Friday 20 July 2018

Famous faces call for boycott of Eurovision contest in Israel

Senator David Norris
Senator David Norris

Sorcha O'Connor

A group of Irish artists and politicians has called for a boycott of next year's 'Eurovision Song Contest' in Israel.

Senator David Norris was among those that gathered at the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin yesterday protesting Israel hosting the competition next year.

He told the Irish Independent that Eurovision couldn't be held in a place where there had been "appalling attacks on the people of Palestine by the Israeli military".

Mr Norris added that Eurovision was a celebration of happiness.

"Eurovision is fun and happiness - how can you really celebrate fun and happiness when there is a large open-air prison in Gaza, squeezing that number of people into a tiny area and then bombing them," Mr Norris said.

Actress Carrie Crowley was also present at the event. Ms Crowley has previously hosted the competition and said she was there not from a political standpoint, but in human interest.

"Irish people understand what it feels like to be evicted, to lose our homes, to lose tenancy, to lose land rights - so that to me is one of the biggest things," she said.

The protest was organised to launch the 'Irish Call to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel'. Many other famous figures have already signed the petition against Israel hosting the event, including Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan, Irish broadcaster and former Eurovision commentator Mike Murphy, Riverdance set designer Robert Ballagh, and Irish singers Christy Moore and Mary Black.

Irish Independent

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