Madonna rejects calls for Tel Aviv Eurovision boycott

13 2019 shows an anti-occupation billboard by Israeli NGO Breaking The Silence erected on a street in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv

Australian contestant Kate Miller-Heidke is through to the finals.

"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.

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

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.

Madonna intends to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, Israel, this weekend, despite calls by activists for her to boycott the event, the singer said Tuesday.

Four Israeli civilians and 25 Palestinians, including at least nine militants, were killed in the exchanges.

The ten finalists will participate in the Grand Final this Saturday alongside the ten countries who will qualify in the second Semi-Final tonight, and the six pre-qualified countries- the "Big Five" (France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom) and host country Israel.

Last year's victor was Israeli entrant Netta Barzilai with the song "Toy", which went on to top the Billboard dance club chart in the USA in August, a first for an Israeli singer.

The Like A Prayer 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".

'Rick and Morty' Season 4 to premiere in November 2019
Previous seasons of Rick and Morty have premiered in the summer, but protracted negotiations over the show's renewal postponed production.

'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'.

Kathy McCabe is in Tel Aviv as a guest of SBS.

"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.

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

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.

Calls for her to boycott were led by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) who released an open letter asking her to "not undermine" the Palestinian struggle for "freedom, justice and equality".

Demonstrators have vowed to continue their protests throughout the week's event.

"The pro-Israel lobby is exerting a lot of effort to make Eurovision 2019 a success", said Abu Ghosh.

Related News:



Most liked

Conrad Black: Trump signs full pardon for former media baron
The British peer once ran a media empire that included the UK's Daily Telegraph , the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post . He wrote a column Thursday in Canada's National Post describing how Trump called him and revealed the pardon.

Realme X, Realme X Lite announced: Price, specifications and more
Realme X is also the first Realme smartphone to come with an optical in-display fingerprint sensor embedded in the display. Coming to Realme X India launch, Realme CEO Madhav Seth is already arranged a special media meeting in Beijing, China.

US, Russia 'share same objective' on N.Korea: Pompeo
Trump has voiced a desire since his presidential campaign to cooperate with Russian Federation on global challenges. But, like Pompeo, Khamenei stopped short of saying Iran is now seeking a resolution to the tensions.

NYC mayor says he'll decide this week on presidential run
Buildings are responsible for almost 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the city, the mayor's office said in a statement. NY has positioned itself as a bulwark against Trump administration attempts to dismantle action to address climate change.

Manchester City under siege
And Liverpool FC defender Robertson, 25, feels that Manchester City will be anxious about the Reds' recent improvements. Speaking in an interview quoted by BBC Sport , Robertson said: "We are a tight-knit group, a young group".

Is Trump wrong on China tariffs?
The president also ordered tariffs to be raised on all remaining USA imports from China, which are valued at around $300 billion. China on Wednesday reported surprisingly weaker growth in its retail sales and industrial output in April.

Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan, HC Adam Gase named interim GM
New York, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, could also follow the Raiders' lead and hire Daniel Jeremiah away from NFL Media. If you're a NY sports fan who puts your support behind the Knicks and Jets, well, you've had better days.

7.5 magnitude quake rattles residents on Papua New Guinea island
On May 7, Papua New Guinea was hit by a 7.2-magnitude natural disaster which was so powerful it was felt in Australia. The reported epicentre lies within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of regular seismic activity.

Student: Colorado School Shooting Suspect ‘Always Joked’ About Mass Shootings
Cecilia Bedard, 19, had known Castillo since elementary school and said he was always friendly, modest and excited to help people. An aspiring Marine, Bialy said the incident will give him the confidence to act when called upon when he begins service.

‘Dauntless’ Full Launch Coming May 21 to Epic Games Store, Consoles
Phoenix Labs made the console and Epic Games Store launch announcement on May 13, 2019 via the Dauntless Website and Twitter . Everything from questing and crafting to meeting other Slayers and pursuing Behemoths has received massive updates.

Microsoft releases emergency patches for serious RDS flaw
Those running Microsoft XP or Server 2003 at an enterprise level can obtain a security patch here . You'd be forgiven for thinking that that would be the very last time Microsoft patched XP, but no.

Like a Raisin: Study Finds Earth’s Shrinking Moon is Causing Quakes
In addition to being the goddess of the moon , Artemis was also the goddess of the hunt, with Orion her hunting companion. Other events such as meteorite impacts can produce quakes, but those would produce different seismic signatures.

One dead in Sri Lanka anti-Muslim riots following Easter terror attack
Sri Lankan Catholics pray during mass which resumed after the Easter Sunday attacks, at the "All Saints" Church in Colombo . All the windows and doors of the soft-pink building were smashed and copies of the Qur'an were thrown onto the floor.

MPs To Vote On Theresa May's Brexit Vote AGAIN Next Month
She will confirm the timetable when she meets leaders of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, who have demanded that she set a date for her departure.

Tiger Woods says Bethpage Black can be 'mentally and physically
Another long-standing record on the horizon is Sam Snead's 82 PGA Tour wins - a mark Woods now needs just one more title to match. Thomas' withdrawal keeps the PGA Championship from having all of the top 100 from the world ranking at Bethpage Black.