'People across Europe are taking action in response to the Palestinian call to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest being hosted next week in Tel Aviv.
London Palestine Action and Queers for Justice in Palestine on Friday released a catchy spoof of the Village People’s “YMCA” to urge broadcaster Graham Norton to drop out as the BBC’s Eurovision host.
“Stand up for justice, say Yes, BDS!” the activists sing, urging support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
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Meanwhile, two LGBTQ organizations have canceled Eurovision parties in response to the Palestinian call not to allow Israel to use the event to obscure its human rights crimes.
Barcelona’s El Casal Lambda – established in 1976 as the Franco dictatorship ended – said it had canceled its viewing party next Saturday, citing its “long and extensive experience defending human rights.”
El Casal Lambda s’afegeix al conjunt d’entitats LGTBI que reproven el Festival d’Eurovisió d’enguany. En conseqüència, la situació d’aquesta edició ha portat a la decisió última de suspendre l’activitat programada pel dia 18 al Centre @BarcelonaLGTBI. pic.twitter.com/LzrgzQA1Rb
— Casal Lambda (@CasalLambda) May 8, 2019
Barcelona’s long-established LGBTQ+ org @CasalLambda has canceled its @Eurovision party at @BarcelonaLGTBI, joining 100+ LGBTQ+ orgs boycotting the contest!#BoycottEurovision2019 #ApartheidFreeEurovision #ESC2019 #Eurovision2019 #Eurovision #DareToDreamhttps://t.co/1x3Nks5fKC
— PACBI (@PACBI) May 9, 2019
Copenhagen’s LGBT+ Ungdom center also canceled a Eurovision party and is organizing an alternative event.
The youth organization said members decided they could not go ahead with the original event because of Eurovision’s use of pinkwashing.
Pinkwashing is the public relations strategy that deploys Tel Aviv’s gay party culture and Israel’s supposed enlightenment toward LGBTQ issues to deflect criticism from its human rights abuses against Palestinians.
Pinkwashing is typically aimed at Western liberal audiences.
Dozens of LGBTQ groups had already called for a boycott of Eurovision, and many are hosting “apartheid-free” parties on Eurovision finals night as an alternative.'
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