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Madonna urged to boycott Eurovision contest in Israel

15 May 2019

This year's Eurovision Song Contest has been subject to boycott campaigns and controversy, especially after a recent escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine.

"Inspired by conscientious artists who shunned Sun City in apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, Palestinian artists and cultural organizations have called for nonviolent pressure in the form of boycotts on Israel until it complies with its obligations under worldwide law".

The award-winning British alternative rock band Wolf Alice have joined a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place on 18 May in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

During demonstrations for the rights of Palestinians between 30 March and 19 November previous year, Israeli forces stationed on the Israeli side of the fence separating Gaza and Israel were found to have used excessive and lethal force on protesters, killing 189, 31 of which were children and three medical workers.

It is unclear whether or not Madonna is actually scheduled to perform at Eurovision.

United States pop superstar Madonna said that she will "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda".

"We are negotiating but if it's not signed, it won't happen", he said.

Madonna's producers said in April the star would sing the Grand Finale of the music contest in Tel Aviv, which was designated the host city after Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won in Portugal previous year.

"We have an artist who would like to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, and who we would love to welcome on that stage. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this bad cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace", she also said.

Australia's operatic pop star Kate Miller-Heidke and Iceland's fetish-punk group Hatari will also sing 12th and 13th respectively.

She is preparing to release Madame X, her 14th album, and earlier this month announced a world tour including a string of shows at the London Palladium. "The EBU and KAN view cybersecurity with the utmost importance and the matter is being investigated", the broadcaster's statement read, as cited by the Jerusalem Post.

The start of the contest was marked with a protest by pro-Palestinian activists, calling to put an end to Israel's control of the West Bank and Gaza policies, who marched near the show's venue in Tel Aviv.

Madonna urged to boycott Eurovision contest in Israel