Palestinian territories

Eurovision protests

Neil Smith

Entertainment reporter at the Eurovision Song Contest

Protests
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Some people are not happy about Israel hosting this year's contest.

Earlier this year a group of British artists called for the event to be relocated on human rights grounds.

There have also been campaigns on social media.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has been using social media to oppose holding the contest in Israel because of its treatment of Palestinians

It accuses Israel of trying to whitewash (“artwash”) discrimination, which it likens to apartheid, the system of racial segregation once used in South Africa.

Another London-based group has created their own version of The Village People's YMCA in an attempt to persuade the BBC's Graham Norton to give up his role as commentator.

In Dublin, meanwhile, Irish broadcaster RTE has faced repeated requests not to broadcast the competition, with one group using the sides of buses to put their point across.

There have also been reports of protests in Jerusalem this week by ultra-orthodox Jews who believe holding the contest on a Saturday desecrates the Jewish sabbath.

One Israeli act turned down a chance to compete in the event on the same religious grounds.

The Shalva Band tell BBC Ouch why they turned down the chance to compete at Eurovision