Madonna vows to sing at Eurovision, despite calls for boycott

  • Madonna vows to sing at Eurovision, despite calls for boycott

Madonna vows to sing at Eurovision, despite calls for boycott

One of the acts competing on Tuesday, Iceland's Hatari, which sings a message of anti-capitalism while dressed in spikes, leather and chains, has said it is planning to show the "face of the occupation" in its performance, despite the pop music contest's ban on politics.

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.

"At a certain point, there was a takeover - apparently by Hamas - of our digital broadcast", KAN chief Eldad Koblenz said Wednesday.

The "Like A Prayer" pop superstar, who is due to perform at Eurovision, responded to protests from pro-Palestinian groups who want companies and performers to boycott Israel in a statement on Tuesday (May 14).

A missile fired from Israel's Iron Dome air defence system, created to intercept short-range rockets.

"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. Four Israelis and 25 Palestinians were killed during the escalation.

Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - the big five countries that make the biggest financial contributions to the European Broadcasting Union, which broadcasts the song contest - along with Israel, as host country, have all bypassed the semis per the rules. Eurovision tradition holds that the winning nation hosts the following year's event.

Semi-final rounds are slated for Tuesday and Thursday, followed by the finals on Saturday evening.

The Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel has urged artists to skip Eurovision in Tel Aviv.

Rebuffing the pressure, Madonna said she would "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda".

The Israeli Defense Forces have reportedly deployed a large number of the country's Iron Dome missile Defence batteries anticipating further violence ahead of the anniversary of the USA embassy moving to Jerusalem as well as the Palestinians' Nakba Day, which was marred by violence in 2018.

"The protesters are concerned that whole of Israel needs to be seen as an occupying force and it should be boycotted in its entirety", he added.

According to official data obtained by the AP news agency, Israel's government went on a spending spree in its occupied West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump.

The government statistics, released by Israel's finance ministry, showed Israeli spending in the West Bank in 2017, Trump's first year in office, rose to about $459m, from about $330m in 2016.

The BDS - modelled after the South African anti-apartheid movement - was formed in 2005 by more than 200 Palestinian civil society organisations, urging non-violent pressure on Israel until it complies with worldwide law.

Madonna's statement echoes Cave's sentiment, as she defends her right to perform to Israeli fans while saying her "heart breaks" over the violence.