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ISRAEL 🇮🇱 The latest episodes in Gaza brought many to discuss the eligibility of Israel to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Irish Mayor of Dublin and 1994 Eurovision winner are against participating in the next Eurovision edition followed by an online petition in Iceland.
Now, without taking any stand and avoiding any analysis of the issue I have some keen questions. But let’s see what happened so far.
Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan has called for Ireland to boycott next year’s contest if it is to be held in Israel. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids singer’s remarks came a day after 60 Palestinians, including an eight-month-old baby, were killed by Israeli troops in Gaza. “I think the people who organise the Eurovision should make a statement by not having the Eurovision in Jerusalem next year, that they should have it somewhere else,” McGettigan told Joe Duffy on RTÉ Radio 1 yesterday.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin believes Ireland should boycott the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. Sinn Fein councillor Micheal Mac Donncha feels entering next year’s competition – which will be held in Israel – would be appropriate because of the country’s ongoing conflict with Palestine.
Councillor Mac Donncha was recently banned from entering the Middle Eastern country after attending a conference in Ramallah at the invitation of the Palestinian Authority. At the time, the Israeli embassy in Dublin accused Mac Donncha and Dublin City Council of “waging a campaign of hatred and discrimination” against them.
More than 18,000 people have signed a petition calling for Iceland to boycott next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, citing human rights violations against Palestinian people. The petition, started by developer Árni Steingrímur Sigurðsson, calls on national broadcaster RUV to withdraw Iceland from the contest.
With more than 18,000 signatures by Wednesday afternoon, the petition argues that “in view of the human rights abuses of Israel against the Palestinian people, it is morally indefensible to engage in a glamorous event like the Eurovision.”
Now my (rhetorical) questions: Back in 1999 Iceland and Ireland participated. I wonder whether suppression of the Palestines appeared later as they never protested for it. Question number two: for years the dispute between Israel and Palestine headlines the international news. Why all those years, EBU, Council of Europe and without any Head of Delegation VETO are still allowing Israel to participate? Third question: This year the Irish jury gave 7 points to Israel and the Irish public 6 points. Icelandic jury gave 8 points and the public 7 points to Israel.
I rest my case in this joke.