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While Israel continues its occupation of Palestine, and oppresses the Palestinian people through policies of apartheid, land theft and brutal violence; while unarmed Palestinian protesters are shot and killed by the Israeli occupation forces



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fly bird (26)
Friday June 15, 2018, 8:07 pm
To: RTÉ and All Potential Participants
Irish Call to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel

We call on RTÉ, and all potential participants, not to play any part in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, due to be held in Israel

Why is this important?


While Israel continues its occupation of Palestine, and oppresses the Palestinian people through policies of apartheid, land theft and brutal violence; while unarmed Palestinian protesters are shot and killed by the Israeli occupation forces; and while Palestinian artists are continuously oppressed by the Israeli state, Ireland should not send artists to perform there.

Instead, Ireland should heed the call from the Palestinian people to boycott the competition in an act of solidarity - a call echoed by Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan and former Eurovision commentator and legendary broadcaster Mike Murphy. Ireland’s Eurovision team should join musicians of conscience like Sinéad O’Connor, Elvis Costello, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, Roger Waters and most recently Lorde, who have heeded the call to boycott Israel until it complies with international law.

The Palestinian Call for a Cultural Boycott: In 2005, over 200 Palestinian civil society organisations issued a call for an academic and cultural boycott of Israel, modelled on the boycott of apartheid-era South Africa. Since then, thousands of artists all over the world have heeded this call and the list grows daily. In 2010, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign launched its Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel, which almost 600 cultural workers have signed to date. In March 2017, the Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI) passed a motion in support of the cultural boycott of Israel, urging its members not to perform there until Israel “recognises equal rights for Palestinians and observes international law.”

This petition is part of a global campaign, which has already garnered huge support, to boycott the Eurovision in Israel. Here in Ireland we have a proud tradition of standing with the oppressed and against injustice. The word ‘boycott’ originated here as we fought against colonialism, just as Palestinians are fighting for their freedom today. To send Irish contestants to a Eurovision contest held in Israel would be a betrayal of our great anti-colonial tradition. Ireland needs to stands on the right side of history by standing with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice, equality and a true peace.

https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/irish-call-to-boycott-eurovision-2019-in-israel


 

fly bird (26)
Friday June 15, 2018, 8:08 pm
Sign the Irish Call
Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel

Ireland must play no part in the art-washing of Israeli oppression. Palestinian artists, journalists and civil society groups have issued a call for internationals to boycott the 2019 Eurovision due to be staged in Israel, due to Israel’s “regime of military occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid” which they say is “shamelessly using Eurovision as part of its official ‘Brand Israel’ strategy”.

In solidarity with this call from the oppressed Palestinian people we ask you to sign the Irish petition calling for RTÉ, and all potential participants, to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel.

Click here to sign the petition →

http://www.ipsc.ie/
 

Judy C (97)
Friday June 15, 2018, 8:20 pm
Signed. Thanks Fly.
 

Colleen L (3)
Friday June 15, 2018, 9:01 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Fly
 

S J (130)
Saturday June 16, 2018, 5:11 am
Meows fly meow
 

DerekDeka Richardson (37)
Saturday June 16, 2018, 5:37 am
Noted, thank you.
 

Ben O (142)
Saturday June 16, 2018, 5:42 am
Signed!
 

Derek Richardson (295)
Saturday June 16, 2018, 5:44 am
Thank you, noted.
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday June 16, 2018, 5:59 am
300 prominent global figures accuse Israel of committing ‘war crimes’ .
June 12, 2018

Israel’s forcible transfer of thousands of Palestinians has been denounced as a war crime by over 300 elected officials, legal scholars, academics, artists, faith leaders and activists from around the world.

The universal show of solidarity to the Palestinians was published in an open letter which voiced strong opposition to Israel’s plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the occupied West Bank.

Signatories include 90 members of parliament, many of whom are from the EU and UK parliaments. Other notable signatories include ten Israel Prize laureates, film director Ken Loach, artists Ai Weiwei, author Alice Walker, academic Noam Chomsky and several musicians. Dozens of Rabbis have also signed the letter denouncing Israel for what many would describe ethnic cleansing.

Forcible transfer – by direct physical force or by creating a coercive environment that makes residents leave their homes – is a war crime

the letter states.

Mentioning, in particular, residents facing expulsion from three areas; the Jordan Valley, the South Hebron Hills and East Jerusalem, the letter says that Israel “aims to establish facts on the ground that would achieve exclusive de-facto Israeli control in those areas and eventually facilitate formal annexation”.

“Israel’s plans,” the letter points out, “range from freezing Palestinian development, through minimising Palestinian foothold in major parts of the West Bank, to the destruction and transfer of entire communities.” The plans, they add, are being implemented through “coercive measures” which are listed as: not being allowed to build new private or public buildings; denied access to water grids or to pave access roads; demolitions; threats and confiscation of essential equipment.

After denouncing Israel for committing “war crimes” the letter says that “all people responsible for it – including Israeli prime minister and the minister of defence – bear personal responsibility.”

They also accuse Israel’s high court of “rubber stamping” the criminal policies of the Israeli government. “All it does is also implicate Israeli High Court justices in what is nothing short of a war crime, no matter how much legal formalism is enlisted in an effort to excuse the inexcusable,” the letter concludes.

Open letter which voiced strong opposition to Israel’s plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the occupied West Bank [File photo]

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180612-300-prominent-global-figures-accuse-israel-of-committing-war-crimes/
 

Peggy B (43)
Saturday June 16, 2018, 8:59 am
# 2,179
 

Sue H (7)
Saturday June 16, 2018, 10:54 am
Noted and signed, thanks.
 

Sabrina D (17)
Saturday June 23, 2018, 12:54 am
Signed
 

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday July 12, 2018, 7:41 am
noted
 
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