Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Madonna urged to boycott Eurovision with Papa Don’t Preach parody

Madonna urged to boycott Eurovision with Papa Don’t Preach parody

KAN's online coverage of Tuesday evening's first semi-final in Tel Aviv was interrupted by what appeared to be satellite imagery of the seaside city superimposed with graphics of a smoke plume suggesting a rocket strike.

Madonna's much-publicised performance at this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest could be in question after the show's organisers revealed that no contract has yet been signed.

The event is being organised in Tel Aviv on the 71st anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel in Palestine.

The Palestinian political and militant faction Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since taking power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, did not comment about the incident.

"I'm happy to say that within a matter of minutes we managed to overcome the attack", he said in an interview with Israeli army radio. At least 25 Palestinians and four Israelis were killed in this latest spate of violence.

Once those 10 are taken, those 20 acts will perform the Grand Final alongside representatives from the host country, Israel, and "the big five" - Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK.

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.

Israel won the right to host the 2019 Eurovision contest after Israeli singer Netta prevailed in last year's show.

Some pro-Palestinian activists have called for performers and global broadcasters to boycott the show due to Israel being the host nation. The second semi-final is on Thursday. The news comes despite the music legend's scheduled arrival in Tel Aviv on Wednesday morning aboard the private jet of Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams.

The singer released a statement to CNN today where she said that she would not stop performing music "to suit someone's political agenda", but added that she would continue to speak out against human rights violations.

"We are negotiating now, in the final stage of that - but if there is no signed contract this week, she will not be on the stage".

Israel's government has tried to clamp down on opposition by launching a PR campaign using Google Ads which refers to the words "boycott" and "Eurovision", but leads to a glossy website extolling Israel as "Beautiful, Diverse, Sensational" - in a play on the BDS initials for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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