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  • Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands reacts after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel May 19, 2019.

    Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands reacts after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel May 19, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 May 2019

Eurovision has faced immense criticism this year over its host country Israel, who many human rights groups have accused of committing crimes against the Palestinian people. 

Pink Floyd's bassist Roger Waters took to Twitter on Saturday to criticise the Eurovision competition and its host country Israel, who he has been an outspoken critic about for years. 

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Waters referred to the Eurovision competition as “bulls**t” in what he described as 'apartheid' Tel Aviv, of which he said he disapproved.

The musician then applauded the new initiative, Globalvision, which is the Palestinian version of Eurovision. “My heart swells with pride for each and every one of you," adding that "It’s fantastic what you’re doing."

Waters further expressed his love and admiration for “brothers and sisters all over the world who are standing shoulder to shoulder in support of human rights in general, and, specifically, at the time of the 71st anniversary of Nakba, brothers and sisters in Palestine”.

For years, Waters has been advocate of Palestinian rights, often criticizing Israel's treatment of them. Waters has also refused to play in Israel and has called on his fellow musicians to boycott playing there. 

“To perform in Israel,” Waters told The Guardian recently, “is a lucrative gig but to do so serves to normalise the occupation, the apartheid, the ethnic cleansing, the incarceration of children, the slaughter of unarmed protesters … all that bad stuff.”

Waters recently called on pop superstar Madonna to cancel her plans to perform at Eurovision. However, Madonna later said in a statement that she will not succumb to pressure, adding that she will perform at the competition. ​​​​​​​

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