The text of the letter is as follows:
We are writing to call on you to ensure that your members and associate members, especially Israel’s public broadcaster Kan, do not broadcast Eurovision Song Contest events in Israel's illegal settlements, including those in occupied East Jerusalem.
This is the bare minimum the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) can do to conform to long-standing EU policy and not to undermine Palestinian rights including our right to self-determination.
The Eurovision Song Contest is a co-production between the EBU and public service broadcasters in their respective countries. As public service providers funded by taxpayers money, you should not be complicit in Israel’s violations of international law and war crimes.
The UN Security Council has affirmed that Israel's settlements built on occupied Palestinian -- and Syrian -- territory constitute a “flagrant violation” of international law and have “no legal validity”. The European Union has expressed “strong opposition” to these illegal settlements.
As those standing on the front lines reporting on Israel’s occupation, we bear the brunt of Israel’s daily violence against journalists. This violence against journalists and Palestinian civilians escalates whenever Israel hosts major international events. We have no doubt that this will be the case again when the EBU brings Eurovision to Israel. This cultural celebration will be a whitewash of Israel’s violent oppression.
In the first half of 2018 alone, 208 violations were committed by Israel’s military occupation forces against Palestinian journalists in the occupied Palestinian territory. Two journalists have been recently killed by Israeli snipers in Gaza while simply trying to perform their professional duty and despite wearing press shields, helmets and identification badges.
We therefore appeal to our peers and colleagues in Europe, and the EBU, to at the very least respect the international consensus on the illegality of Israel’s settlements and the duty of non-recognition. This means demanding that Kan does not broadcast Eurovision Song Contest events to Israel’s illegal settlements, which deny Palestinians basic human rights, including freedom of movement, and justify Israel’s oppression against Palestinian journalists.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Palestinian Journalists Syndicate PJS.