Artists call for boycott of 2019 Eurovision if hosted by Israel
In a letter published by the Guardian on Friday, dozens of artists called for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest due to be held in Israel next year.
“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,” the letter reads.
Signed by prominent figures including Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, film director Ken Loach, novelist Yann Martel, musician Brian Eno and playwright Eve Ensler, the letter demands the event should be boycotted “if it is hosted by Israel while it continues its grave, decades-old violations of Palestinian human rights.”
Six Israelis have also put their names to the letter: Musicians Aviad Albert, Michal Sapir, Ohal Grietzer, Yonatan Shapira, and Danielle Ravitzki, and artist David Opp.
The letter comes a day after the Meteor festival kicked off in northern Israel, despite numerous artists pulling out of performing after coming under pressure from the BDS movement — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions — that calls on musicians to shun Israel as a way to press the Jewish state to change its treatment of the Palestinians.
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