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Listen: Boycott Eurovision in Apartheid Israel discussion on Newstalk

On Tuesday 19th February, Betty Purcell of the Irish campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel was a guest on the Moncrieff Show, on Newstalk radio. Betty outlined why we took up the call from Palestine to support a boycott, how Israel uses cultural events like the Eurovision to ‘artwash’ its oppression of Palestinians, the support the campaign has enjoyed so far, and future steps for the campaign. Listen here Betty Purcell on the Irish campaign to bocyott Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel’ [Newstalk, 2019-02-19] – (Download here)

NUJ Dublin Broadcasting Branch commits to supporting members refusing to cover Eurovision Song Contest in Israel

The Irish Campaign to Boycott the Eurovision in 2019 in Israel welcomes the motion passed by the Dublin Broadcasting Branch of the NUJ on 29th January whereby it states it “will support any member, working in RTÉ or elsewhere, who chooses to exercise a conscientious objection towards involvement in coverage of the song contest.” The motion was passed by a large majority and represents a recognition that the Eurovision contest in Israel presents serious ethical issues for anyone who cares about human rights. We welcome this support for workers choosing not to participate in coverage of the contest, either in … Continue reading

Eurovision: More than 60 LGBTQ+ groups call for boycott of contest in Apartheid Israel

More than 60 queer and trans liberation organizations from nearly 20 countries across Europe and beyond, including from Ireland, are calling on global LGBTQIA communities to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. The signatories condemn Israel’s “shameful” use of Eurovision, which has a strong following among LGBTQIA communities, to “distract attention from its war crimes against Palestinians” and “forward its pinkwashing agenda, the cynical use of gay rights to distract from and normalize Israel’s occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid.” The statement, initiated by Palestinian queer groups, recalls the 1969 Stonewall Riots symbolizing LGBTQIA resistance against daily harassment and violence, … Continue reading

Sign the Irish Call to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel

Ireland must play no part in the art-washing of Israeli oppression. Palestinian artists, journalists and civil society groups have issued a call for internationals to boycott the 2019 Eurovision due to be staged in Israel, due to Israel’s “regime of military occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid” which is “shamelessly using Eurovision as part of its official ‘Brand Israel’ strategy”. In solidarity with this call from the oppressed Palestinian people we ask you to join some 17,000 people in signing the Irish petition calling for RTÉ, and all potential participants, to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION … Continue reading

RTÉ asked to support call for ban on Eurovision broadcast in illegal Israeli settlements

On Thursday 6th December, to coincide with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s General Assembly, the Irish Campaign to Boycott the Eurovision in Apartheid Israel 2019 wrote to the Director General of RTÉ, Dee Forbes, Rory Coveney, Strategic Advisor to the Director General, and Michael Kealy, Head of RTÉ’s delegation for Eurovision, asking them to call on the EBU not to broadcast any Eurovision events into Israel’s illegal settlements in occupied Palestine. The international campaign, acting in solidarity with Palestinian civil society, has widespread support with over 30,000 people signing a European-wide petition demanding the Eurovision not be held in Israel. … Continue reading

20 more public figures join Irish Eurovision boycott campaign as RTE announces call for submissions

The Irish Campaign to boycott the Eurovision in Israel 2019, has secured the support of a further 20 public figures including actor Stephen Rea, and musical artists Mary Coughlan, Luka Bloom and the members of Kíla , have called on RTÉ not to participate and for musicians not to make submissions to the contest. The news comes just days after the Irish National Broadcaster RTÉ announced its call for entrants for the song contest. The other new endorsers include singers and musicians Grainne Holland, Tiona McSherry, and the members of FreeSpeakingMonkey, veteran LGBTQ campaigner Cathal Kerrigan, former Lord Mayor of … Continue reading

RTÉ Director General meets with Palestinian rights campaigners over Eurovision boycott; 11,000-strong petition in support of boycott handed in

On Wednesday 26th September, representatives of the Irish campaign for a boycott of Eurovision 2019 in Israel held a meeting with the Director General of RTÉ Dee Forbes. At the meeting, at which Rory Coveney, Strategic Advisor to the Director General of RTÉ, and Michael Kealy, Head of RTÉ’s delegation for Eurovision, were also present, a petition signed by over 11,000 people was handed in. The campaigners explained the strength and breadth of support for a boycott in Irish society – including from Irish and international public figures like Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Wolf Alice, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Charlie … Continue reading

Over 140 leading International and Irish artists issue letter calling for boycott of Eurovision in Israel

Mike Murphy, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Charlie McGettigan, Mary Coughlan, Luka Bloom and Robert Ballagh are among 141 international artists who signed a letter supporting the Palestinian call for a boycott of Eurovision 2019 due to be hosted in Israel. Also among the signatories to the letter are Brian Eno, The Knife, Wolf Alice, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Moddi, Alia Shawkat, Roger Waters, Alexi Sayle, Julie Christie, AL Kennedy and Nick Seymour of Crowded House. In an open letter published in The Guardian this evening, they write: “Until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights to all humans, there … Continue reading

The ‘Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel’ reaches landmark 600 signatures

As calls grow for Ireland to boycott the 2019 Eurovision due to be held in Israel, the “Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel” has just passed the 600 signatory mark. Current signatories include Stephen Rea, Sinéad Cusack, Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Damien Dempsey, Neilí Conroy, Conor Kostick, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Barry Murphy, Sharon Shannon, Robert Ballagh, Mary Black, Kíla, Mike Murphy and Frances Black. See the full list and sign up yourself at https://www.ipsc.ie/pledge The Pledge – which commits signatories to refrain from performing in the apartheid state of Israel – was launched by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) in … Continue reading

Celebrities & public figures launch Irish campaign to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel

Celebrities and public figures gathered at Dublin’s iconic Ha’penny Bridge today, Wednesday 27th June, to launch the Irish Call to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel.  CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST OF SUPPORTERS The launch came just as news broke that the Israeli government announced that it had dropped its condition that the Eurovision must take place in Jerusalem, a first victory for the campaign seeking its total removal from the state. As the BDS Movement in Palestine has noted, this move “marks a striking failure in Israel’s PR efforts to assert its illegal claim over Jerusalem in … Continue reading

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