'Campaigners for gay, lesbian and transgender rights have urged a boycott of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
More than 60 LGBTQ groups from around the world have joined a new call to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians.
In a statement, the groups accuse Israel of “shamelessly using the Eurovision competition” to distract from war crimes.
The organization alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society contends that Israel is engaged in pinkwashing – the cynical use of LGBTQ rights by states and corporations to downplay their negative activities.
Haneen Maikey, director of alQaws, said that “Israel is using Eurovision as pop culture diplomacy” and is seeking to “exploit” the competition’s LGBTQ fans.
Maikey alleged that Israel was “feigning support for gay rights while it incarcerates millions of indigenous Palestinians in bantustans.”
The statement supported by LGBTQ groups argues that “resonances” can be found between the police and military violence encountered by Palestinians and that inflicted on gay and lesbian activists. A 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York and the riots which ensued are widely viewed as key events in the history of the LGBTQ liberation movement.'
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