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Roger Waters urges Madonna to cancel Eurovision performance in Israel
Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent (UK), Apr 18 2019

Roger Waters has penned an open letter to Madonna, urging her to cancel her performance at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Israel are set to host the contest in 2019 after their entry Netta, with the song “Toy” won it in 2018. The musician is set to perform two songs at this year’s event. Her performance allegedly cost $1m, with businessman Sylvan Adams footing the bill. In a letter published in The Guardian, Waters wrote:

Some of my fellow musicians who have recently performed in Israel say they are doing it to build bridges and further the cause of peace. Bullshit. To perform in Israel is a lucrative gig but to do so serves to normalise the occupation, the apartheid, the ethnic cleansing, the incarceration of children, the slaughter of unarmed protesters, all that bad stuff.

Waters was among a host of British cultural figures who signed an open letter asking the BBC to push Eurovision organisers into moving the competition from Israel. the letter read:

Eurovision may be light entertainment, but it is not exempt from human rights considerations, and we cannot ignore Israel’s systematic violation of Palestinian human rights. Accusations of anti-Semitism are a smokescreen to divert attention and discredit those who shine a light on Israel’s crimes against humanity. I should point out that I support the fight for human rights for all oppressed peoples everywhere. If I support the Rohingyas and deplore the Myanmar persecution of them, it doesn’t make me anti-Buddhist. I would urge all the young contestants, in fact all young people and in fact all people, young and old alike, so that includes Madonna, to read the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It’s been translated into 500 languages, so anyone can apprise themselves of its 30 articles. If we all abided by them, we might yet save our beautiful planet from its imminent destruction.

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