Join more than 35,000 people and sign the petition to boycott Eurovision hosted by Israel! ... Eurovision 2019 : les moments les plus fous de l’histoire de la compétition - Duration: 3:47. Israel is shamelessly using Eurovision as part of its official Brand Israel strategy, which presents  “Israel’s prettier face” to whitewash and distract attention from its war crimes against Palestinians. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Shortly after her win, Barzilai said she looked forward to the world seeing “the Israeli carnival” when Jerusalem hosts the contest next year. Israeli singer Netta performs after winning the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, in May 2018. Eurovision has survived despite all the political drama, and the U.S. largely ignoring it for decades. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, ordered "massive strikes" against Gaza militants, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets, last Sunday; the BBC reported that according to the Israel Defense Forces, groups in Gaza launched nearly 700 rockets and mortars at Israel last weekend. Inspired by conscientious artists who shunned Sun City in apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, Palestinian artists and cultural organizations have called for nonviolent pressure in the form of boycotts on Israel until it complies with its obligations under international law. She performed at Pride events around the world with the backing of Israel’s embassies. Share the campaign on social media. Straight out of apartheid South Africa’s propaganda playbook, Israel uses the arts to explicitly deflect growing condemnations of its violations of Palestinian human rights. Political Organization. British cultural figures including Vivienne Westwood, Peter Gabriel and Mike Leigh have signed a letter calling on the BBC to cancel coverage of this year’s Eurovision song contest because it … For example, visitors to the recently launched website BoycottEurovision.net are greeted with the headline "Welcome to the true story of BDS: Beautiful, Diverse, Sensational Israel." In an open letter published Thursday, a group of over 30 Palestinian cultural centers and organizations from Gaza called for a global boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, the enduringly popular international singing competition that will be held May 14 to 18 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (On Tuesday, several of those stars signed yet another petition, urging the BBC to push for the 2019 Eurovision song contest to be moved out of Israel, ... And on the boycott question, undecideds accounted for 28 percent of respondents aged 16 to 29 – the largest proportion of … Madonna closed Eurovision 2019 with a live performance that included 'Like a Prayer' and 'Future' and made a subtle political statement as two of her dancers displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on stage. Pinkwashing is part of Israel’s Brand Israel strategy. On 14 May 2018, Yaakov Litzman, leader of the ultra-Orthodox party United Torah Judaism and Israel's former Minister of Health, drafted a letter to the Ministers of Tourism, Communications, and Culture and Sports, in which he requested the event not violate religious laws: "In the name of hundreds of thousands of Jewish citizens from all the populations and communities for whom Shabbat(the holy sabbath) observance is close to their hearts, I appeal to you, already at this early stage, before production and al… This is not the first time that Eurovision's glitter has gotten swept up in geopolitics. The singing contest falls exactly a year after Israeli troops massacred more than 60 protesters in Gaza. In Iceland, almost 8% of the country’s population sign a petition to boycott Eurovision 2019. Appeal to past and present Eurovision participants to speak out against Israel’s hosting of Eurovision. Facebook. In a Eurovision teaser video released Thursday by Israel's KAN Broadcasting Corporation (the public, state-broadcast network, which is also carrying the singing contest), the two main performers — a man who introduces himself as Russian Jewish and the other a half-Jewish, half-Israeli Arab woman named Lucy Ayoub, one of the Eurovision hosts this year — sing to a pair of befuddled tourists: "I know just what you heard, that it's a land of war and occupation / But we're so much more than that. I agree to receive your newsletters and accept the data privacy statement. Jerusalem (CNN) Madonna intends to perform at … It's simple to get involved with the BDS movement today. The singer's win last year with the catchy pop anthem "Toy" earned Israel the honor of hosting the 2019 Eurovision competition next month. We ask for people of conscience around the world to heed our call for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Apartheid Israel just as they did to help bring down Apartheid in South Africa," the group writes. The Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, justice and equality needs your support. Calls to boycott Eurovision if hosted by Israel are already spreading across Europe and beyond. ... Eurovision Tel Aviv 2019… Rights organizations like Reporters Without Borders and the International Federation of Journalists have consistently denounced Israel’s attacks on unarmed Palestinians, including journalists. NPR correspondent Daniel Estrin reported for All Things Considered on Thursday that, among the roughly 2 million people living in the Gaza Strip, unemployment is now over 50 percent, and many Palestinians are fleeing abroad. Best people… the best place in the world.”. William Lee Dams, editor of popular Eurovision blog, comments to the Associated Press: "There is a greater concern this year than any other year I can remember about the political backdrop surrounding Eurovision. In Ireland, former Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan, the Mayor of Dublin, politicians and trade union leaders called for a boycott of Eurovision 2019. East Jerusalem is occupied by Israel and the international community does not recognise Israel’s sovereignty over any part of the city. That was organised by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which urges a complete boycott of Israel over its policies towards the Palestinians. In an open letter published Thursday, a group of over 30 Palestinian cultural centers and organizations from Gaza called for a global boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest… Calls to boycott Eurovision 2019 if hosted by Israel are spreading across Europe and beyond, including from former Eurovision winners, commentators and presenters, legendary artists, trade unions and political parties. Published on Jan 31, 2019 50 cultural giants including Vivienne Westwood have called for the BBC to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel. Turkey will boycott the 2019 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel because of what it calls a “confusion in mentality” that allows “an Austrian with a beard and skirt” to participate. Get active and connect with a group in your country now! Palestinian citizens are now constitutionally denied equal rights. Boycott Eurovision in Israel and Tel Aviv Pride! Micheal Mac Donncha has called for Ireland to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel in solidarity with the people of Palestine. We love SBS and we love Eurovision, but: Is a song contest more important than human rights? They are broadcast in over four dozen countries, and the organizers anticipate that the global audience will be about 200 million viewers in 2019. We, the undersigned residents of Europe and beyond, call on members of the European Broadcasting Union -- our public broadcasters -- to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel, to avoid being complicit in Israel's ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights. Boycott calls emerge in the UK, Sweden, Malta, Australia and the Spanish state, with growing public discontent reverberating across Europe. Lobby your public broadcaster to respect Palestinians’ picket line and refuse to attend the competition if it is hosted by Israel. Similar calls emanated from the UK , Sweden , Malta , Australia and the Spanish state , with growing public … Israel should not be hosting Eurovision Holding Eurovision 2019 in Israel will serve to art-wash Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. Strategic BDS campaigns are building mass public support and having a real impact. Many Eurovision fans build their whole year around a trip to Eurovision, and just given the nature of what's going on their ideal has been tarnished.". Help spread the word on the campaign to boycott Eurovision 2019 if hosted by Israel. Australia’s Kate-Miller Heidke will take to the Eurovision stage in Tel-Aviv for the first semi-final on Wednesday. Exploiting Eurovision’s popularity among LGBTQ fans, Israel’s “best ambassador,” Barzilai, was quickly enlisted in Israel’s Pinkwashing efforts. Boycott Eurovision 2019. Stephen Fry and Sharon Osborne are among the stars to have rejected calls for a boycott of the upcoming Eurovision song contest. Israel massacred 62 Palestinians in Gaza, including six children just two days after its 2018 Eurovision win. "Even when Israel bombs us, imprisons our men, women and children, kills and maims thousands of Palestinian protesters ... and does everything to silence our voices, we will continue to sing. BBC protest: Boycott Eurovision Israel 2019 We called a protest outside the BBC HQ on December 1st to call on the UK broadcaster to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel, to avoid being complicit in Israel’s ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights. Eurovision, le chant du boycott - 28 minutes - ARTE 28 minutes - ARTE. By Millie Bull PUBLISHED: 03:04, Sun, May 19, 2019 Before the 2017 contest, held in Ukraine, Russia announced it would not broadcast the competition after the host country asserted that Russia's entrant, a singer named Yuliya Samoylova, would not be allowed to enter Ukraine, because she had previously toured Crimea. Across Europe, tens of thousands of people have signed petitions urging broadcasters, singers and songwriters to boycott Eurovision hosted by Israel. Brand Israel aims to “improve the country’s image abroad”  by “avoiding any discussion of the conflict with the Palestinians” and representing the country “as relevant and modern rather than only as a place of fighting and religion.”. We call on all our friends and colleagues around the world to express their support for an exciting and successful Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which runs Eurovision, has demanded a “non divisive” location for the 2019 Eurovision. On June 7, Israeli culture minister Miri Regev insisted that “if [Eurovision] can’t be in Jerusalem – we shouldn’t host it.” Three days later, the Israeli government sidelined her and dropped its demand to hold Eurovision in Jerusalem, moving to an open tender process instead. Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, who in 2012, Of Iceland's population sign a petition to boycott Eurovision 2019. Those calling for boycott include former Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan; Irish broadcaster and former Eurovision commentator Mike Murphy; former Eurovision presenters Carrie Crowley and Doireann Ni Bhriain; artist and Riverdance set designer Robert Ballagh; Irish musical legends Christy Moore, Mary Black, Paul Brady, Andy Irvine, Frances Black, Donal Lunny, Honor Heffernan, Cormac Breatnach, Dee Armstrong and Steve Wall. Following Israel’s win by Netta Barzilai last year, it was decided that the 2019 event would take place in its capital, Tel Aviv. Activists in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on Saturday rejected a pro-Palestinian gesture from Iceland’s entry into the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Is a North America version in the works? EUROVISION 2019 has sparked anti-Eurovision and pro-Palestinian protests in Israel urging fans to boycott the event. Par. That same evening, Netta Barzilai performed a celebratory concert in Tel Aviv, hosted by the mayor, and said, “We have a reason to be happy.”. Israeli singer Netta performs after winning the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, in May 2018. The Palestinian artists' call comes following a fresh torrent of violence between Israel and Gaza. Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri  Regev issued an ultimatum: “if the Eurovision isn’t in Jerusalem, it shouldn’t be in Israel.”, Upon Israel’s win in the 2018 Eurovision, Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, who called for genocide against Palestinians, said that celebrations “began with Netta Barzilai’s victory, which assured that Eurovision is coming to the capital next year, and continues tomorrow with the move of the American embassy to Jerusalem.”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called Barzilai “the best ambassador of Israel,” underlining his far-right government’s art-washing agenda. While we all may have differing opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the best path to peace, we all agree that a cultural boycott is not the answer. We urge songwriters and performers to boycott the 2019 contest hosted by Israel just as they once boycotted the apartheid regime in South Africa. The 2019 incarnation of … The Musicians Union of Ireland and Irish Equity, the trade union for actors, dancers, directors, and stage and set builders/designers, endorse the … Boycott Eurovision 2019. Google+. Just days before Eurovision 2018, Israel killed a Palestinian journalist and shot and wounded six other journalists in Gaza, while they wore clearly marked press flak jackets,as part of its shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy. “Brand Israel” is an Israeli government public relations strategy that was initiated in 2005. Twitter. The Lord Mayor of Dublin Micheal Mac Donncha calls for Ireland to boycott Eurovision 2019 to show solidarity with the people of Palestine. Israel effectively declared itself an apartheid state by adopting the "Jewish Nation-State Law." Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy confirmed to Reuters on Friday that it was responsible for the site. Pinkwashing is the cynical use of LGBT rights to distract attention from Israel’s decades-old denial of Palestinian human rights. Madonna is expected to perform at the final stage of the Eurovision song competition on Saturday. The letter writers in Gaza also point to many musicians from outside the Middle East who have declined to perform in Israel, including Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Roger Waters, Annie Lennox, and Brian Eno, who wrote an opinion piece for The Guardian about boycotting Eurovision. In 2015, Armenia's team sent the song "Face the Shadow" to the competition. You'll see the prices and say, 'What?!' hide caption. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. Israel is using Eurovision to art-wash its egregious crimes against the Palestinian people. Last month, celebrities including Stephen Fry, Sharon Osbourne and Marina Abramović signed a letter stating that Eurovision’s “spirit of togetherness” is … Since Eurovision 2019 was announced last year, the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has called on international artists … (There are also many international artists who have happily toured Israel, including Radiohead, Madonna, Nick Cave and Metallica.). The international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement dismissed the tactic as "crude propaganda." ", Per Eurovision tradition, Israel won the opportunity to host this year's contest after a singer from the country, Netta, won the 2018 edition with her campy tune "Toy.". Israel has responded indirectly to the calls for a Eurovision boycott with a PR campaign that specifically targets people who may be curious about or sympathetic to the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, known as BDS. In February, London Palestine Action released a song in support of the Palestinian call for the boycott of Eurovision 2019, which will be taking place in Israel later this year.Since then the News Brian Eno: Israel must not be allowed to use Eurovision as a propaganda tool Jerusalem Eurovision 2019 under threat due to possible boycott – report Israeli sources say organizers concerned about venue, with activists in four countries calling for non-participation Israel accused the militant group Islamic Jihad of instigating the violence after saying the group shot and wounded two Israeli military officers on May 3. Eurovision Returns To Glitz, Politics And Censorship, Eurovision Again Struck By Controversy As Russia Says It Won't Broadcast. Ireland's Eurovision hopeful Sarah McTernan has addressed calls for a boycott of this year's event in Tel Aviv, Israel, saying that music is about "love and friendship and bringing people together". There are organisations working on the #BoycottEurovision2019 campaign across Europe and beyond. Palestinian artists and broadcast journalists call for boycott of Eurovision 2019. The Israeli consul to Iceland rushes to do damage control. Are advertising dollars worth more than international law? Now Israel is hinting that Tel Aviv may be the host. He supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which wants a complete cultural boycott of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. The news wire also reported that Google searches using words like "boycott" and "Eurovision" were linking to ads to the ministry's site, through search engine optimization. Palestinians have called on EBU members to boycott Eurovision 2019 if hosted by Israel, regardless of its location. 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