Pressure is rising for Madonna to cancel her scheduled appearance at the Eurovision song contest final in Israel on 18 May. And now, activists have turned one of her most iconic songs into a powerful call to support Palestinian people and boycott the competition.
“Madonna don’t go”
London Palestine Action (LPA) turned Madonna’s hit song Papa Don’t Preach on its head. The new lyrics ask her to step out of the Eurovision, saying she really [0.17] “should know by now about the BDS movement”. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is a “Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality”. And as the song continues:
Always thought that you knew right from wrong… Israel’s been flouting international law… Just like South Africa – time to boycott apartheid, so please, Madonna don’t go to Eurovision.
There’s still time for @Madonna to #BoycottEurovision2019
Watch “#MadonnaDontGo", our spoof of “Papa Don’t Preach” and tell Madge to respect the Palestinian calls for #BDS (Boycott Divestment & Sanctions)! #Eurovision #ESC2019 #DareToDream #Eurovision2019 @EBU_HQ pic.twitter.com/pKxW0YUHh0
— LDNPalestineAction (@LondonPalestine) May 13, 2019
A context of oppression and massacres
In March 2018, Palestinian people began the Great Return March. Since then, Israel has killed at least 250 unarmed protesters including journalists, medics, and children. An estimated 29,000people have also been injured. And as Jewish Voice for Peace wrote in March 2019:
A recent investigation by the UN Human Rights Council determined that Israel Intentionally Shot Children and Journalists in Gaza in 2018, and that the Israeli military may have committed crimes against humanity in its shoot-to-kill response to the Great March of Return mass protests.
Alongside alleged Israeli war crimes and ethnic cleansing in the occupied West Bank, people in Gaza continue to live in what many observers describe as an open-air prison. It’s also a place where water pollution is a “leading cause of child mortality”. And in 2018, the UN said Gaza was facing “an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, caused by over 10 years of Israeli blockade“.
Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem reports (at the time of writing) that, between 19 January 2009 and 30 April 2019, Israelis killed 3,503 Palestinians and Palestinians killed 187 Israelis.
The latest call for Madonna to pull out of Eurovision, meanwhile, comes just a week after one of the deadliest Israeli bombing assaults on Gaza since 2014. Israeli forces killed at least 25 Palestinians, including several children and pregnant women. Armed groups in Gaza, meanwhile, reportedly killed four Israeli civilians – the first such deaths since 2014.'
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