Israel and the Eurovision

Sir, – We are veterans of the Irish movement against South African apartheid. We wish to congratulate Sarah McTernan on her selection as Ireland’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. However, we also want to ask to her reconsider her decision to take part in the competition.

Israel is an extremely repressive state that oppresses and discriminates against the millions of Palestinians who live under its control, and which forces millions more Palestinian refugees to live in involuntary exile. It is a state that we believe practices apartheid against the Palestinian people.

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