Pro-Palestinian groups and organizations, such as Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and Jewish Voice For Peace, have called on US pop singer Madonna to cancel her performance at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, in May.
PACBI took it to Twitter to send the 60-year-old singer, who is expected to perform at the song contest in Tel Aviv, a message telling her that her performance and star-power will help cover up Israelâ€™s abuses against the Palestinians.
â€śTell Madonna that performing at Eurovision in Israel means lending her star-power to cover up Israel’s continued human rights abuses and harms the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justiceÂ andÂ equality,â€ť said PACBI in the Tweet that came with the hashtag #MadonnaDontGo.
Jewish Voice for Peace also tweeted: â€śStay home, Madonna. Lend your voice for freedom.â€ť It also posted a message for the singer on its website titled â€śTell Madonna to Choose Freedom,â€ť that said:
â€śThere’s no neutrality in situations of injustice. Please stand with us on the right side of history to create a better world for all and cancel your performance at Eurovision. If you believe in equality and dignity for all, you will choose not to lend your star-power to the far-right Israeli government that is using Eurovision to cover up their continued human rights abuses. Your performance at Eurovision will bring harm to the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justiceÂ andÂ equality.â€ť
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.