The non-violent strategy of boycott was a key contributor to the collapse of white-ruled South Africa apartheid. It's time to take action again and stand on the right side of the history.
We urge the Eurovision Song Contest to exclude apartheid Israel from the contest.
"..TO REMAIN SILENT AND INDIFFERENT IS THE GREATEST SIN OF ALL." (Jewish-American writer, professor, human rights activist, Nobel Laureate, and holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, the author of 'Night')
Israel is using Eurovision Song context as a propaganda tool.
It is to choose the side of the oppressor if EBU allow them with silent consent.
In 2005, Nissim Ben-Sheetrit of Israel’s Foreign Ministry emphasised: "We see culture as a propaganda tool of the first rank, and I do not differentiate between between propaganda and culture". Israel is guilty of crimes against humanity and its artists are considered by their apartheid regime to be its ambassadors. Shall EBU allow it by silent consent? We say NO of course not!
In 2006, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched an multi-million dollar initiative called “Brand Israel,” whereby culture is used to whitewash an apartheid state founded on the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and occupation of their land. Arye Mekel of Israel’s Foreign Ministry explained “We willsend well-known novelists and writers overseas, theatre companies, exhibits… This way you show Israel’s prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in the context of war.” Shall EBU contribute to the hiding of the ugly truth, by pretending it doesn't exist? We say NO of course not.
In 2008, Israeli poet Yitzhak Laor explained the contacts Israeli artists going abroad with foreign Ministry funding have to sign includes a 'Brand Israel' clause that [the artist] "is aware that the purpose of ordering services from him is to promote the policy interest of the State of Israel via culture and art, including contributing to creating a positive image for Israel" furthermore it stipulatesthat this relationship must remain secret.
Israelis such as EX Zionists Professor Ilan Pappe author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Miko Peled Author of The Generals Son, are ashamed of Apartheid Israel and are leaving Israel in droves. Jewish people all across the world are calling on you to help end the apartheid
racism of the Zionist state by signing the petition calling on the organisers of the Eurovision Song Competition to EXPEL apartheid Israel from the competition.
Palestinian artists and musicians are routinely prevented from performing abroad as the result when Israel often refuses to allow Palestinians to cross military checkpoints leading to a dead end instead of the airport.
On 9 March 2012, for instance, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination called (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/CERD.C.ISR.CO.14-16.pdf
on Israel to end its racist policies and laws that contravene the prohibition against racial segregation and apartheid.
But it is the massacres of the innocents, such as the 538 of last July and the massacre of 29 members of the Samouni Family, in cold blood and other acts of inhumanity that are so utterly objectionable, that right thinking artists shouldn't perform with, organises should not allow into song competitions, and members of the public should not watch without consideration for thedeath and destruction to innocent lives.
The 2014 "WAR" was a massacre of 2011 civilians at least 538 innocent children and the permanent maiming of 1000 more children and the wilful demolition of 58,000 homes leaving 130,000 innocent people homeless.
Shall EBU pretend as if Israel never did this? Shall EBU allow Israel to wave the flag of the oppressor in the face of all the Palestinian viewers, many as refugees in Europe, and human rights activists and right minded people? We say NO. We urge you to do the same.