Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Israel blames Hamas for Eurovision hack

Israel blames Hamas for Eurovision hack

Palestinian artists had previously called on European artists to boycott Eurovision 2019, saying that Israel had killed over 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza-Israel border on 14 May 2018, the same day Israeli singer Netta won the previous Eurovision song contest.

"Inspired by conscientious artists who shunned Sun City in apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, Palestinian artists and cultural organizations have called for nonviolent pressure in the form of boycotts on Israel until it complies with its obligations under global law".

Palestinians and their foreign supporters have called, so far fruitlessly, on countries to shun the Tel Aviv songfest as part of wider efforts to isolate Israel internationally.

During demonstrations for the rights of Palestinians between 30 March and 19 November past year, Israeli forces stationed on the Israeli side of the fence separating Gaza and Israel were found to have used excessive and lethal force on protesters, killing 189, 31 of which were children and three medical workers.

"I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be", Madonna said in a statement to Reuters.

Seventeen global acts will take to the stage but only 10 will make it to the 26-strong grand final on Saturday May 18. In a statement, it accused Madonna of "artwashing" and urged her to cancel.


The Israeli military has instructed its forces stationed by the occupied Gaza Strip to act with greater "restraint" for the duration of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, reported Haaretz. "Any official news and updates will come directly from the Eurovision channels in due course", said the organisation's senior communications officer, Dave Goodman. "We have an artist that would love to participate on the stage, but without the contract, it can't happen".

She says she prays for "a new path toward peace".

On the eve of her arrival in Tel Aviv on Adams' private jet, Eurovision's executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand told media they had not officially confirmed her appearance at the event.

The second semi-final will take place on 16 May; the Grand Final is scheduled for 18 May. By comparison, Palestinian protesters threw rocks, used slingshots and "Molotov cocktails", damaging property in nearby Israeli communities.

Pro-Palestinian activists have called for performers and fans to boycott the competition, and have reached out directly to Madonna.

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