Organisers reveal Madonna's Eurovision performance is not yet confirmed

Angelo Anderson
May 16, 2019

Last month, Pink Floyd vocalist and BDS overlord Roger Waters appealed to Madonna to rethink her decision to perform at Israel's Eurovision, saying it "normalizes the occupation, the apartheid, the ethnic cleansing, the incarceration of children, the slaughter of unarmed protesters".

Israel's government has tried to clamp down on opposition by launching a PR campaign using Google Ads which refers to the words "boycott" and "Eurovision", but leads to a glossy website extolling Israel as "Beautiful, Diverse, Sensational" - in a play on the BDS initials for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Show runners are now said to be scrambling to find a new main act for the final of the event as Madonna has reportedly not yet signed a contract.

Hackers have succeeded in flashing a fake rocket attack warning during a webcast of a Eurovision song contest semi-final in an incident Israel's public broadcaster blamed on Islamist group Hamas.

"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".

Jon continued: "We are in a situation now that is a bit unusual".

'If we do not have a signed contract she can not perform on our stage'.

Madonna's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest broadcast was originally announced by her publicists in April.

The parody comes as the Eurovision Song Contest kicks off this week in Tel Aviv with two semi-finals set to air this evening (May 14) and a second one on Thursday (May 16).

"We know that at a certain stage there was an attempt, apparently by Hamas, to commandeer our digital broadcast", chief executive, Eldad Koblenz, told Israel's Army Radio.

Israel won the annual contest past year with 529 points after Netta wowed the participating countries with the song Toy.

"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", Madonna said in a statement to Reuters.

Many boycott calls have targeted Madonna, who arrived in Israel on Tuesday, in the run-up to the American pop star's guest performance at the Eurovision final. "I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this bad cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace", she added. It appeared as an IDF message telling anyone within 1.2 kilometers (0.7 miles) of the contest venue in northern Tel Aviv to seek immediate shelter due to the threat of rocket attack.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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