Published On: Tue, Mar 19th, 2019

Roger Waters urges artists to boycott Eurovision in Israel

Roger Waters, the singer dedicated to boycotting Israel over the occupied Palestinian territories, posted an open letter to the 41 finalists of 2019 Song Contest set to be held in Tel Aviv in May

The former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters is one of the most vocal advocates for the cultural boycott of Israel, over the controversial occupied Palestinian territories.

On Monday the 75-year-old legend took one step further and has called on the 41 finalists participating in 2019 Eurovision in Tel Aviv to boycott the event over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Last year Israeli Netta Barzilai’s song “Toy” won the Eurovision contest and the Israel right to host the prestigious song competition on May 18 at Expo Tel Aviv.

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ARE YOU THE ONE? AN OPEN LETTER TO CONAN OSIRIS AND THE OTHER 41 FINALISTS FOR THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST. A few days ago, I wrote a private letter to a young talented Portuguese singer, Conan Osiris. He had just won the right to represent Portugal in the @eurovision song contest final, and was reported as saying he wasn’t sure if he would go to Tel Aviv or not. I listened to his song, and then got a translation of the lyrics it was about using his cell phone to ask questions about life and death and love. It was quite deep. I was told by friends that Conan Osiris might join the vast network of artists who are heeding the Palestinian call to boycott Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv. So I wrote and suggested to him that here he had an opportunity to speak up for life over death and also for human rights over human wrongs. How? By standing shoulder to shoulder, with his oppressed brothers and sisters in Palestine. He could show solidarity with the 189 un-armed protestors shot to death by Israel’s snipers in Gaza last year alone, including at least 35 children. But how could our brother Conan stand up? By refusing to join the cultural whitewash of what a recent UN report calls Israel’s war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, by refraining from providing his art to art-wash Israel’s systematic ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian communities to expand and maintain its apartheid state. Conan can refuse to perform in front of the segregated audience in Tel Aviv at the Eurovision song contest finals this coming May. In my letter I explained that Eurovision could be a tipping point, I appealed to Conan to stand up and be counted. Sadly, until now, there is no reply from Conan. There is news though, reliable sources tell me that young Conan has been personally approached and persuaded to go to the finals by an organization called Creative Community for Peace (CCfP). Ahhhh! For anyone who doesn’t know, CCfP has been exposed as an offshoot of the far-right Israeli government backed propaganda organizations “Stand With Us” and “The Israel Emergency Fund”. Read more at http://facebook.com/rogerwaters

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The rock musician posted on his Instagram account an open letter to the 41 singers finalists that Israel is an Apartheid regime, responsible for ethnic cleansing of Palestinian communities.

As an active at Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement he has frequently asked performers to refrain from coming to Israel.

After winning the right to host the song contest, the former Pink Floyd singer, together with more than 100 of musicians, actors, filmmakers, and directors from around the globe, was calling for a boycott of the Eurovision in Tel Aviv.

The letter published by the Guardian said they supported Palestinian artists’ boycott of the contest since Israel “violates Palestinian human rights.”

“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 read and continued, “Eurovision 2019 should be boycotted if it is hosted by Israel while it continues its grave, decades-old violations of Palestinian human rights.”

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