Charlie McGettigan calls for Ireland to boycott next year's Eurovision in Israel

Esequiel Farfan
May 17, 2018

Eurovision victor Charlie McGettigan and broadcaster Mike Murphy have called for a boycott on next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Speaking with Joe Duffy on RTE Radio 1, he said that Ireland should resist attempts to have the Eurovision hosted in Israel, and that it's broadcaster should consider boycotting it if the event goes ahead in the country.

"I think they need to make a decision, but if they don't, I think we need to make the decision not to go", McGettigan said on Liveline on Tuesday.

Duffy asked whether such a statement would make a difference, pointing to photos of crowds welcoming Eurovision victor Netta home in Tel Aviv.

"I think the people who organise the Eurovision should make a statement by not having the Eurovision in Jerusalem next year, that they should have it somewhere else".

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He adds: "It was awful yesterday, seeing Netanyahu and the Trumps celebrating while people are dead".

"I think this is an opportunity now where boycott comes right into it, and this is where we in Ireland need to stand up and be counted and say "we're not competing", Murphy said.

As of may 17, more than 21.5 thousand people have signed a petition in Icelandic on the website Change to boycott the contest "Eurovision-2019", as it will be held in Israel.

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