Eurovision 2019: Wolf Alice call for Israel boycott over 'serial human rights abuses'

May 15,2019

'It’s been the worst period of violence since the bombings in Gaza in 2014, so [for us] it was just a big kick up the arse to say, look, we do support this,' Oddie said.

Wolf Alice have joined a growing number of artists to back a boycott of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest which has just kicked off in the occupation state of Israel.

The Mercury Prize-winning band spoke to Sky News, where they accused Israel of “weaponising culture” and of being “serial human rights abusers”.

Wolf Alice guitarist Joff Oddie stated that Israeli occupation state was using Eurovision and wider culture to “whitewash over their human rights abuses,” and said the boycott was a response to “a call from Palestinian civil society.”

“We asked Palestine – ‘do you want us to come?’ ‘No – do not come’ and that’s what you do, you respect the people who are being oppressed,” he said.

The band previously spoke about their support of an Israel boycott in an interview with The Independent last year.

“We agreed years ago that we wouldn’t go there, but this was about agreeing that we would make it public,” Oddie said at the time.

He continued: “It’s been the worst period of violence since the bombings in Gaza in 2014, so [for us] it was just a big kick up the arse to say, look, we do support this.”

Sky News