Madonna, on Eurovision, says she won't bow 'to suit someone's political agenda'

Joann Johnston
May 16, 2019

In news that will probably shock no-one but is worth reporting anyway, Kate Miller-Heidke has made to the 2019 Eurovision Grand Final. "We have an artist that would love to participate on the stage, but without the contract, it can't happen".

Madonna will continue with arrangements to perform at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, Israel on Saturday, ignoring calls for her to boycott the event from human rights activists around the world.

"But I am happy to say that within a few minutes we managed to assume control over this phenomenon".

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

Between May 4 and May 5, Palestinian terrorist groups fired almost 700 rockets and missiles at Israel, killing four and sending dozens to the hospital.

Once those 10 are taken, those 20 acts will perform the Grand Final alongside representatives from the host country, Israel, and "the big five" - Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK.

Palestinians and their foreign supporters have called on, so far fruitlessly, countries to shun the Tel Aviv songfest as part of wider efforts to isolate Israel internationally.

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Some pro-Palestinian activists have called for performers and worldwide broadcasters to boycott the show due to Israel being the host nation. The second semi-final is on Thursday.

But in a statement to CNN, the singer said, "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".

Though pro-Palestinian activists have attempted to make the Palestinian cause the focus of the competition, small protests, limited marches and pressure by BDS operatives do not seem to have significantly affected the competition.

"The protesters are concerned that whole of Israel needs to be seen as an occupying force and it should be boycotted in its entirety", he added.

The BDS - modelled after the South African anti-apartheid movement - was formed in 2005 by more than 200 Palestinian civil society organisations, urging non-violent pressure on Israel until it complies with global law.

"Israel's been flouting worldwide law, and human rights lie trampled on the floor".

The BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) has targeted artists and broadcasters at Eurovision, urging them not to participate in the event.

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