Public figures, including Stephen Fry, Sharon Osbourne, Marina Abramovic and pop mogul Scooter Braun signed a letter opposing the proposed boycott Eurovision Song Contest this year, which will be held in Tel Aviv in May.
Their letter states that the Eurovision in the "spirit of unity" across the continent is "under attack by those who are calling for a boycott of Eurovision in 2019, because it is held in Israel to undermine the spirit of competition and make it an instrument of unity in the weapons division."
He continues: "We believe that the cultural boycott movement & # 39 is an insult to the Palestinians and Israelis working to promote peace through compromise, exchange and mutual recognition. While we can all have different views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the best way to peace, we all agree that the cultural boycott is not the answer. "
Non-profit organization Creative Community Peace (CCFP) are behind the letter, which has more than 100 signatories. Furthermore, among them Simmons of Kiss group actor Al Murray, Countdown to co-host Rachel Riley and Spanish singer / composer Conchita, AKA Maria Concepci Mendívil.
Ari Ingel, CCFP Director, said: "The members of the entertainment industry, who have signed this declaration, together with thousands of people approved his message, everyone believes in building bridges through music and art as a means to achieve better mutual understanding in the region and the world."
Their letter comes in response to the numerous calls involving artists and broadcast partner boycott the competition. Boycott, alienation, sanctions (BDS) movement claim that Israel is "shamelessly using Eurovision as part of its official Brand Israel strategy, which is" Israel's prettier face "to whitewash and divert attention from its war crimes against the Palestinians."
In January 2019 the British figures, including Vivienne Westwood, Peter Gabriel, Roger Waters, Mike Lee, Julie Christie, Maxine Peake, Caryl Churchill and artist Alice Wolf signed a letter urging the BBC to cancel coverage song contest 2019.
The signatories criticized Israel for its occupation of Palestinian territories. "Eurovision may be light entertainment, but it is not exempt from human rights issues – and we can not ignore the systematic violation of Palestinian human rights by Israel."
In response, the BBC has confirmed its commitment to airing the events: "Eurovision Song Contest is not of & # 39 is a political event, and does not support any political message or the company. Competition has always supported the values of friendship, integration, tolerance and diversity, and we do not believe that it would be appropriate to use part BBC political reasons. Because of this, we will take part in the event this year. The host country is determined according to the rules of the competition, not the BBC. "
Roger Waters urged Madonna to get her scheduled appearance at the event. She did not answer. In September 2018, he also wrote an open letter to the 41 finalists with a request to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with the Palestinian people. Until now, not competing country has not canceled his participation due to the placement of the contest. In February, Ukraine is removed after its competitor selection process became entangled in political tensions with Russia.
The competition is held in Israel after the country's victory in 2018, for the track pop singer NETTA Barzilai toys. Prem & # 39; er-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted the competition to be held in Jerusalem, but the city nationality is disputed, with Palestinians say the Israeli-occupied area as a potential future capital. Instead, Tel Aviv will host the contest, which is scheduled for May 18. Michael Rice, 21, will represent Britain.
• An earlier version of this story stated that former Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst signed the letter. It is actually a Spanish singer / songwriter Conchita, AKA Maria Concepci Mendívil. This has been fixed.