Organizations supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel have launched a campaign calling for a boycott of the European tour of Israeli Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta Barzilai, which begins on Monday.
Barzilai, whose song “Toy” won Israel the right to host next year’s European singing competition, will be performing in Austria, France, Germany Switzerland and Britain.
Boycott groups in Europe dubbed Barzilai “the Apartheid State ambassador” and called to give her a “warm BDS welcome.”
While the BDS groups normally only target Israeli state institutions, they explained that Barzilai takes part in Israeli PR efforts, which makes her a legitimate target for boycott.
“Cultural ambassadors are not common people, they are the official representatives of the occupation and the Apartheid regime,” the boycott groups said.
Among the groups calling for Barzilai’s boycott are BDS organizations in Switzerland, Germany and Britain.
Boycott efforts against Israel artists have increased in recent years, with performers such as Idan Raichel, Asaf Avidan and the Batsheva Dance Company encountering protests and demonstrations against their shows abroad—including in social media campaigns and in demonstrations on the night of the show.
Netta’s tour dates are below. Click here for tickets and more information.
- November 12 Vienna, Austria at Grelle Forelle
- November 13 Zurich, Switzerland at Plaza
- November 15 Berlin, Germany at Lido
- November 17 Paris, France at Salle Wagram
- November 18 Cologne, Germany at Club Bahnhof-Ehrenfeld
- November 21 London, United Kingdom at Heaven