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Madonna rejects calls for Tel Aviv Eurovision boycott

A Jerusalem Municipality ad for the Eurovision festival at the First Station Madonna urged to boycott Eurovision contest in Israel
Lora Ball | 15 May, 2019, 16:25

Madonna intends to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, Israel, this weekend, despite calls by activists for her to boycott the event, the singer said Tuesday.

Madonna reportedly is scheduled to perform at the Eurovision finals on Saturday night in Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, the State of Israel has launched its own PR offensive against the global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

"Everyone is excited in my team".

Oddie said that the band's boycott of Eurovision was in response to "a call from Palestinian civil society".

Finish DJ Darude said artists behind the scenes of the festival were "slapping high-fives and having a good time".

But politics and controversy, as well as security concerns, have threatened to overshadow the competition, especially after a flare up of violence between militants in Gaza and the Israeli Army last week. But a ceasefire that went into effect a week ago has been holding.

A man works on a Eurovision Song Contest banner on a building in Tel Aviv, Monday, May 13, 2019.

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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". "We have an artist that would love to participate on the stage, but without the contract, it can't happen".

Many boycott calls have targeted Madonna, who arrived in Israel on Tuesday, in the run-up to the American pop star's guest performance at the Eurovision final.

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

Kan played down the hack, noting that the evening ended without further incident as Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, San Marino and Slovenia made it through to Saturday's finals.

The association pointed to the killing of over 60 Palestinians during the violent border riots a year ago on the same day Israel won the Eurovision song contest.

Madonna's appearance is scheduled for Saturday, despite calls from pro-Palestinian activists to disassociate with the event, which was watched previous year in 50 European countries and by 189 million people worldwide.

Miller-Heidke will have to do it again on Saturday May 18 to win the controversial competition, which critics say has been used to whitewash the worldwide reputation of Israel and its treatment of neighbouring Palestine.

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