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Madonna vows to sing at Eurovision, despite calls for boycott

13 2019 shows an anti-occupation billboard by Israeli NGO Breaking The Silence erected on a street in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv Madonna vows to sing at Eurovision, despite calls for boycott
Lora Ball | 16 May, 2019, 16:50

Madonna will make a guest appearance on Saturday during the Eurovision finals in Tel Aviv.

As per Pitchfork, Eurovision's executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand said at a press conference just yesterday that Madonna's two-song performance isn't confirmed, as she hasn't signed a contract yet.

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

Hamas, a Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip, had no immediate comment.

It should be noted that Miller-Heidke's performance in this year's Eurovision has stirred up lots of controversy, following the ongoing call from people for artists to boycott Israel in protest of their occupation of Palestine.

"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.

Five core European countries and host nation Israel bypass the semifinal rounds, so a total of 26 acts will compete to be crowned Europe's best pop act in the 64th year of the annual extravaganza.

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Palestinian activists have responded, calling Eurovision an "artwashing [of] Israel's brutal oppression of Palestinians".

Israel is hosting the Eurovision contest after local singer Netta Barzilai won past year. The second semi-final is on Thursday.

"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", the singer said in a statement. 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.

'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 Strategic Affairs Ministry on Sunday launched a public relations campaign aiming to counter BDS efforts by buying up Google ads ostensibly supporting a boycott but that actually link to a pro-Israel website.

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 global law.

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