UK Eurovision contestant responds to calls for boycott

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Olly Alexander has refused calls to draw out the Eurovision Song Contest to protest against Israel's inclusion.
Olly Alexander has refused calls to draw out the Eurovision Song Contest to protest against Israel's inclusion.

Olly Alexander has refused calls to draw out the Eurovision Song Contest to protest against Israel’s inclusion.

The UK’s representative for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander, has responded to calls for a boycott of the event in light of the Gaza war. 

Over 450 queer artists, individuals, and groups had urged him to boycott the competition. Despite the pressure, Alexander expressed his wish for peace and emphasized his belief in the unifying power of music.

Staying in the Competition

In a post on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Alexander explained his decision to remain in the contest. 

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He stated that he had carefully considered his options and believes that withdrawing from the competition would not contribute to the shared goal of peace. He emphasized that participating in Eurovision provides a platform to advocate for peace and unity.

Using the Platform for Peace

Alexander revealed that he had discussions with other Eurovision contestants who share his sentiment. 

Together, they agreed that by participating in the contest, they could use their collective platform to call for peace. He expressed his full support for actions demanding a ceasefire in Gaza and the safe return of hostages.

Not Speaking on Behalf of BBC

It’s important to note that Alexander’s statement does not represent the views of the BBC, the broadcaster behind the UK’s Eurovision entry. Despite this, Alexander’s social media post did not violate any of the BBC’s guidelines.

Ongoing Conflict in Gaza

The conflict in Gaza escalated after an attack on October 7, with Hamas-led gunmen crossing the border into Israel. This led to casualties on both sides, with hundreds of people killed or taken hostage. 

The International Court of Justice has been asked to investigate allegations of genocide by Israel against Palestinians in Gaza. Israel denies these allegations and emphasizes its efforts to avoid civilian casualties.

Hope for Resolution

Alexander concluded his statement by expressing hope for an end to the atrocities in Gaza. He called for action to address the ongoing conflict and emphasized the importance of peace and reconciliation.

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