Activists have asked Madonna to pull out of her scheduled appearance at the Eurovision song contest in Israel. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) issued the call on its Twitter account. It comes after Madonna announced that she will perform at Eurovision. The song competition is due to be held in Tel Aviv on 18 May. The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement had also previously asked people to boycott the competition. It said:
Israel is using Eurovision to art-wash its egregious crimes against the Palestinian people.
A direct appeal
On Twitter, PACBI wrote directly to Madonna. It stated:
Palestinians hope that you will not undermine our struggle for freedom, justice and equality by performing at Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv.
Join the boycott
PACBI also pointed out that many people have already promised to boycott Eurovision. It remarked that the boycott is:
supported by more than 100,000 people signing petitions, over 100 LGBTQIA groups, more than 20 Israeli artists, and hundreds of prominent international artists including the 1994 Eurovision winner.
The former Irish winner, Charlie McGettigan, said:
It’s a chance for the whole of Europe who are involved in Eurovision to say, ‘Look, we don’t agree with this’.
The Canary has previously reported on why we should boycott Israel.
In closing, PACBI described Israel as having a “fanatic, far-right government”. It said this same government will “cynically exploit” Madonna’s performance. It will do this, PACBI argued, in order to
mask its deepening oppression of Palestinians.
If you believe in equality and dignity for all, you will choose not to lend your star-power to the far-right Israeli government that is using Eurovision to cover up their continued human rights abuses.
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