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Over 30 Irish Anti-Apartheid veterans call for Irish Eurovision boycott

In an Open Letter published in today’s Irish Times, 32 veterans of the Irish movement against South African apartheid have called for an Irish boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest due to be held in Israel next week, comparing Israel to Apartheid-era South Africa. It is the latest move in the Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel. The signatories to the letter include renowned Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strikers Mary Manning and Karen Gearon, former Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement (IAAM) Gary Kilgallen, Rafique Mottiar and Louise Asmal respectively. Further signatories comprise 10 former … Continue reading

#BoycottEurovision: Apartheid Free Eurovision Events in Ireland

In response to the call from Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel, a whole range of Apartheid Free Eurovision events have been planned around the world – not least here at home in Ireland. So this year, give the Eurovision a miss and come to one of these amazing events instead. You won’t regret it! Tuesday 14th May DUBLIN: BYOB Anti-Apartheid Eurovision Fundraiser for Aida Youth Center (SJP) – 6pm, Jigsaw, Belvedere Court, D1 Saturday 18th May – Eurovision Night! DUBLIN: Palestine – You’re a Vision: Alternative Eurovision Night (PalFest) – 8pm, The Rigside … Continue reading

Eurovision: The Questions RTÉ Refuse to Answer

Last month, as news began to emerge of how the Israeli state was planning to politicise and militarise the Eurovision Song Contest, the Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel wrote to RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, with a series of questions regarding how these manoeuvres were going to be dealt with. Almost a month later, and despite following up, RTÉ have refused to respond. What steps are RTÉ taking to ensure that the Irish act chosen for this year will not perform for soldiers from the Israeli military? It should be absolutely unthinkable that the national Irish broadcaster … Continue reading

Sligo County Council calls for Irish Boycott of Eurovision

At its monthly meeting this week, Sligo County Council voted to call on RTÉ to boycott this years’ Eurovision Song Contest due to take place in Apartheid Israel. The motion notes that “the Eurovision will be openly used for political and militaristic propaganda purposes” and to whitewash Israel’s “ongoing occupation of Palestinian lands, its continued building of illegal colonial settlements in violation of international law and its human rights abuses and war crimes.” The motion, jointly moved by Cllrs. Declan Bree, Gino O’Boyle and Chris MacManus, was unanimously adopted at its meeting on Monday 1st April 2019. Welcoming the motion, … Continue reading

Land Day Protests for Gaza: One Year of the Great March of Return

On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March there will be mobilisations in Derry, Dublin, Belfast and Limerick to respond to the call from Gaza to mark the first anniversary of the heroic Great March of Return and to protest against the escalation of attacks on Gaza. The date also marks the 43rd Anniversary of Palestinian Land Day. Friday 29th March – Derry, 7pm – 8pm, Free Derry Corner Saturday 30th March – Dublin, 1pm – 2pm, The Spire, O’Connell St Saturday 30th March – Beflast, 3pm – 4pm, City Hall Saturday 30th March – Limerick, 4pm – 5pm, Thomas Street … Continue reading

Eurovision: RTÉ to broadcast Israeli settlement propaganda while acts to perform for Israeli soldiers

The Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel has learned the shocking news that the Israeli state broadcaster KAN, which is hosting the Eurovision song contest in May, will reserve 500 rehearsal tickets for Israeli soldiers. This despite the competition being billed by the EBU and RTÉ as “a non-political music event”. Furthermore, in an example showing just how political and propagandistic Israel’s hosting of Eurovision is, it was revealed that the locations on the “visual postcards” which RTÉ will broadcast between acts will feature the occupied Golan Heights among other places, likely including the Old City in Palestinian … Continue reading

Watch: Palestinian Freedom Conference – Overcoming the Ongoing Nakba (Dublin, May 2018)

On 12th and 23th May 2018, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Trade Union Friends of Palestine and BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights were honoured to host an inspiring and action-focused weekend of talks from important voices in the Palestinian struggle for Freedom, Justice and Equality. Speakers over the course of two days included Omar Barghouti, Haneen Zoabi, Ali Abunimah, John Reynolds, Sahar Francis, Lubnah Shomali, Shir Hever, Mona El Farra, Jamal Juma’, Eitan Bronstein Aparicio, Fatin Al Tamimi and Eamon McMahon. Now we are pleased to present the … Continue reading

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

In Pictures: New Year’s Eve vigils for Palestine held around Ireland

Happy New Year from Ireland to Palestine! Below are some pictures and a short video from the many solidarity vigils that took place around Ireland this New Year’s Eve to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2008/09 Israeli attack that killed over 1,400 people. Palestinians have asked us to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, so let’s work together even harder to ensure that 2019 is the year the people of Palestine finally enjoy freedom, justice and equality!

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