RIP Sandie Jones, who sang the only Irish-language Eurovision Song Contest entry in Edinburgh in 1972. If you’d like to help her family her family bring her ashes back to Dublin to be buried with her parents you can click here https://t.co/Adr8FS9HLm
— the Irish World (@theirishworld) September 20, 2019
National Chairperson of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Fatin Al Tamimi outside RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin 4 in March, calling for RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Tel Aviv
I usually find Mark Paul a precise and interesting writer. However, his language in his opinion piece is unusually slipshod.
He describes the call for a boycott of the Israeli-hosted Eurovision song contest as “indiscriminate”, “blunt” and “ill-defined”.
It is none of those things: it is a peaceful, calibrated and proportionate attempt to exert leverage over the Israeli government so that it might change its egregious policies towards Palestinians.
Far from a failure to “communicate fairly” with Israelis, the boycott call is sending a serious and constructive message – that so long as its policies are persisted with, the Israeli government will not be allowed reap the propaganda and other benefits it very consciously seeks to accrue from its sponsorship of cultural events like the Eurovision.
For this mild and measured boycott call to be equated with anti-Semitism is, among other things, an insult to the many Jews (including Israelis) who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in defence of Palestinian rights.
From top: National Chairperson of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Fatin Al Tamimi; IPSC’s National Organiser Aisling Micklethwaite and IPSC’s press officer Betty Purcell; gardaí
Outside RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
Members of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and their supports, protest against Israel hosting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and call for RTE to boycott the event.
A few moments ago…
On RTÉ One’s News at One…
The head of the Irish Eurovision Delegation, RTÉ’s Michael Kealey responded to calls for a boycott and to the protest currently taking place outside RTÉ studios.
He told journalist Áine Lawlor that RTÉ is a public service broadcaster and doesn’t “take political stands”.
He said taking political stands is “not something we do”, before adding that the Eurovision is about music and not politics.
And he added: “If we introduce politics, you’ll have to look at the whole Eurovision itself.”
Listen back in full here
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign fanatics, true to form,have today launched a bullying campaign of harrassment,targeting Sarah McTernan, Irelands entrant in Eurovision song contest to intimidate her into refusing to take part in Tel Aviv.Odd way of marking Int Womens Day
— Alan Shatter (@Alan__Shatter) March 8, 2019
I visited today’s #eurovision protest outside RTÉ today to tell protestors of the Dublin Broadcasting Branch pledge to support any @NUJofficial member who doesn’t wish to participate in coverage on conscientious grounds. pic.twitter.com/7WDaq59Tvv
— emma o kelly (@emma_okelly) March 8, 2019
Earlier: EU May Like This
Second last pic: Barry Lenihan
Sarah McTernan – 22
Ireland’s act and song for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Sarah, age 24, from Scariff, County Clare, will compete in the second Eurovision Semi Final in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, May 16.
Written by Janieck, Marcia “Misha” Sondeijker and Roulsen.
Who all hail from the Netherlands.
Just announced: the host city for Eurovision 2019 will be… Tel Aviv! But will Ireland be represented?
Not content with boycotting Westminster, the Assembly and the Executive – Sinn Fein now want to boycott the Eurovision!! You couldn’t make it up!!! https://t.co/MTGwabJaFE
— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) August 29, 2018
Slavko Kalezić – Space
Cathal Farrell writes:
As Eurovision is only two weeks away, I thought you might like to see the entry from Montenegro. It’s all kinds of amazing….
Fun infographic ahead of tonight‘s Eurovision Semi-Final 2! Nicky currently at 4/1 to qualify. May be worth a punt….
Previously: Stockholm Sing Drome
— Ken Sweeney (@KenSweeney) May 12, 2016