Dublin’s mayor on Monday called for Ireland to boycott next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which is to be held in Israel, “in solidarity with the Palestinians”.
Mícheál Mac Donncha told Dublin Live news site that he would support a boycott of the Israeli-hosted event. “I would support that, I don’t think we should send a representative,” he said.
“I think the horrific ordeal of the Palestinian people needs to be highlighted,” he said. “There needs to be solidarity, just as there was with the people of South Africa with the apartheid regime.” Mac Donncha added, “The Irish-Palestine solidarity campaign has collected the names of 500 artists who have said they would not work in the State of Israel, that they would boycott it in the protest of the treatment of the Palestinian people.”
Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in two decades on Saturday, as Netta Barzilai clucked and bucked her way to the top of the international competition with the women’s empowerment anthem “Toy.”
Barzilai’s win means Israel will host next year’s Eurovision competition — probably in Jerusalem — an event expected to bring thousands of fans and worldwide exposure to the Jewish state.