Israel: Eurovision Song Contest

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on a potential boycott of the Eurovision song contest in that country; and what advice his Department provides to UK citizens planning to attend that event.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We are aware of the campaign to boycott the Eurovision song contest in Israel but have not raised this issue with the Israeli Government. While we do not hesitate to express disagreement with Israel whenever we feel it necessary, we are strongly opposed to boycotts which divide people and reduce understanding. We encourage all British nationals to make use of our travel advice, alongside other sources of information available to them, to help them plan for a safe trip.

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