The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) called today upon Iceland’s Eurovision entrant Hatari to withdraw from the contest, held in Tel Aviv next month.
PACBI, a founding member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement National Committee, said that “the most meaningful expression of solidarity is to cancel performances in apartheid Israel”.
Hatari have previously said, “If Iceland’s contestant does not use their influence to point out the obvious, the absurdity of frolicking and dancing at the same time as millions live just a few miles away with reduced freedom and constant uncertainty about their own wellbeing and safety, then we have failed.”
Alia Malak of PACBI recently told Pinknews that thousands of artists now publicly support the call from Palestinian artists and cultural organizations for the cultural boycott of Israel.
More than 100,000 people have signed petitions supporting the Palestinian call for the boycott of the contest hosted by Israel, as part of the ongoing BDS movement.
In March, more than 100 Palestinian artists wrote an open letter appealing to all Eurovision finalists to withdraw, “to avoid participating in Israel’s explicit agenda of using international artists’ appearances to whitewash its crimes against humanity.”
26 Israeli artists also urged Eurovision contestants to cancel, saying in an open letter they “can’t sit silent as our Palestinian counterparts suffer silencing, dehumanization and violence”.
The Palestinian-led BDS movement was founded in 2005 with three aims: the end of Israel’s military occupation, full equality for Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.