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Iceland May Face 'Consequences' Following Israel Protest At Eurovision Song Contest

Iceland May Face 'Consequences' Following Israel Protest At Eurovision Song Contest

The European Broadcasting Union has hinted that there might be punishment after Iceland's act held flags and banners up reading 'Palestine'

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

Iceland came 10th in last night's Eurovision Song Contest, but the country's performers used their appearance as an opportunity to protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Now the European Broadcasting Union has hinted that they may face 'consequences' for the political act.

When the point totals were announced for Iceland's act - a band called Hatari - the performers held banners up which read 'Palestine'.

Hatari of Iceland perform the song 'Hatrio mun sigra' during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Cameras quickly jumped from the Icelandic band to the hosts of the contest with BBC commentator Graham Norton quickly joking that it 'didn't go down well in the hall', as the Israeli home crowd saw the flags, resulting in a chorus of boos.

In a statement, the European Broadcasting Union said: "In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, Hatari, the Icelandic act, briefly displayed small Palestinian banners whilst sat in the Green Room.

"The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and this directly contradicts the contest's rules.

"The banners were quickly removed and the consequences of this action will be discussed by the Reference Group (the contest's executive board) after the contest."

The banners were held up before the cameras jumped to the hosts.

The Metro reported that protests have been held in Tel Aviv against the backdrop of the Eurovision Song Contest, calling for a boycott of the contest to support Palestinians.

This is all down to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the recent flare-up of violence between the Israeli Army and militants in Gaza.

Madonna also made a call for Israel-Palestine unity.

Iceland weren't the only ones protesting, as Madonna's much-anticipated performance was also tinged with political messages.

She began by singing 'Like a Prayer' before speaking to figures wearing gas masks, asking them: "They are so naive - they think we are not aware of their crimes. We know, but we're just not ready to act.

"The storm isn't in the air, it's inside of us. I want to tell you about love and loneliness. But it's getting late now. Can't you hear outside of your Supreme hoodie, the wind that's beginning to howl?"

Madonna then went into her new song 'Future' with guest star Quavo, as a pair of her dancers - one wearing a costume with a Palestinian flag on the back and another with an Israeli flag - embraced as they walked up a set of stairs.

The Tel Aviv act ended with Madge whispering the words 'wake up' - which were also printed on a big screen behind her.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

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