After outraging the Basque country, Kosovo and re-opening the debate over Crimea – in the process reviving tensions between Ukraine and Russia – it’s now Palestine who’s protesting against the very controversial banned flags list for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
THE PALESTINIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE’S REACTION
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Upon releasing the infamous “flag policy”, the EBU has been heavily criticized by the concerned parties. Of course, they are not only annoyed by the banning of their flags, but mostly outraged to be featured in the same list as ISIS.
Palestine was quick to express its dissatisfaction too through a condemning statement from the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, who states that this decision is a: “humiliation to the history, culture and rights of the Palestinian people, who have the right to raise their flag in international events and festivals like every country in the world”. The statement also reads: “This decision goes against the international efforts to bring stability and justice for our people, who have the right to live peacefully and in dignity, especially after Palestine officially joined the United Nations and its flag was raised in front of their headquarters”.
PALESTINIAN LIBERATION ORGANIZATION’S REACTION
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The Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, expressed his indignation in an open letter to the President of the EBU, Jean Paul Philippot, calling this decision “discriminatory and a serious offense against our nation.” He also added: “The Eurovision song contest this year will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, the first EU member state in Western Europe to officially recognize the State of Palestine“.He also urges the EBU to revoke this decision and issue an official apology to the Palestinian people.
The entire “flag ban” controversy certainly looks like it’s dealing a major blow to the EBU’s efforts in promoting Eurovision as a non-political event. Do you think this controversy will harm the contest as it continues to build? Let us know in the comments section below!