It looks like a number of artists have asked Israel not to be the destination for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Among these  50 or so artists, are Vivienne Westwood, Peter Gabriel and Alice Wolf.

To Israel or not to Israel
Image: Times of Israel

Apparently, these artists asked to speak to the BBC Eurovision organisers to ask for this event to be organised elsewhere, having said that there was a violation of fundamental human rights.

The contest is to be held in Tel Aviv in May, after the singer Netta had won this prestigious festival last year. As we all know, usually, the winning country hosts the next festival. However, an influential group of people like Mike Leigh, Maxine Peake and Miriam Margolyes remarked that “We can not ignore the violation of fundamental rights of the Palestinians”. “The BBC is known for its support and belief to freedom of expression. It is in the interest of countries hosting the Eurovision offenses which carry this fundamental human right “.

So guess we will have to wait and see whether our ambassador for this year Michela Pace will be flying to Israel or elsewhere!