Inspired by the artists who protested apartheid in South Africa by calling for a cultural boycott, Palestinian civil society similarly urges the international community to boycott and cancel events involving Israel and its cultural institutions.
Given that Israel explicitly uses the arts to normalise its image and deflect growing criticisms of its violations of Palestinian human rights, thousands of artists across the world now refuse to perform in Israel. This includes global superstars such as Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, Lauryn Hill and Chuck D.
With Eurovision 2019 being held in Israel, a Eurovision boycott campaign is spreading across Europe and beyond, including from former Eurovision winners, commentators and presenters, legendary artists, trade unions and political parties.
To discuss the progress and developments of the Eurovision boycott campaign, we welcome Ziyaad Yousef from the Eurovision BDS campaign. Ziyaad will centre the Eurovision campaign within the broader cultural boycott successes which have been growing internationally and their significance to the struggle for Palestinian rights. We will also welcome Julie Steendam from Intal Globalize Solidarity to talk more specifically about the Eurovision campaign in Belgium and how people can get involved in the campaign locally.
Their presentation will be followed by an open Q&A and discussion.
More about our speakers ///
Ziyaad Yousef is a member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).
Julie Steendam is a group organiser for Intal Globalize Solidarity. Intal is a Belgian movement for international solidarity. They had previous successes by pushing Dexia bank to stop its investments in Israeli settlements.
Link to the Belgian Eurovision BDS campaign: https://www.boycott-apartheid-eurovision.be
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