Israel could ban Icelandic Eurovision entry


An Israeli ministry has set up an inter-ministerial task force to deal with Eurovision acts that may go contrary the local laws. The Strategic Affairs Ministry’s move came after an Israeli non-profit organization called Shurat HaDin, which claims to be fighting terrorism as well as academic and economic boycotts, accused Iceland’s Eurovision entry Hatari of boycotting the country. To be more specific, of signing a petition against the country. And if the petition is signed by a person who is not a native Israeli or has no legal permission to stay there (working, studying etc.) then this person won’t be granted a visa and as a consequence won’t be able to cross the Israeli border. Last spring, more than 25,000 Icelanders signed a petition asking the public broadcaster RUV to boycott Eurovision 2019, which is set to be hosted in Israel after Israeli singer Netta won the 2018 competition with her song “Toy.” It’s unclear whether Hatari, a self-described “anti-capitalist techno BDSM band,” actually signed the petition, but they have been vocal critics of Israel being picked as Eurovision hosting country.


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