More than 140 cultural figures called for a boycott of the international song contest Eurovision in connection with its implementation in Israel.
The British newspaper “guardian” published an open letter petition to support the Palestinian initiative to boycott. In this list, in particular, became one of the founders of Pink Floyd, Roger waters, British composer Brian Eno, the Danish Director Nils vest, a few of the former contestants and the winner of the Eurovision song contest 1994, Irish singer Charles Mcgettigan.
“We, the undersigned artists from Europe and beyond, support the heartfelt call of Palestinian artists to boycott the contest “Eurovision-2019”, organized by the Israel. As long as the Palestinians are unable to enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights, there should be no “ordinary Affairs” with the state, denying them fundamental rights,” – said in the letter.
As an example of human rights violations in Israel, the authors of the letter remind about the events of a may evening when the Israeli military resisted attempts by thousands of Palestinian radicals to break through the border with the Gaza strip during the “March of great return”: “14 may, a few days after Israel’s victory at Eurovision, the Israeli army killed 62 unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, including six children, and wounded hundreds of people, most of them with live ammunition”.
“Eurovision-2019″ should be boycott, if it is organized by Israel against the continuation of serious and longstanding human rights violations in Palestine. The competition in Israel should be abolished and translate it to another country that has the best indicators in the sphere of implementation of human rights,” said the authors.