(CelebrityArtists) Globalvision will host an alternative online broadcast in direct competition to the Eurovision final in Tel Aviv on Saturday 18th May, for fans to enjoy a night of international entertainment while supporting the core principles of the right of all refugees to return, and human rights and dignity for all, according to a statement.
Featured artists already onboard include Brian Eno, Palestinian soprano Dima Bawab, queer Palestinian pop artist Bashar Murad, Israeli dream pop artist Ohal Grietzer.
“Globalvision is the night for Eurovision fans who are saying No to military occupation and No to the siege on Gaza,” reads a statement. “Targeting the 2.2 Million viewers streaming the Grand Final online, Globalvision will be a night of inclusion and diversity, celebrating Palestinian music and culture from pop to hiphop via short films and stand up. As well as music and messages from well-known international and Israeli artists, the broadcast will go live to gigs in Dublin, Haifa, London and Bethlehem.”
With Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters calling out Madonna for performing at Eurovision, on top of Vivienne Westwood, Wolf Alice, and Caryl Churchill urging the BBC to boycott the finale in Tel Aviv, Globalvision is “a timely platform for artists to stand together with their Palestinian counterparts,” according to the statement.
In a recent letter to The Guardian Waters wrote:
‘I’m calling on everyone involved in what I see as Eurovision’s betrayal of our joint humanity to focus on their capacity to empathise with their Palestinian brothers and sisters.’ He continues ‘And they, who have held their heads high and resisted with great courage, fortitude and grace, have asked us, “the bleeding hearts and the artists” for our help. We, all of us have, in my view, an absolute moral and human obligation as fellow human beings to answer their call.’