Artists Call for Eurovision Boycott

This year, the Eurovision music festival takes place on May the 14th in Tel Aviv. Israel won the right to host the Eurovision competition because Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won first place last year. Now, her victory was celebrated with a massive party in Tel Aviv on the very same day that that Israeli forces killed 59 unarmed protesters in Gaza, who are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, which is the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 during what the Israelis see as the war of liberation following the founding of the state of Israel.
 
For the Israeli public, being part of Eurovision is a huge deal. Even though Israel is not part of Europe, it’s symbolically extremely important. There’s now a worldwide campaign calling on Eurovision not to hold the event in Israel. Many artists in Australia, Iceland, other nations, have declared they will not compete if Eurovision is held in Tel Aviv.
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