'Activists have delivered a petition to Ireland’s Eurovision Song Contest entry calling on her to pull out of the event.
Sarah McTernan is due to perform in the semi-final of the competition in Tel Aviv on 16 May. The petition asks McTernan “to stand on the right side of history” and boycott the competition. According to the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), around 7,000 people signed the petition.
Irish LGBTQI+ activists previously appealed to McTernan to pull out of the competition.
The petition argues that McTernan must:
listen to the call from Palestinian artists, journalists and civil society organisations for people of conscience to refuse to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel due to that state’s oppression of the Palestinian people.
Because of this, the organisers of the petition are “respectfully asking” her to boycott the competition.
They also pointed out to McTernan that she will be performing for members of the Israeli military. The authors argued that the UN found these same people responsible for deliberately targeting civilians in Gaza. And as a result, they insisted that:
it should be unconscionable for any artist representing Ireland to be entertaining members of this military just a few miles down the road.'
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