On Saturday evening Ireland returned to the Grand Final for the very first time in five years. But if the Lord Mayor of Dublin has anything to do with it, the next time we see Ireland at Eurovision will be in 2020.

Micheal Mac Donncha has called for Ireland to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Mac Donncha, a Sinn Fein politician with close ties to Palestine, made the comment in an interview with Dublin Live.

He said: “I would support [a boycott]…I don’t think we should send a representative.”

Mac Doncha isn’t the only Irish politican in support of a boycott. MEPs Lynn Boylan and Nessa Childers have both shared their support on social media.

Boylan, also of Sinn Fein, shared this tweet:

BDS refers to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, a global campaign group which works to advance various forms of boycott against Israel, until it meets what the campaign says are Israel’s “obligations under international law”.

Childers, a member of the Party of European socialists, questioned the rumoured choice of Jerusalem as host city.

If Ireland does boycott, it would be the first year the country fails to participate in the contest since 2002.

Ten countries have already expressed provisional interest in participating in Israel. Israel has hosted the contest twice previously in 1979 and 1999. On both occasions, Jerusalem played host to the contest and Ireland participated on both occasions.

This year Ireland made it to the Grand Final for the first time in five years. It awarded thirteen points to Israel in total. Seven points from the jury and six points from the televoting.

RTE is yet to confirm participation, and a withdrawal seems unlikely in light of qualification this year. The broadcaster has utilised internal selection over the past three years. Prior to that The Late Late Show served as a single night national selection.

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Photo: Lord Mayor of Dublin Twitter, AP Photo/Armando Franca

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Joe
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All this makes me sad more than anything. Israel won fair and square. They took the televote and didn’t do badly with the juries either. There was no foul (or should I say fowl) play, no bloc voting, just a well-earned win. And now all of this! I was rooting for Netta by the night of, and I’m sad people are so down on Israel now.

Joe
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Apparently some folks in Iceland are also trying to get them to withdraw? You know, Iceland, who got their best-ever result with Selma in Jerusalem? And are already confirmed for participation? And who matched their best result with Yohanna in – oh, how about that – Moscow.

They didn’t boycott either of those contests and they shouldn’t boycott now.

Chris
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Bilbo’s comments below are noble and just. Except that Netanyahou is already completely using it as a propaganda tool vis-à-vis the Jerusalem “question” on the global stage. Which will only get louder. In my humble opinion, it should therefore be in Tel Aviv (not that it’s going be…)

Rasmus
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Ireland is in Junior Eurovsion in BELARUS thats not known for human rights! So if they boycott Israel they are hypocrites. Dont you think?

GEE
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No. You cant discredit the human rights abuses in Israel just because it happens in another country. Classic case of whataboutism,

Lila
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GEE
Are u still here trashing about Israel?
Go to your terrorists friends and f*** off ..No one care what u think.
You are ugly.. not a good pic lol

Lea
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Israel is full of haters. Worse host country ever

Miguel
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Hablamos de cientos de muertos entre niños sanitarios y gente humilde que protesta porque les expolian las tierras, no es comparable, al menos en bielorusia viven

Iris
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BDS yawn. A political group on the fringes that tried to prevent voters from voting for Netta and we all know how that ended up. No news here. They’ll try to sabotage as usual, and as usual they’re ignored except in blogs here that try to make ”new” out of it.

GEE
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Lorde boycotted Israel. That’s a pretty big feather in the BDS cap.

Iris
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Yes, and not boycotted – she was scheduled to perform in Israel, and was under heavy pressure, even bullied – not to. Not all artists can handle this type of pressure. When it comes to bullying – yes, on occasion you will find some people who give in, but as I said – that’s as far as it goes.

Lila
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Who is lorde?
A singer with 1 song ..
Thanks lorde for not coming to Israel..
We dont know you ..

Ribb
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Why do you guys watch this contest and what do you think it is? It’s ironic to just say “let the contest be without politics” while praising songs about immigrants or anti-war these years. As an international event this level, it’s inevitable to have controversies about politics among countries and being used as a sort of propaganda tool sometimes.

Bilbo
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Yes that’s true. It’s time to switch on our brain.

Bilbo
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Netta is responsible for the government of Israel, Kristian Kostov for the actions of Putin and Troye Sivan for everything that happens in South Africa.
Find the mistake.
No support for haters.

Error 404
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You conveniently forgot to mention Julia Samoylova. I guess it’s OK to hate as long as it’s on the Russians.

Bilbo
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I mentioned Kristian. You can change his name to Julia if you want.
Do not forget the most important part: No support for haters.

Simon H
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Apparently minority groups in the UK, Ireland, Sweden and France are calling for their respective countries to boycott next year. I don’t think any country will, or should, boycott, but think it would be better to hold the contest in Tel Aviv with its much better infrastructure

123
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minorities meaning muslim immigrants

Gudrun
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Oh boy… The contest is going to be even more controversial than the one in 2017.

sokeh
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Eurovision is in Israel
Germany goes to Israel
Name of the music: ” Shower time”

Lila
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Disgusting.f***** off Nazi

sokeh
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hey i didnt write that, it was on youtube. So i guess the comment means what i was suspecting. thanks for clarifying.

Jo.
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omg drama already?

chicken
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the best thing she did all night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTMuBF8s_Zk
or maybe when her friends push césar
the warm welcome to ESC 2019
looking forward to other countries boycott
#PalestineIsNotYourToy

BEFAN
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Dear chicken – seems you forgot to take you medication today….. DON’T forget tomorrow, you’ll feel better 😉
btw – what is Palestine?

Lila
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Hi BDS terorrist stop with your hate.
Netta won deal with it!

Azaad
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This is free speech, let him speak. I do understand that anti semitism is a problem that plagues the world and Jewish people have the right to react as they want to. But criticising Israel isn’t the same as being anti Semitic. Supporting Palestine isn’t anti Semitic.

Personally, I would not watch the contest if it were in Jerusalem- Tel Aviv is different though.

BEFAN
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Azaad, you are so right….. still – Christians have many many countries (Europe, the whole Americas, and more), Muslims the same (from Asia to Africa), Hindus the same….. Israel is the ONLY(!!) Jewish state – hence when you criticize Israel – well ..- de facto then – one relates to antisemitism…. (you can’t blame them)

Kit Kat
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Not tottally agree with you. In Europe almost all countries SEPARATE religion and politics, even if they may talk about their Judeo-Christian heritage/culture. They’re based on their people, not their religion, so different people LIVE TOGETHER.
I had never thought that the religions OWN countries, your comment opens my eyes to what may some people think…

jewish mermaid
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judism is a both a religion and a nationality, because a state in israel is one of the big parts in the jewish beilef, the entire Torah tells the tale of the road to an israeli state. so yes, saying that Israel shouldn’t exist is anti-semitic. saying that Israel shouldn’t exist is saying the Jewish people shouldn’t have a country, and that’s anti-semitism.

Lila
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It will be only in Jerusalem the capital of Israel.dont watch.

Pollaski
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Considering the charter of Hamas, the democratically elected ruling party of Palestine, openly calls for the complete extermination of Israel, yes, I think supporting Palestine is kinda on the anti-semetic side.

Error 404
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And yet, yesterday the Palestinian death toll was 58 and the Israeli death toll 0. Let’s talk about extermination!

BEFAN
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Dear Error 404, Very funny !! MUST SEE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJFdkX0MGQQ

Ffs
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He’s such a VVanker

Denis
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Guys, less politics, more ESC! I get the choice is controversial and that ESC will be politicized but isn’t it always? Let’s at least here talk about ESC. This is beyond politics. Whether you support a two state solution like me and thinks both countries should exist or just one of them or none of them isn’t important for the contest, the song or Netta herself. Neither she nor the contest can bring piece there, nor can Agent Orange. I get it’s a controversial choice but for some that is enough reason to go and bring awareness. This forum is… Read more »
James
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Here , here ——- I’ll finish up now cause I’m literally done. Should be studying for an exam tomorrow eeek.

Lila
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Israel – 13 nobel prize winners.
Irelans- only8
Not to mention all the jews outside of israel who won nobel prize.who is the smartest nation by far????
I rest my case 🙂

James
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great you win are you really happy…….. its 10.30 pm and at this stage I couldn’t give a damm. I am entitled to my opinion and I hope have shown some good facts for people to see.
I’d end this as Denis says plus too tired for this crap. I tried to finish but you kept going.
Good night and enjoy the Eurovision no matter what city it may be in! Its a song contest after all. and may the best song win!

Alon I srael
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let James study… i guess he reads books about Israel history written by Hizballah….

Lila
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Lol I guess so 🙂

Pollaski
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Ella
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Reminds me of this

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sevzch
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i can show you a simillar map of europe with the same effects dude… war happens and it changes borders nothing new.. i dont see germant complain and shows a map of alzas – loren….

Pool75
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Dude, Alsace-Lorraine is French for centuries and was invaded by germans in 1870, that’s all. Historically, it never has been German!

BEFAN
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Are you from the ‘BE THE ASS’ movement?

Denis
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Nice to see it had no effect what so ever! Keep it up guys

Pollaski
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Gee, its almost as if going to war and losing (and by losing, I mean getting your butt completely handed to you) has negative consequences.

Richard
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Another statistic for your list.
Israel – 53 people shot dead today.

sevzch
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people who tried to break the israeli border and harm as many people as they can reach.. #context matters

BEFAN
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BEFAN
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BEFAN
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Lila
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They are terrorists..well done Iseael. Free isreal

's all good
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Is the nobel prize a marker of being smart? You do know Yasser Arafat was awarded one, as was Cordell Hull (the American guy who turned away a boat with 1000 Jews fleeing the holocaust). Is your case still rested?

Lila
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Yes nobel prize is THE best prize for been Smart.
Yasser arafat gat prize not becouse he is smart..just becouse he went to oslo for the peace agreement.
Jews are the smartest nation in the all world thats a Fact.

Catriona Colville
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Ignoring these politics is stupid. Eurovision is not beyond politics, it is right in the centre of them.

Oldboy
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I am sure there are dozens of more important things to take care of in Ireland and in Dublin before starting to care about the Eurovision. And that goes for all politicians. Take care of your citizens, do your job first and then comment on topics that will only bring you publicity. It is just a song contest. Politicians must have the courage to take difficult decisions where and when it truely matters, not when it is convenient and free of repercussions.

niamh burke
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the lord mayor of dublin? sinn fein politician full of self importance and they love to boycott something or other.
full of principles apparently,

JEFFERSON
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During Trump’s speech, the president said that the US has “peace as the greatest hope.” “The United States is committed to a permanent peace agreement” in the region, Trump said. “The US will always be a great friend of Israel, and they want peace.

I find it funny that the bible itself, written by Jews in Revelation 13 speaks of the lamb with two horns that was a lamb but spoke like a dragon, in figure of the USA.

BEFAN
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Jefferson – relax baby… your blood pressure will rise !! SHOW some LOVE hun cause ISRAEL- isREAL :-))

Rasmus
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the bible, here? i think you have come to the wrong place.

JEFFERSON
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What, you do not believe in God? If you are alive, it is because God allows.

Pollaski
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I like my BDS better.

B is for “Build an Embassy in Jerusalem”
D is for “Dude, that’s a nice looking embassy we have in Jerusalem”
S is for “Sorry for everyone who’s butthurt about our new embassy. In Jerusalem.”

LILIA
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Pollaski I LOVE YOU
are you coming to Israel next Year?I’ll keep you a place of honor

Pollaski
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Uh, probably not.
Its a bit pricey to go halfway around the world.

LILIA
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Pollaski Too bad

BEFAN
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Let’s start a campaign of FUNNY “BE THE ASS” smak !! btw great one pollaski 🙂

LILIA
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BEFAN
B-Best of luck to Israel hosting Eurovision 2019 in the amazing city OF Jerusalem :
D – Dolls are the most cute toys – and Netta’s TOY is the CUTEST 🙂
S – Sunny Israel is welcoming you all 🙂
BEFAN and Pollaski – how is mine? 🙂

BEFAN
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LV it :-))

LILIA
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KISSESSSS BEFAN

Pollaski
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I live in the PNW. I don’t like sun.

LILIA
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🙂

Phyllis
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Butthurt?
Do you know how many died today over this embassy?
They’re more than butthurt.

BEFAN
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Lila
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They desurve to die they terrorists

Pollaski
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Nobody died over the embassy.

About 50 people died because they tried to attack Israeli positions and lay mines, and used the embassy as an excuse.

But again. We moved an embassy. If that makes you violent, you’re the problem, not us.

BEFAN
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BEFAN
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LILIA
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lol BEFAN you are awsome!

BEFAN
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BDS = Be the ass !

LILIA
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BEFAN kissess from Israel

JEFFERSON
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The main point is that there is no security here. And Israel geographically is not Europe, nor is Australia.

Leo
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Whatever, Azerbaijan isn’t geographically europe either and was allowed to host and Israel hosted contests too, although it’s never been much safer than now. There is no valid argument not to host there.

YourMan
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Erm.. Actually geographically Azerbaijan’s some northern cities are located in Europe, while Israel has no land in European territory. But it doesn’t really matter, Eurovision is all about unity, diversity and friendship. So I am looking forward to the ESC 2019 in Israel. Best of luck. <3

Jo.
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I thought Israel was a Baltic State. Glad you said that.

Lila
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Lol

2452
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the funny part that we all know that in the end Ireland will be there next year, and if you are really thinks otherwise. you are just dumb

Alon I srael
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i hope that many countries will boycot the contest… it will increase our chances to win again….first i hope that ireland will boycot…
the thing is that all arab countries don’t care about palestinians…we saw that in many crisis…
FREE PALESTINE FROM THEIR TERRORIST LEADERS!!

LILIA
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Great comment ALON! 🙂

Alon I srael
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Lilia, i suspect that many here are from the BDS organisation, using many nicks and spreading hate everywhere… they are acting like the terror organisation Hamas, waiting eagerly that something happens so they will spread their propaganda…as much as Hamas send his children in purpose to death…
they never understand that we don’t need a piece of land.. we need safety…if israel won’t defend itself it will be exterminated by those cruel people…wedon’t need europe to understand us… we lost so many lives because we were considering what europe will say…

LILIA
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Alon Israel
Like you, I’m sure that the respondents here are from the BDS movement, just like they took over Netta’s instagram page and wished her “Greetings”. I just do not understand why wiwi gives it a hand. Wiwi publishes political articles and feeds the animal, and Wiwi does not erase anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks. This blog has become a hate blog. If Wiwi does not block users who sow hatred, there is no point to this blog anymore.

Alon I srael
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so many comments make the blog more relevant.. so it’s good for them… but it seems that the articles are made in a provocative way to give the BDS terror organisation a stage to speak….
don’t worry, Israel is not that hated in the world.. you only hear those who are full of hate and jealousy…they wouldn’t want neighbours like palestinians but they are brave when they are far…

LILIA
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Well Said!! 🙂

LILIA
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James: The United Nations decided on the establishment of the State of Israel, in fact most of the countries in the world voted for it .. So it is not right to say that Israel exists only because of the United States.

James
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I’m doubting Israel’s survival without the USA. READ IT PROPERLY PLEASE!

Alon I srael
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i am doubting you survive if you had palestinian neighbours!!
READ IT PROPERLY!!!
because i am sure your country won’t defend you well ..

LILIA
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ALON ISRAEL lol 🙂 🙂

sevzch
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with the weponry that israel holds…. i dont see israel falling even without the US unless the entire world will attack it which i dont see happening ever

YourMan
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I knew that ESC 2019 is going to be full of controversies. There we go… 🙂

PS. Trust me, this is just the beginning!! This is going to be one of the most unforgettable ESC editions in the history.

sam
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boycott of Eurovision for Surie for united kingdom . Eurovision 2018: SuRie reveals injuries on ITV’s This Morning after stage invader ordeal

Dalth
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Should be bloody grateful for her”ordeal” probably saved her from that dredded last place . Thought Surie was great but the song was poor. Never mind she will probably be singing again next year for the French bit of belgium.

Alon I srael
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how arrogant and ignorants are many people here in this blog…
the most horrible things to humanity happened in your countries and you are speaking about Israel? shame on you! you are soon going to face what we are facing every day…

LILIA
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Unfortunately, there are not many Israelis on this blog who can answer all the idiots here who know nothing about Israel and feed only on false media

JEFFERSON
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About Russia it’s all fake media too.

JEFFERSON
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Israel and USA control this world the way they want it. They speak badly of Russia, but this American Jewish peace policy is going to explode in a war that will destroy the whole world. I am totally against the influence of Israel and the United States of America in the world!

LILIA
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Good for you antisemitic looser

Frisian esc
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I read both american media and RT out of interest and both are bad with propaganda in their own way.

BEFAN
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Ouhpss….. And SWEDEN controls Eurovision !! :-)) (but seems that about THAT you don’t care…..)

LILIA
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BEFAN -move to Israel.. u are very good friend of us:)

BEFAN
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LV IL people – but also quite hot 4 me 🙂

123
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bottom line is: It’s really annoying that a country, which is not even in Europe, is using Europe’s 60 something year old competition for their political interest….if they weren’t doing that, they would have organised it in more modern, more peaceful, and more eurovision-friendly Tel Aviv

James
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Preach!!!!!!!!!

LILIA
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this annoying country, as you put it, only brings good to the world. Without this state, it will not be able to use such applications as Wise, Viber, Watsapp, or to use cancer drugs. ? all of the above are israeli inventions- Without ISRAEL, Europe will not be able to obtain the most accurate intelligence information ABOUT terrorist attacks . Do you know how many attacks were prevented in Europe following Israel’s intelligence information? So this is the time to express thanks to Israel for doing only good to the world.

James
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We could have just used messenger on facebook! plus your intelligence wasn’t that good to stop disgusting isis attacks in Paris , London , Berlin etc

LILIA
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but Israel Prevented many attacks, from where do you know that israel did not warn about these attacks? Maybe someone did not respond to that. For Facebook, Zuckerberg is Jewish and has a family in Israel. Google was founded by Jews with roots in Israel. So what will you do?

James
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Probably use a text message- Don’t tell me your claiming that too! He was born and raised in the USA! And we invented submarines , coloured pictures, designed the White House , Home to apple, Twitter etc , Dell, Pfizer etc the list is endless

LILIA
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But he support Israel..he is one of us jews!! So Boycot him.. boycot also google.
good luck with your old text massages lol

James
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No we would never boycott an American company with thousands of Irish working there at top levels and at grass roots. It would be counter productive to do so! You pick and choose your fights 😉

LILIA
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Ok whatever…
just so you know The Irish working in the United States probably work for very wealthy Jews who support Israel and contribute a lot of money to Israel. I just say that the richest people in the United States are Jews who support Israel.
So for the sake of money u will not boycott American companies that support Israel? So you do not really support the Palestinians to the end. This is hypocrisy … especially as the Palestinians eat and drink thanks to Israel and the money it raises for them

James
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Ireland gives half a million euro to the Gaza Strip and Palestine every year…… Awkward. Thats great but there American get that into your head. John F Kennedy irish American president. Family visits and funds Irish causes. Barack obama – Irish heritage, Mike pence has irish families run and own top law firms eg McCartheys tétrault by irish Americans.

James
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As of 2016 Ireland gives the 15th most aid in the world. So don’t try and knock the country down. Who cares if you have wealthy jews in America…….

Love Israel the only democracy in the middle east
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Love Israel the only democracy in the middle east

Your comment sound antisemetic and bitter ..Is it possiblle you envy of the jews?
Whatever you say Israel is more smart and secssesful than Ireland will ever be thats a fact!!!!!

Lila
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That said nothing really lol
So patethic.

James
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7th richest country in the world…….

LILIA
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Ashamed that your money goes to terror of Hamas
your money not going to the people its go For the purchase of missiles and the construction of tunnels through which they will carry out terrorist attacks, then Ireland finances terrorism … Another reason why you should not come to Israel next year

James
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don’t worry money is given directly to the people via charities. With such wealthy men in America could they not spare a little change…… or do you have to get other countries to do your dirty work?

Lila
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No your money go to terror.

LILIA
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Obama another disgusting Creature
Mike pence Love Israel and a true friend of Israel and hate Palestinian terror, so there is 1 Normal Irish men lol u should learn a lot from Mr. pence

James
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Mike pence does not like gays…. so clearly would not like tel aviv. I’m Certainly not proud of him anyway you can take him hahahaha!
Why do you not like Obama? Is it because your a racist?

Love Israel the only democracy in the middle east
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Love Israel the only democracy in the middle east

Pence Love Tel Aviv..its clear u know nothing.
Dont like obama not becouse he is black..im not racist like your self.Good night .

James
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Are you LILIA …….NO. I’m sure he does love Tel aviv give me a break! why is he an evil creature?

NoGeoblocks
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Now imagine how many more of these attacks you would have had all over Europe without Israeli Intelligence… It would have Eurostan by now. The gays of Europe would not be celebrating in the Lisbon Arena, they would have been thrown off of the rooftops instead,

123
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i didn’t say that the country is annoying, i said that the thing they are doing with eurovision is annoying and all of the stuff that you mentioned above has nothing to do with this specific (and ANNOYING) situation…get it?

LILIA
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We Israelis do not do anything, it’s not us that mix politics with songs competition … I’m just responding to all the liars and haters of Israel here. I like Netta love my country and will always defend it.

BEFAN
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Jerusalem is beyond great !!! Watch on youtube – Eurovision 1979 and 1999. Both of them were held in Jerusalem that was and IS the capital of Israel (btw – no one (I repeat – no one) withdrew then – and no one will do it next year). Stop dreaming folks

LILIA
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BEFAN Ii told u .. come and live in Israel 🙂

Mike
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This country is part of the European Broadcasting Union. And that’s what counts. Israel has already won three times in the Eurovision and has already hosted twice in Jerusalem in the past and everything worked fine

Leo
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Basically no one is boycotting the fifa world cup in Russia, a human rights abusing dictatorship, but now they wabt to boycott the ESC in israel, the only democracy of its entire region? Hypocrisy much?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely ok to criticize Israel, but it’s that double standard that makes people call antisemitism.

Joe
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I agree.

LILIA
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I agree

Pollaski
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The United States is boycotting the world cup in Russia.

…at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

LILIA
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lol So funny as usual

M_K
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Erm… I don’t know how public broadcasting works in Ireland but I heavily doubt that an MP is supposed to influence the content put on the air. We shouldn’t forget that Eurovision is a television programme after all.

LILIA
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Leo M
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I’m sure he won’t be the last to suggest pulling out particularly with today’s events. I won’t be surprised if it is not actually held in Israel next year due to safety concerns. Time will tell

LILIA
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No one will pull out
The European Union has given a statement that Israel has the right to defend itself

Door
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You can count on Israel’s security forces to successfully secure the event, wherever it’ll be in Israel

Alon I srael
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yes… it’s much safer in paris and london or any other arab countries in europe such as sweden…

LILIA
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The Palestinians are terrorists who tried to kill Israeli soldiers today, so what do you expect Israel to not respond?

James
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How many Israeli soldiers were killed? They have weapons, practically full armour! The Palestinians have stones! Hardly fair!

Frisian esc
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Maybe they should follow zibbz example and stop throwing stones?

James
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hahahaha they should be the opening act for 2019 just change it to shooting bullets 😉

LILIA
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lol thats a good one
The Palestinians throw heavy stones that can kill is no laughing matter

James
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Ahh yes neither is drones!

LILIA
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The Palestinians have weapons not just stones, the Iranians buy them weapons in a millions. What do you expect Israel to allow its soldiers and civilians to be murder? No, as far as I’m concerned, people who come to kill should be killed first

James
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Nobody is saying That Israelis should be murdered! But to kill 52 people and 6 children in one 1 day in protests is nasty! Israel has blood on its hands. Yes the protesters may have stones, but I’m sure your military has riot gear as any well developed country has. There was clearly no need to use bullets. they could have used pellets….. or even tear gas!

LILIA
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Your analysis is really funny, were you there to understand the situation? Believe me, our army does not want to kill anyone. Apparently our soldiers did not have a choice and they were in mortal danger.

LILIA
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The Palestinians already have blood on their hands, they have murdered entire Israeli families

James
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where you there at the front line? no your just hearing it from Israeli state news

LILIA
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James I live here .. you dont.. So it’s easy to judge from a distance … especially since the media in Ireland is one-sided and against Israel on a regular basis.
I tell you that I know the Israel Defense Forces, this is the most moral army there is, no one will kill for no reason. Not long ago an Israeli soldier went to jail just because he killed a terrorist after they neutralized the terrorist. Then i suggests that you learn a bit about the Israeli side of the conflict before you judge

James
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YT8VVy0zu4
he went to jail only because it was caught on camera!

LILIA
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So what?
If we were not a moral people, we would ignore all this, because he killed a terrorist who wanted to carry out an attack. But we did not give up and the soldier was tried and imprisoned

Frisian esc
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And you also hear it from your own media james…. There was a terrorist attack in the hague a few days ago and all dutch media called it a “confused man” in the mean time on the front page of most news channels there is an article about palestine every single day the last months. interesting

James
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I’m not from the Netherlands so I really can’t comment. I watch both irish , British and German news. I didn’t hear of anything……….

James
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I don’t think there is anything funny about 52 people being killed including 6 children!

LILIA
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Who said it was funny? I also do not think it’s funny to target rockets from Gaza at Israeli kindergartens

Alon I srael
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Lilia, they are all watching the selective biased news in their countries… they understand nothing…

James
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Where’s the evidence? Your all talk no fact! I can see why you like trump!
Give me a link and I’ll believe it! You haven’t given me one piece of evidence to back up your facts!

LILIA
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I tell you the truth .. You will believe in what you want .. Just take into account that your media shows only the Palestinian narrative and always presents them as poor, they do not that poor.
There are a lot of Israeli families suffering and crying every day about their children who were murdered by terrorists. you wanted a link you received. this is 1 example by many others:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20xacjkM-O8

Sasha
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Why can’t you just agree that both groups are killing each other?

LILIA
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AGREE But one group is a declared terrorist organization, and the other is a state. What do you think the United States would do if Mexico were aiming missiles at it? Or what do you think France would have done if a Terorist organization attacked it? Did not France murder terrorists? Why should Israel behave differently?

James
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http://www.thejournal.ie/ban-on-goods-israeli-settlements-frances-black-3827755-Feb2018/
Palestine is a recognised state. But I agree there should no more fighting. There was good peace talks. Until the USA decided to back Israel in the move of embassy to Jerusalem. So they are no longer neutral. Thus talks have broken down and as a result today you have seen the deaths of 52 people.

LILIA
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Hamas is a terrorist organization recognized by the whole world. Hamas is the only ruler in Gaza, so it is illegitimate by the world

LILIA
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Why do you ignore the unfortunate fact that these 52 people were very violent towards Israeli soldiers? If you want to blame someone, blame Hamas for ordering the Palestinians to go to fight the IDF because Hamas does not care that its people will die, why do not you blame Hamas for educating Palestinian children from the age of 0 to murder Jews? It’s not black or white For the embassy in Jerusalem, it is America’s right to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. The decision to transfer the embassy has been passed by the US Senate… Read more »
James
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I think i’m going to END this conversation LILIA. I’m only talking to a government puppet! Don’t talk to me about history, as a law and history student in Dublin I know what I’m talking about! In Fact most Irish people do. When a student in a lecture said the Palestinians were to blame not only did the lecturer laugh but the whole lecture hall laughed. Its common knowledge what your doing! Your country wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the USA. Have a good night sleep in your warm and cozy bed tonight because 52 families will be grieving.… Read more »
James
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P.s my time is too precious!

LILIA
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I happen to be studying law, too, and your legal system is different from ours. This does not mean that your lecturer is telling an absolute truth. I will sleep well tonight knowing that the Israeli army is protecting me from terrorists. Good night to you too.

James
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Also Mexico didn’t leave then come back and expect there land to still be there.

LILIA
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And Mexico did not lose 16 million of its people during the Holocaust

Nicolas
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One less boring ballad in 2019. Who cares.

Gili
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S he said so what? who counts him? The justice and truth are with israel, united states knows it already thats
why they support israel so hard and just moved their embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem…truth will always win at the end

Guilbert
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How many Israelis were killed by Hamas & other Palestinian terrorists? Judging from Irish performance for the past 6 years, Ireland’s botcott would not dent the event. No worries

James
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So how many Israelis were killed? Go ahead tell me?

LILIA
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Hundreds of thousands, including children, babies and whole families
Why does the two-faced Ireland not go against Palestinian terrorism that murdered hundreds of thousands of Israelis in cold blood?

James
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Perhaps because we know what its like to have our land taken from us by foreigners!

James
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P.s very percise with the numbers!

LILIA
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NOT AT ALL
GO AND READ

LILIA
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So you support terror against Israelis? its ok for u?
No one has taken from them a state, Israel belongs to the Jewish people from 3000 years ago, there are archaeological findings that prove this clearly. Go and have a little insight before you choose one side

James
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I think i’m going to END this conversation LILIA. I’m only talking to a government puppet! Don’t talk to me about history, as a law and history student in Dublin I know what I’m talking about! In Fact most Irish people do. When a student in a lecture said the Palestinians were to blame not only did the lecturer laugh but the whole lecture hall laughed. Its common knowledge what your doing! Your country wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the USA. Have a good night sleep in your warm and cozy bed tonight because 52 families will be grieving.… Read more »
LILIA
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I will end the conversation whenever I want. You have not responded yet to Palestinian terrorism against Israelis. So I understand that this is all right with you. You’re a man with double standards

James
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Nice of you to add this comment so late. I would consider them freedom fighters. Peace talks have not worked as the USA is influenced by jews in the White House eg jared Kushner. In Ireland we were lucky to rid the British at the time due to military advancement was not highly developed in the world.We didn’t have much so the Irish created gorilla warfare look it up! The Black and Tans came in to our houses stole , and burned the houses to the ground along with other things. Thats why I feel so passionate about this topic.… Read more »
LILIA
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Freedom fighters who murder Israeli children ?? I do not accept that. Your opinions are unacceptable and are one-sided. You expressed your pain on Palestinians who were killed. Why can not you express your pain about Israelis who were murdered? Why? Maybe you are an anti-Semite. Or you are another of Israel’s BDS enemies. From the moment you justified terror against Israelis and called them Freedom fighters , I finished the discussion with you. Good night and go to your terrorist friends. And Ireland dont come to Israel next year we dont need you at all you are ZERO TO… Read more »
James
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You just completely twisted things just there. Unbelievable. Far from any of your above comments, peace would be my preferred option. Killings of children happen sadly on both sides as seen today. You can warp my comments all you like but I am no nazi. Thats the lowest of the low and you should really be ashamed of yourself for what you have just said. But then again when you have no come back it is what you resort to! Sad! But just note your government is not an angel. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/israeli-official-expelled-over-use-of-fake-passports-1.678818 I will leave you with that. Since your media… Read more »
James
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Any Response?

Joe
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Just saying, Israel got 6 points from the Irish televote and 7 from the Irish jury. It’d be hypocritical for them to pull out when they were partially responsible for Israel’s victory.
Ireland also competed in both 1979 and 1999 – they even came 5th in ‘79. If they didn’t bat an eye about participating in Moscow or Baku, Jerusalem once again shouldn’t be the exception. Ultimately, I don’t think they would (making it to the final seems to have reawoken the old Irish Eurovision patriotism), but I do have a feeling that we aren’t getting the full line-up next year.

Joe
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Though I will say that there have only been three times where the country itself was the reason for not participating: Austria didn’t compete in Madrid to protest the Franco regime (although, similar to Ireland here, they gave points to Spain), Turkey and Yugoslavia didn’t compete in Jerusalem the first time due to political pressure (all of the countries who sat out the contest in ‘99 did so due to relegation, not politics), and Armenia didn’t compete in Baku because of that whole mess. Heck, even in Moscow, the two withdrawals were for a political song (Georgia) and poor results… Read more »
Joe
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(In case you’re wondering, I didn’t count Russia withdrawing last year because technically, they WOULD have competed, they just COULDN’T).

FTATIPB
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Agree

Rasmus
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I want Ireland to stay. The Palestine issue is a lot harder then boycott a music festival. Of topic: Have anyone seen how Azerbajzjan voted in the semifinal? All 5 close to exactly the same for 18 songs. Is that even possible to have such similar taste? Azerbajdjan have a very hard time with fairplay i must say, now and in the past. All the other jurors didnt vote close to that.

James
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Reported over 40 palestinians killed by the Israeli military in Gaza! #BoycottIsrael2019 #PalestineIsNotYourToy

Truth Teller
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Just btw, is anyone else frightened by the picture of this mayor dude? Certain holier-than-thou Irish Catholic priests come to mind…

Miguel
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#PalestineIsNotYourToy
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LILIA
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#ISRAELIsNotYourToy
#ISRAELNotYourToy
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r u crazy
Guest

who the hell don’t want to go to Israel next year, are you crazy?? Gal Gadot will probably be there

hhhhhhhhhhh
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who the f cares lol, im promise you all that Ireland will be in Israel next year, those politicians just love to talk

Ben
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I think it’s kind of funny that Irelands contribution this year was all about inclusivity and tolerance, yet it’s the first country to want to boycott the next host. Hmm, guess they were singing about a very specific kind of inclusivity.

John Walsh
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Let’s include Isis then ?

GGG
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That mayor doesn’t speak for the vast majority of the people of Ireland. Do not paint the whole country with the same brush!

Ben
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Well, obviously not. Was just pointing out the contradiction.

Ron
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Bree ouch hmm Luh!
Such a sweet song it is…
Its about woman empowerment!
What about murdering innocent women and kids?
It is 2018 not world war years,are you aware of it?
Did not we learn lessons from our past mistakes our still-bleeding-wounds?
Are you celebrating your trophy in this way? Bombing?
Is it how you celebrate there in Israel?
Do you think you will be happy living in your childrens’ blood spoilt soils?
Oh hey but wait lets celebrate diversity and come together!
So you can kill easier!
JERUSALEM 2019 MUTHABUCKERS!
ALL ABOARD!

sevzch
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Do you know that these woman and children are threatend to be in those clashes and prostests by the hamas? yeah i feel sorry that they die but they are being used as a human shield…. what mother would take her children to violent protests when they can get killed???? #ContextMatters

Ron
Guest

Stop talking within conspiracy theories, that you are being told. do not believe in everything that is served you by your media. be objective and think without biased. let your heart and mind be your guide, not your nationalism and fixed idea.
This is like saying Hitler was an innocent man whowas threatened by other external forces to do what he did but the result is not changing anything. since the day israel was built it was never in the same sentence with peace. it brought pain, hatred blood and tears. #NotBuyingIt

sevzch
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Ok so plz tell me what would those palestinans do the moment they pass the border to israel in those clashes? give a hug to the soldiers and both will go to a bar to drink?….. be realistic..

James
Guest

Realistically Israel brought it upon themselves by taking more and more Palestinian land! What do you expect them to do give you a hug !!!!! Your mind is Warped by Benjamins Media!

sevzch
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Israel have returned gazza to the palestinians war happens and it changes borders… i dont see germany complaining about the mad loss of their land after world war 2…. i dont see cezech republic fighting with slovakia over land…. they should be thankfull that israel let them stay….

Frisian esc
Guest

Im curious if it was another country like turkey that has killed armenians and kurds by the millions would there still have been this political outrage for a boycot?

Matt
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It’s hard to quantify the outrage and it’s significance as it’s only been a few days, we should wait and see what happens, I think if Turkey did win Eurovision considering what is going on there now there would be controversy and calls for boycotts in some countries.

Haluk
Guest

Excuse me Matt, what is going on in Turkey now?

Darth Thulhu
Guest

Erdogan consolidating an increasingly-theocratic dictatorship with increasingly-sham elections, actively supporting ISIS in Syria for half a decade while claiming to fight terrorism, and ceasing to broadcast Eurovision for the same half a decade because it’s far too gay for his increasingly-Islamist party to tolerate on the public airwaves (while making polite noises about it just being an issue with the juries).

That kind of thing.

KESC
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Lol, are you comparing numbers now? If so, be sure that there are other countries leading, and it’s not Turkey!!

NickC
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Because Germany never killed Jews and neo-nazis did not burn Turks… And Brits never killed anyone in their colonies. And Belgium did nothing in Congo, and Russia did nothing to Tatars, Ukrainians and Georgians. Dutch Afrikaner were peaceful in Africa. France did not kill thousands of Algerians. Sure, sure… And Serbs, Bosnians, Croats and Albanians were just playing nicely with eachother. Bulgarians, Hungarians and Romanians are so nice to Roma minorities. Do you want me to continue?

Yussef David Stein-Pereira
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Yussef David Stein-Pereira
Of the above countries which ones are still killing people (whose lands they continue to “colonize”) in 2018? Before you say Russia or Turkey: Turkey won’t be returning to the ESC any time soon and both countries are dictatorships. Which democratic country is still killing its neighbours? I assume Israel is still a democratic country. I only had the pleasure to visit it in 1994 (I went to Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee) – not Tel-Aviv except I seem to remember the airport was close to it – and on the Palestine side to Bethlehem and Jericho. which was… Read more »
Frisian esc
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But turkey is killing kurds to this day. That’s the difference.

Polat
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Frisian esc if you are a ‘human’ with real feelings, just look at this photo carefully: They are just a few gems which PKK(Kurdish Terror Organisation) took away from us. They were the most brilliant, promising children you can’t ever imagine. Now they are gone forever and nothing can bring them back. But how dare you blaming us in our fight with those terrorists?(We are in fight with PKK supporting terrorists not all Kurdish people. There are alotof Kurdish citizens, who are against to those terrorists, who we live together with peace and fraternity.) You know nothing Jon Snow, so… Read more »
NickC
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And neo nazis are still killing turks. That is the difference