Eurovision rejects “Israel’s” song for being too political


Published: 2024-02-21 17:28

Last Updated: 2024-04-16 14:49

Eurovision rejects “Israel’s” song for being too political
Eurovision rejects “Israel’s” song for being too political

Eurovision organizers are pushing back against the song “Israel” presented to the contest, rejecting the lyrics for being excessively political - as reported by “The Times of Israel”.

The song is planned to be performed by “Edan Golan” and is titled “October Rain” in a reference to the events of Oct. 7, 2023 and “Operation Aqsa Typhoon” carried out by Al-Qassam Brigades in response to the Israeli Occupation violations of Palestinian lands and sanctities.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which owns and operates the Eurovision Song Contest, bars contestants from making any political statements in their songs or performances.

The Spokesperson for “Israel’s” Public Broadcaster, KAN, stated that they are currently engaged in talks with the EBU regarding this issue.

Multiple calls to bar “Israel” from the contest have been made, citing the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip caused by the aggression.

Also Read: 'Israel' faces Eurovision backlash over Gaza war, calls for boycott

In Sweden, over 1,000 musicians, including Robyn, penned an open letter to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), accusing it of hypocrisy regarding the Gaza "humanitarian catastrophe."

Finnish artists are urging their public broadcaster to pressure the EBU, arguing against giving a stage to a country involved in war crimes and military occupation.

Also Read: Iceland’s musicians urge to withdraw from Eurovision “if Israel competes”

The 2024 Eurovision is set to be held in Malmö, Sweden, after the country’s victory in the 2023 contest. It will take place from May. 7, to May. 11, 2024.

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