An open letter has been published by a group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals in the West Bank calling on the Vogue singer to boycott the 18 May event over what it has claimed is the Israeli government’s continuing effort ‘to mask its deepening oppression of Palestinians’.
The 60-year-old is expected to hit the stage at the annual competition in Tel Aviv with the European Broadcasting Union confirming to Haaretz that the singer will perform two songs.
But the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) – part of a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign – has alleged her appearance would be used as propaganda by the Israeli government.
‘Palestinians hope that you will not undermine our struggle for freedom, justice and equality by performing at Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv, on the ruins of the ethnically-cleansed village of al-Shaykh Muwannis,’ the letter reads. read more →