Friday 24 May 2019

LGBT campaigners urge Irish singer Sarah McTernan to boycott Eurovision song contest

Sarah McTernan on The Voice
Sarah McTernan on The Voice
Sarah McTernan on The Voice of Ireland
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

LGBT campaigners have signed an open letter to Irish singer Sarah McTernan urging her to boycott this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.

The authors of the letter, who are part of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, claim the Middle Eastern country is supporting the LGBT community for the purpose of “whitewashing” its oppression of the Palestinian people.

The 19 signatories to the letter include prominent campaigners such as Senator David Norris and Ailbhe Smyth.

“We wish to congratulate you on your selection as the representative of Ireland to the Eurovision Song Contest this year,” the letter states.

“However, we feel we must write to you to express our deep concern at the political use of the Eurovision that is being made by Israel this year, and to highlight in particular the issue of ‘Pinkwashing’.

“Pinkwashing is a PR tactic used by Israel which cynically exploits support for LGBTQIA people to whitewash its oppression of the Palestinian people.

“We thank you for your time and hope you will consider our message and reconsider your decision to participate in this Israeli Pinkwashing exercise.”

The letter was sent almost two weeks ago, but the authors say they have not received a response. Attempts were made to contact Ms McTernan for comment.

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