Spanish filmmaker calls to boycott Israeli-hosted Eurovision

At Spanish award ceremony, winner of best documentary film calls for boycott of 2019 Eurovision, which is set to be hosted by Israel.

Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA,

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A filmmaker who won a Spanish national film award for a documentary about Gaza called during his acceptance speech for a boycott of Israel, which he called an apartheid state.

Director Julio Perez del Campo, whose “Gaza, a Look into the Eyes of Barbarism,” on Thursday won the 2019 Goya award for best documentary film, the equivalent of an Oscar award, said during his speech: “No to Israel and the Eurovision, long live the fight of the Palestinian people.”

Israel will host the Eurovision Song Contest in May after winning last year’s contest.

In the cultural sector, he added, “we should not legitimize countries that violate systematically human rights, we must not be complicit in Israeli apartheid.”

Israel’s embassy in Spain called the speech “a discourse of hate.”