The Labour Party has called on RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 if Israel hosts the event in Jerusalem.

However, it was already announced in September that the song contest will be held in Tel Aviv next year.

Today's Labour Party conference also called on the Government to institute a cultural boycott of Israel immediately.

It is also seeking the divestment and sanctioning of Israeli goods and services.

The motion tabled by the party’s youth wing stated that conference opposes the illegal occupation on Palestinian territories by Israeli forces and the unwarranted use of force in violation of international law.

The call to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest sparked much debate and it was opposed by former TD Joanna Tuffy.

However, it was ultimately carried by a large majority when delegates voted and it received the backing of prominent party Senator Ivana Bacik.

This year's contest, held in Lisbon in May, was won by Israeli singer Netta Barzilai. The contest usually takes place in the country of the previous year's winner.

The Israeli government had previously indicated that it hoped the 2019 event would be held in Jerusalem, but Eurovision chose Tel Aviv to host the next competition.

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