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Celebrities Denounce Boycott of Eurovision in Israel

An impressive list of celebrities and entertainment industry leaders have come out to denounce a boycott of this year’s Eurovision in Israel.


With the much anticipated Eurovision Song Contest just around the corner, more than 100 artists and leading names in the entertainment industry unite in the spirit of peace and togetherness to show their support for the show in Israel.

London, UK (30, 2019) – The entertainment industry non-profit organisation, Creative Community For Peace (CCFP), has released a statement in support of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, which is being held in Tel Aviv, Israel this May.

With over 100 signatories, the statement includes stars such as Sharon Osbourne, Rachel Riley, and Stephen Fry, as well as Gene Simmons and Tracy Ann Oberman, amongst the biggest names across the global entertainment and music industry.

The full statement and list of signatories can be found below. Additionally, over 15,000 people from around the world have signed a similar statement on, asserting that a cultural boycott of Eurovision does not work to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians. [LINK]

This news comes as the BBC recently released its own statement in support of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel this year, noting that the international song contest, as always, embodies the “values of friendship, inclusion, tolerance, and diversity.”

Ari Ingel, Director of CCFP, said: “This year, approximately 200 million people will watch, visit and take part in the Eurovision song contest, celebrating music and the diversity of our different cultures. The members of the entertainment industry who have signed this statement, along with the thousands of individuals who have endorsed its message, all believe in building bridges through music and the arts as a means to achieving greater understanding and peace in the region.”


We, the undersigned, believe that music is our shared language, one that transcends boundaries and brings people together under a common bond.

We believe that unifying events, such as singing competitions, are crucial to help bridge our cultural divides and bring people of all backgrounds together through their shared love of music.

The annual Eurovision Song Contest embodies this unifying power. Every year, millions of people across Europe, and around the world, join together in a massive display of cultural exchange and celebration of music.

Unfortunately, this year, the spirit of togetherness is under attack by those calling to boycott Eurovision 2019 because it is being held in Israel, subverting the spirit of the contest and turning it from a tool of unity into a weapon of division.

We believe the cultural boycott movement is an affront to both Palestinians and Israelis who are working to advance peace through compromise, exchange, and mutual recognition.

While we all may have differing opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the best path to peace, we all agree that a cultural boycott is not the answer.

We call on all our friends and colleagues around the world to express their support for an exciting and successful Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv.


Marina Abramović: Performance Artist

Orly Adelson: President ,Orly Adelson Productions

Jason Adelman: Vice President, Strategy & Brand Development at Brand Innovators

Marty Adelstein: CEO, Tomorrow Studios

Michael Adler: Partner, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman

Alberto (Miss Caffeina): Artist

Mitch Allen: Music Producer

Keren Ann – Artist

Alfredo Arense:  Journalist, Radio 3

Baccara (Cristina y María): Artist

Gary Barber: Former chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and co-founder of Spyglass Entertainment

Craig Balsam: Co-founder, Razor & Tie Entertainment

Richard Baskind: Partner & Head of  Music Simons, Muirhead & Burton

Carlos Baute: Artist

Aton Ben-Horin: Global VP, A&R at Warner Music Group

Daniel Benmayor: Filmmaker

Steven Bensusan: President ,Blue Note Entertainment Group

Maya Binkin: The Art Pilgrim

Neil Blair: The Blair Partnership

Evan Bogart: Hit Songwriter, President Boardwalk Ent.

Joshua P. Binder: Partner, Rotherberg, Mohr, and Binder LLP.

Harvey Brown: Professor

Scooter Braun: Founder, SB Projects

David Byrnes: Partner, Ziffren Brittenham ,LLP

Simon Callow: Actor

Ellie Cannon: Doctor and Media Personality

Caroline Civia: President of Clic Entertainment

Isabel Coixet: Filmmaker

Conchita (María Concepción Mendívil): Artist

Deborah Conway: Artist

Jim Cooperman: Senior VP Legal & Business Affairs, The Madison Square Garden Company

Rob Cowan: Point Blank

Rory Cowan: Actor

Josh Deutsch: Chairman/CEO ,Downtown Records

David Draiman: Musician and front man of Disturbed

Craig Emanuel: Partner, Entertainment & Media, Paul Hastings

Ron Fair: Record  Producer & CEO, Faircraft Inc.

Erica Forster: VP of Music Partnerships, DanceOn

Gary Foster: Principal, Krasnoff Foster Productions

Daryl Friedman: Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations Officer, The

Recording Academy/ GRAMMYs

Stephen Fry: Actor, Comedian

Saul Galpern: President, Nude Music Group

Andrew Genger: Red Light Management

Gary Gersh: President, Global Talent, A.E.G. Presents

Gary Ginsberg: Executive VP of Corporate Marketing & Communications, Time Warner Inc.

Daniel Glass: President & Founder, Glassnote Entertainment Group

David Glick: Founder & CEO, Edge Group

Andrew Gould: President of A&R, Downtown Music Publishing

Trudy Green: Trudy Green Management/HK Management

Matt Greenberg: Ritholz Levy Fields LLP

Steve Greenberg: President, S-Curve Records

Sarah Halioua, Producer, Visionnaire Films

Ronnie Harris: Harris & Trotter LLP

Scott Hoffman: Artist (Scissor Sisters), Songwriter and Producer

Neil Jacobson: President, Geffen Records

Zach Katz: Former President of A&R BMG, CEO Raised In Space

Larry Katz: Esq., Lawrence H. Katz, P.C

Allison Kaye: President of SB Projects

Adam Kenwright: Executive Vice President at Ambassador Theatre Group

Ilan Kidron: Artist (Potbelleez)

Amanda Kogan: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME)

Rick Krim: Former Co-President, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Rosa Lagarrigue: CEO, RLM

Mollie Lehman: A&R at Atlantic Records

Colin Lester: CEO, JEM Artists

David Levy: Partner & Co-Head, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Lior: Artist

David Lonner: CEO, Oasis Media Group

Javier López: Artist

Iona de Macedo: Entertainment industry

Ben Maddahi: President of Unrestricted

Imran Majid: EVP/Co-Head of A&R, Columbia Records

Orly Marley

David Mazouz: Actor

Betty Missiego: Artist

Al Murray: Comedian

Mónica Naranjo, Artist

Caroline Norbury: CEO – Creative England

Tracy Ann Oberman: Actress

Antonio Martos Ortiz: Artist

Sharon Osbourne: Manager, Businesswoman, Television Star

Scott Packman, Esq.

Jose Ramón Pardo: Journalist, RNE

Donald S. Passman: Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer, & Brown, Inc.

Lucía Pérez: Producer, Maestranza Films

Antonio Pérez: Maestranza Films

Stephen Pollard: Author and Journalist

Dean Raise: C3 Presents

David Renzer: Former Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group

Rachel Riley: Actress, TV Presenter

Lindy Robbins: Multi-platinum Songwriter

Jaimison M. Roberts: Attorney at Law

Dan Rosen: CEO, Australian Recording Industry Association

Hanna Rochelle: Founder & President, Lyric Culture

Rick Rosen: Co-Founder & Head of Television, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Haim Saban: Businessman, Philanthropist and Producer

Marta Sánchez: Artist

Rafa Sánchez: Artist

Paul Schindler: Senior Chair of the New York Entertainment & Media Practice, Greenberg Traurig LLC

Steve Schnur: Worldwide Executive & Music President, Electronic Arts

Sam Schwartz: Partner, Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency

Jonathan Shalit OBE: Chairman – InterTalent Rights Group

Ben Silverman: Chairman & Co-CEO, Propagate Content

Gene Simmons: Band member of KISS

Ralph Simon: Chairman & CEO, Mobilium Global Limited

David Simone: President – DSW Entertainment

Soraya: Artist

Jeff Sosnow: SVP of A&R at Warner Music Group

Jose Ortega Soto (Manzanita): Artist

Gary Stiffelman: Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Aaron Symonds: Film Composer

Traci Szymanski: President of Co-Star Entertainment/Israelife Media Group

Sharon Tal Yguado: Head of Event Series at Amazon

Adam Taylor: President, APM Music

Joyce Trabulus: Manager

Mario Vaquerizo: Artist and TV & Radio Collaborator

José Sainz de Vicuña: President, Impala films

Peter Wade: Producer and President of WonderSound

** Note – The signers of this statement do so as individuals on their own behalf and not on behalf of their companies or organizations. All organizations and companies listed are for affiliation purposes only.

To put it bluntly: this list of celebrities and entertainment industry leaders is way more impressive than those calling to boycott Eurovision. Unless washed-up has-beens and wannabes is your thing.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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