UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor: Investigate the Possibility that Israel is Committing the Crime of Genocide Against the Palestinian People
Israel’s culture of impunity assumes they can continue committing a gradual genocide against our existence, without us fighting back to reclaim our humanity and hold them accountable. If we “dare to dream,” to use Eurovision’s slogan this year, we face Israel’s multi-faced violence, which chases us wherever we go, even when we physically break free of Israeli systems of oppression to Europe. And unfortunately, the Israeli narrative continues to enjoy Western bias despite growing resistance from believers in global justice across the world. As a result, our suffering and yearning for freedom and justice is left unheard and unseen in the mainstream. Meanwhile, Israel and Western governments are criminalizing the BDS movement, which has given us an empowering non-violent tool to tackle those intersecting international systems of oppression against us, and a solidarity tactic to break this chain of complicity.
Eurovision is a mere example of how Israel is desperately trying to gain legitimacy through a stubborn insistence on old myths and the almost comical exhaustion of the same talking points. Because Zionism is a modern colonial movement that is incompatible with universal human rights and international law, and because Israel does not have any moral or legal justification for the colonization of Palestine and for the genocidal maltreatment of Palestinians, the Israeli regime will continue to desperately necessitate absurd propaganda in its efforts to narrate to the outside world, and probably to itself, a modified version of history, trying to prove that it has some sort of legitimacy.
A call for international human rights defenders to come to Palestine mid May (May 13 – May 19th) 2019 to support the cultural boycott of the Eurovision Singing Contest in Tel Aviv. … Whilst the colonization forces prepare historical Palestine for the upcoming Eurovision singing contest, the stage is also being set for further oppression and genocide of the Palestinian people.
Desde la Confederación General del Trabajo seguimos denunciando el genocidio del Pueblo Palestino por parte del Estado Israelí. A pesar de todos los intentos de lavado de imagen, la memoria histórica así como la realidad de los ataques a la clase obrera palestina por parte del Estado sionista son una constante diaria.
From the General Confederation of Labor we continue to denounce the genocide of the Palestinian People by the Israeli State. Despite all attempts at whitewashing, the historical memory as well as the reality of the attacks on the Palestinian working class by the Zionist State are a daily constant.
But the Basque and Crimean flags are deemed political, and therefore are forbidden. So is the flag of Palestine. For Europe, having Israel as a Western-aligned “watchdog” in the Middle East is far too important to allow a Palestinian flag to be seen on camera.
Winning Eurovision has been part of a long, cynical project by Israel to promote itself as a feminist, gay-friendly utopia – which has included a very literal instance of pinkwashing when it painted fighter jets pink – to distract from its brutal oppression of the Palestinian people.
Hosting Eurovision next year will be a further boon for that project. Artists from around Europe (and Australia) will descend on the country, posting to social media snaps of their carefully stage-managed tours.