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Sarah McTernan - Don't Go to Eurovision in Apartheid Israel

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Sarah McTernan - Don't Go to Eurovision in Apartheid Israel

Please don't participate in the Eurovision in apartheid Israel, don't cross the Palestinian picket line.

Why is this important?

To Sarah McTernan

We call on you not to perform in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.

It is a great honour and testament to your talent to be selected to represent Ireland, yet we must ask you to listen to the call from Palestinian artists, journalists and civil society organisations for people of conscience to refuse to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel due to that state’s oppression of the Palestinian people. We support that call, as do thousands of people in Ireland and internationally, and are respectfully asking that you decline to take part in this year’s Eurovision.

While Israel - a state which has repeatedly been accused of war crimes by the United Nations and human rights organisations, and openly boasts of how it uses art and culture to whitewash its crimes - continues its oppression of the Palestinian people, no artist of conscience should participate in this ‘culturewashing’ event.

Performing at the Eurovision in Israel is a deeply political act; you will be expected to sing for 500 members of the Israeli military who have had seats reserved by the state. We sincerely hope that you will not countenance performing for a military which just last week was found by a UN Commission of Inquiry to likely have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by killing deliberately targeting and killing civilians, including children, medics, journalists and disabled people in its attacks on unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza.

These attacks are ongoing on a daily basis, and it should be unconscionable for any artist representing Ireland to be entertaining members of this military just a few miles down the road.

Ireland has a proud tradition of standing with the oppressed and against injustice and we sincerely hope you will take this opportunity to stand on the right side of history by refraining from crossing the Palestinian picket line. It would be a principled stand for freedom, justice, equality and a show of solidarity and empathy with the oppressed.


Reasons for signing

  • Sarah you are supporting murders and pleading ignorance is not good enough. You know damn well so pull out
  • Sarah why are you doing this. People would respect you more if you did the right thing. There is a genocide happening and you are there celebrating and completely ignoring what's happening. Please do the right thing. The lives in Palestine are worth more than your moment in the spotlight. Be the kind of person who stands up for human rights.
  • I was in Lebanon with the army and travelled to Israel and to what's left of Palestine. I saw how citizens of the self proclaimed Jewish state of Israel master it up over the non-Jews under it's control. It is wrong that people have different legal systems applying to them dependent on their religion/ethnicity. There's a word for it, it's called apartheid.... and its wrong and immoral

Updates

2019-04-05 21:52:14 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2019-03-08 20:45:18 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-03-08 14:50:26 +0000

500 signatures reached

2019-03-08 11:07:12 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-03-08 10:39:22 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-03-08 10:28:44 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-03-08 10:21:42 +0000

10 signatures reached