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Bambie Thug performing earlier this year. Andres Poveda
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Bambie Thug among Eurovision contestants calling for 'immediate ceasefire' in Gaza conflict

“In light of the current situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and particularly in Gaza, and in Israel, we do not feel comfortable being silent.”

IRELAND’S BAMBIE THUG is among several Eurovision contestants calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza in a new statement.

They previously called for Israel to be excluded from the competition.

“We want to begin by acknowledging the privilege of taking part in Eurovision,” the statement reads.

“In light of the current situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and particularly in Gaza, and in Israel, we do not feel comfortable being silent.

It is important to us to stand in solidarity with the oppressed and communicate our heartfelt wish for peace, an immediate and lasting ceasefire, and the safe return of all hostages. We stand united against all forms of hate, including antisemitism and islamophobia.

“We firmly believe in the unifying power of music, enabling people to transcend differences and foster meaningful conversations and connections.

“We feel that it is our duty to create and uphold this space, with a strong hope that it will inspire greater compassion and empathy.”

The letter is also signed by the contestants for Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Lithuania, and Finland.

Israel’s participation in this year’s contest has proven controversial in light of the country’s continued attacks on Gaza following the 7 October attacks, leading to calls of a boycott.

The country’s own entry faced scrutiny from the competition’s organisers, resulting in the lyrics being rewritten.

Bambie Thug was chosen to represent Ireland in January with Doomsday Blue.

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