A leading force in the anti-Israel BDS movement, Rogers Waters, enthusiastically promoted Globalvision.
By World Israel News Staff
As the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest is to be taking place in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, an alternative event called Globalvision “in support of contemporary Palestinian artists” is to be shown online, according to website and social media promotional announcements.
Israel gained the right to host this year’s Eurovision contest by virtue of winning it last year. Anti-Israel activists have pressured performers to boycott this year’s contest because of the venue.
Madonna, who is performing as a celebrity guest at the Eurovision event, arrived in Tel Aviv after stating that she would not succumb to anti-Israel political pressure.
“Globalvision will be a night of inclusion and diversity, celebrating Palestinian music and culture from pop to hip-hop via short films and stand up,” says the announcement on watchglobalvision.com. “As well as music and messages from well-known international artists, the broadcast will go live to gigs in Dublin, Haifa, London, and Bethlehem,” it adds.
The website says that “artists who have already submitted recordings for the broadcast include pioneering British artist Brian Eno, Palestinian soprano Dima Bawab, queer Palestinian pop artist Bashar Murad, and Israeli[-born] dream pop artist Ohal Grietzer. Globalvision is the night for Eurovision fans who are saying No to military occupation and No to the siege on Gaza,” it says.
A leading force of the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement, Rogers Waters – co-founder of the Pink Floyd rock band – is touted as enthusiastically promoting Globalvision.
“I’m calling on everyone involved in what I see as Eurovision’s betrayal of our joint humanity to focus on their capacity to empathize with their Palestinian brothers and sisters,” he says, according to the Globalvision website. “We, all of us, have, in my view, an absolute moral and human obligation as fellow human beings to answer their call,” he adds.
Globalvision uses “Dare to Dream Together” as its slogan, a take-off of Eurovision’s “Dare to Dream.”
Globalvision also uses the hashtag: #boycotteurovision2019.