotted if it is hosted by Israel while it continues its grave, decades-old violations of Palestinian human rights.

“We understand that the European Broadcasting Union is demanding that Israel finds a ‘non-divisive’ location for the 2019 Eurovision. It should cancel Israel’s hosting of the contest altogether and move it to another country with a better human rights record. Injustice divides, while the pursuit of dignity and human rights unites.”

Global artists call for a boycott on Eurovision in solidarity with Palestinians Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]