Stephen Fry among celebrities condemning Eurovision boycott
Stephen Fry is among the signatories of a letter condemning a planned boycott of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest over the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The letter—which has been released by non-profit Creative Community For Peace—says that music “transcends boundaries and brings people together under a common bond.” “We believe that unifying events, such as singing competitions, are crucial to help bridge our cultural divides and bring people of all backgrounds together through their shared love of music,” the open letter reads. Eurovision: ‘The spirit of togetherness is under attack’ “The annual Eurovision Song Contest embodies this unifying power. Every year, millions of people across Europe, and around the world, join together in a massive display of cultural exchange and celebration of music. “Unfortunately, this year, the spirit of togetherness is under attack by those calling to boycott Eurovision 2019 because it is being held in Israel, subverting the spirit of the contest and turning it from a tool of unity into a weapon of division. “We believe the cultural boycott movement is an affront to both Palestinians and Israelis who are working to advance peace through compromise, exchange, and mutual recognition.” – Creative Community For Peace open letter
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