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Madonna's Eurovision Song Contest 2019 performance in doubt

Netta making a grand entrée at the Orange Carpet Netta making a grand entrée at the Orange Carpet
Adrian Cunningham | 16 May, 2019, 16:50

After the 41-country competition kicked off on Tuesday with a first semi-final, Kan's webcast cut to animated satellite footage showing explosions in Tel Aviv set to a menacing soundtrack.

Tonight is the Eurovision Second Semi-Final where Michela Pace will be representing Malta with her song "Chameleon" and hopefully will make it to the grand finale on Saturday. Australian contestant Kate Miller-Heidke is through to the finals.

Hamas, a Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip, had no immediate comment.

Pop diva Madonna landed in Israel late Tuesday evening ahead of her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on May 18.

"At a certain point, there was a takeover - apparently by Hamas - of our digital broadcast", KAN chief Eldad Koblenz said Wednesday.

Earlier this month it engaged in three days of fighting with Israel that included hundreds of rocket attacks from Gaza and Israeli air strikes in the enclave.

"I'm happy to say that within a matter of minutes we managed to overcome the attack", he said in an interview with Israeli army radio.

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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.

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

Israel's hosting of the 2019 version of the European music competition has drawn pro-Palestinian boycott calls to protest against Israeli policies.

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.

Speaking about the parody, Abusalama said: "On the day we filmed this video, Palestinians in Gaza including my family were being bombed indiscriminately yet again by Israel's apartheid regime".

"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", the singer said in the statement carried by United States media. Just like South Africa, time to boycott apartheid.

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.