Norwegian broadcaster NRK has told the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that it’s letting the European Broadcasting Union take the lead regarding Israel’s participation in Eurovision 2024.

The news comes after the EBU revealed that 37 countries have confirmed for the song contest in Malmö, including Israel.

The country’s participation is highly controversial and a major talking point on social media, with many Eurovision fans saying Israel’s response to the October 7 attacks has overstepped, pointing to the staggering civilian death toll in Gaza. Many Israelis counter that their country was attacked and has every right to defend itself and to pursue Hamas terrorists.  

Dagbladet asked NRK whether it had a position on Israel’s participation. Responding by e-mail, NRK’s director of entertainment Charlo Halvorsen said:

“It is natural that questions about participation in the Eurovision Song Contest for a country at war arise. We have not yet taken a position on this matter, but are following what the EBU decides.” 

Dagebladet asked the EBU’s press team whether the issue of Israel’s participation had been discussed and received this vague answer.

“We are in the process of finalizing the list of public broadcasters that will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2024. When the preparations are complete, the entire list of participants will be published in full.”

They said they had no comment beyond that.

NRK was among the first public broadcasters who called for Russia to be excluded from Eurovision 2022 following its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.  

Broadcasters in Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Iceland, Finland, and Estonia issued similar statements. 

So far no public broadcasters have made public calls to remove Israel, suggesting that their participation is not currently under threat. 

 

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Chris
Chris
2 months ago

It will be such a waste if Israel wins this year especially since it seems all countries try to send their very best. I hope people will vote based on music and not politics.

Mark
Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

I wonder if you were so concerned with that prior to the Ukraine win….

Miguel Soares
Miguel Soares
2 months ago

Dear all,   I strongly disagree with your perspectives. An article in a Norwegian publication, which expresses biased views against Israel, seems to have influenced many of you. It’s disheartening to witness the propagation of such hate.   I urge you to delve into history, expand your knowledge, and reconsider your stance towards the only Jewish state.   The ongoing conflict isn’t merely about land or a clash between Israelis and Palestinians; it’s a battle against a terrorist organization that holds its civilians captive. Let’s not forget who voted for this group to govern Gaza – yes, it’s the Gazans… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Miguel Soares

There has not been an election in Gaza for 17 years, before so many of these victims were even born. They absolutely did not vote for THIS. You undermine your whole point with sentiments like that.

Moshe Melman
2 months ago

I think eurovision sites shgould not deal with politics. I comment on this on my website.
https://escline.co.il/Manage/AddEditContent.aspx?ContentID=311773&rMP=&rCS=-1

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Moshe Melman

Some things transcend “politics”.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  Moshe Melman

Ideally, but sadly it’s inevitable, this whole situation transcends any boundary

Noam600
Noam600
2 months ago

I hope that Israel will not send a sad ballad next year, I hope that they will send an uplifting song like the song “Unicorn” but even more optimistic. Israel must not let H4m4s bring them down.

XOOOOD
XOOOOD
2 months ago

this comment section is toxic AF! I know the editors are reading the comments and sadly they don’t do anything. it’s all about the numbers and engagement that matters apparently.

Wedding Cake Island
Wedding Cake Island
2 months ago

From Australia here. It’s a hard NO to Israel competing ever again!

Noam600
Noam600
2 months ago

That’s rich when it coming from you… HAHAHA

Kobe
Kobe
2 months ago

Any country that is at war should be banned. Yes, im also looking at you Azerbaijan…

gea
gea
2 months ago
Reply to  Kobe

Azerbaijan and Armenia will sign peace deal in coming days, that’s the first thing. Second, Azerbaijan did not carry military operations outside Azerbaijan: that’s not the case with Israel and Russia.
I am not here to defend Azerbaijan, I know exactly what kind of regime is in power there: I am just saying such comparisons are not valid.

vetrina
vetrina
2 months ago

Israel-Russia….double standards!

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

Not at all

Paxer
Paxer
2 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

You are comparing apples to oranges

Noam600
Noam600
2 months ago

If Israel wins it will be amazing BUT after that they need to host.. and I don’t know if the war will end until then.. So maybe Israel will win but another country will host, I think Germany will host cause they are really Pro-Israeli.. but we will see! I don’t know wht the EBU will do in that situation.

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
2 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

At what point do you decide if you’re going to post as Noam600, as Bejba, or as Anonymous91?

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

You can identify Bejba pretty easy. “Just Look At How They Write”…

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  ECD534

Which is probably just an attempt to adopt a guise. Makes it easier to have multiple names without being spotted.

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Oh how I did with ::: until I changed my nickname to ECD534. Wait what no that’s something entirely different, I never used the names simultaneously lol (only once because of a mistake)
Changed it when I connected Wiwi with WordPress after the OGAE Second Chance Contest

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

THAT’S Bejba?! Well I’m not supporting them anymore!

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

Bruh, just stop, you’re not doing Israel any favors

Mqe
Mqe
2 months ago

It’s a complete disgrace that European countries were able to take a firm stance and exerted pressure over the EBU on Russia (and rightly so), and yet they do nothing about Israel and Azerbaijan. This year may be most blatantly obvious but both countries have of course done heinous things for years and then whitewashed (and in Israel’s case specifically) also pinkwashed their image in front of the Eurovision audience. I’m not the biggest fan of taking it out on the artists themselves, but the press & fans in the arena should make their voices be heard if no one… Read more »

Raul
Raul
2 months ago
Reply to  Mqe

Israel is a democratic country where women gay have freedom. Where people have free opinion. Men dont marry with 4 women and Sell young daughters on marriage as soon as 23 yo. Israel hás been attacked first. Women where rapped baby burned alive. Israel is deffending them selfs. They are deffending our WAY of living. Of course its horrible what its happenning on Gaza . O can see children suffering but it is not the same simple thing as Rússia invading Ukraine . It’s a much much more complex problem . Sítio being naif about Hamas and Palestine

Sim
Sim
2 months ago

…while AzerBUYjan smiling and paying with bloody money.

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
2 months ago

I don’t think Israel should have to withdraw. They suffered a horrific terrorist attack and retaliated. I don’t like how strongly they have retaliated but it was hardly unprovoked.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Trocatroc

Palestinians have been treated like animals for decades. Arguably Hamas would say their actions were hardly unprovoked.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Trocatroc

H a m a s would argue they were hardly unprovoked

Palestinians have been treated like cattle for decades

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Way to excuse the murder of civilian innocents including children

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Eh… again, that could be argued by both sides. I personally am not excusing anything.

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I don’t care what a terrorist group has to say

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Trocatroc

Okay, but how do you ever hope to get a peace agreement? If the Qatari negotiators had that mindset, no hostages would have been released.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Also, how do you apply the label “terrorist”? Why is Bibi somehow protected or immune from ever being called one? Speaking of labels, why are those held by H a m a s called “hostages”, but those held by Israel are called “prisoners”? It seems that people have some image of what a terrorist looks like, and a well-spoken well-educated well-shaven man in a suit and tie is not it.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12706715/Ha mas-terrorist-billionaires-live-marble-floored-mansions.html

just delete the space between the h-word

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Sad.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Indeed. This side also wears expensive suits and ties. I’d even say the worst terrorists of our age are all impeccably dressed.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

don’t insult Israel please

Alon
Alon
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

You have no idea so better be silent.
Most Palestinians would prefer Israeli regime over the Hamas. Hamas is using the civilians as human shield and has no problem to sacrifice them all for his cause.
Terrorism should never win.
I guess you never been here so better be quite about things you have no idea if, just watching some stupid TV news channels that are not telling the truth, period.

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago

I Think We Should All Vote For Israel In May To Show Them We Stand With Them Despite The Palestinian Propaganda

Mark
Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Yuck, no

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

There comes Propaganda from Palestine, yes. But voting for Israel is not an option for me. I don’t want to support either of said countries as both are against the initial values of the ESC. I don’t get why so many scream “Free Palestine” :/

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

It’ll all come down to the song for me

Lera
Lera
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Definitely not.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

Netanyahu is our golden boy, he like a unicorn has the power to heal his country against bad people, they are all made of stars, and hopefully they can be feeling alive and they can party again soon

we love you Israel

Melo
Melo
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

There must be another way.

Maya G
Maya G
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

He is no a golden boy, more like a stupid boy. A huge majority here wants him gone asap.
Thanks for the love though, right back at you <3

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Maya G

Sending much love to ALL the victims of Bibi. Israelis included.

Koguma
Koguma
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Netanyahu is a golden boy? More like a gold-plated war criminal.

No, Israel should be expelled.

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Wow, -46

WESSEL
WESSEL
2 months ago

Let’s celebrate the day Palestine may be able to enter Eurovision as well – waving their flag high!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  WESSEL

that day will never happen lol, otherwise Faroe Islands also wants to enter eurovision, if we allow states into the contest

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

There was talk about that and it very well might be a thing soon!

Noam600
Noam600
2 months ago

They will have to show the Israeli performance.. a thing that they not going to do.. no matter what.. cause they hate Israel.. and that’s why they will never be part of Eurovision.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago
Reply to  WESSEL

They share no European values at all so why would they participate? I mean, Azerbaijan doesn’t either, but they like showing off.

Mark
Mark
2 months ago

Israel shares no European values either, what’s your point?

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  WESSEL

Please. No. Both countries don’t deserve a participation. Palestine wouldn’t enter for the same reason Hungary and Turkey aren’t in the competition anymore…

Maya G
Maya G
2 months ago
Reply to  WESSEL

I doubt the EBU would accept a broadcaster that airs children shows which encourage their young viewers to k!ll as many J3ws as possible.
But even if they do accept them as member, they would have to air the Israeli act, all the LGBTQ+ friendly content & other permissive acts – which is not something they’re likely to go along with.

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago
Reply to  WESSEL

Considering it an Islamist regime joining Eurovision probably not too high on their agenda. Same reason Iran and Afghanistan are yet to debut.

WESSEL
WESSEL
2 months ago
Reply to  WESSEL

I think some of the comments are missing my point. Palestine has a right to exist – Palestinians a rigt to a state of their own! Ever since 1948 and the Nakba.

jercle
jercle
2 months ago
Reply to  WESSEL

Way back in 2007, Kjell Ekholm, event producer of the 2007 contest and member of the reference group said he hoped to see Palestine in the contest very soon. Obviously, it hasn’t happened.

MERCURY
MERCURY
2 months ago

Let’s celebrate the day Palestine may be able to enter Eurovision as well waving their flag high!

Darren
Darren
2 months ago

Im boycotting Eurovision this year if Israel is allowed to participate.
We rightly expelled Russia, now we must do the same with Israel. They will no doubt submit a eurofan pandering “bop” but we must make a clear stand.
Eurofans must not live in their own little bubble and accept the participation of a state that openly declares gen0c1de, and is committing abhorrent crimes against humanity.
It is Palestine today, who will it be tomorrow?
I will not be watching.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Israel aren’t anywhere similar to Russia though

fighting terrorism is only a good thing

maybe i’m voting israel in May, if this hatred keeps getting worse

Darren
Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Saying it’s Israeli hatred is a lazy comeback. There videos out there in the public sphere of Nethanyahu openly calling for gen0c1de by quoting Amalek.
There’s also videos of chief rabbis, who’s also a military commander (but if a conflict of interest there) legitimising the r@pe of non Jewish women.
I mean it’s ALL there if you want to do a quick search for it, in fact I implore that you do.
However if you condone this, then go right ahead and vote for them, then I hope you can sleep easy at night.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

i am against terrorism so yeah, and at least i’m not antisemitic

Darren
Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Again saying I’m antisemitic is another lazy effort. Think we done here now.
Do better x

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

jewish people are a ethnic minority, and i rather choose the side of Israel over terrorists who are a threat to us all

Darren
Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Judaism is a religion, Israelis are an ethnic group, and they’re by no means a minority.
Again…do better.

A.V.K
A.V.K
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Actually, there are a lot of ethnic Arabs living in Israel and oviously etnic Jews they are both Israeli citizens but have different ethnicity, also being culturally Jewish doesn’t mean automatically you are religious.

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Israelis are citizens of the state of Israel. It is a nationality, not “an ethnic group.” A substantial minority of Israelis are Arabs living in the state of Israel. No ethnic homogeneity.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Both sides were affected. Either way whatever country you’re in shouldn’t be sending money or support to EITHER side. Put your country first!

Mark
Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Israel is killing Jews too. You’re aware of that?

Mark
Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

IDF is a terrorist organisation

Luk
Luk
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

And we will ignore what Palestine has been preaching for years and publishing on videos? What is their H*mas government doing?

Mark
Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

They kicked Belarus out for less.

Luk
Luk
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

This cannot be compared, Russia attacked for no reason, Israel has those reasons and serious ones

Darren
Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Luk

16,000 dead innocent civilians, 40% of them children does not compare.
Israel could have easily used elite Mossad units or US Seals in a Bin Laden style mission, rather than blowing up Refugee camps, UN schools and hospitals. It’s also a war crime to attack hospitals in a war zone under the Geneva Convention.

Darren
Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Israel could have easily used elite Mossad units or US Seals in a Bin Laden style mission, rather than blowing up Refugee camps, UN schools and hospitals. It’s also a war crime to attack hospitals in a war zone under the Geneva Convention.

Darren
Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

In addition let’s not forget the oppression and ill treatment that Palestinians receive on a daily basis, in Gaza AND the West Bank even before October 7th. This didn’t just start on that day as the deluded and misguided seem to believe it did.

Luk
Luk
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Hiding behind civilians is also a war crime and that’s what they do. The special operation would work if the H*mass members were few, but there are thousands

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Bruh, do you really believe in H4m4s’s inflated figures? I mean, of course there’s Palestinian civilian victims, as they’re used by H4m4s as human shields, though

Nilleno
Nilleno
2 months ago
Reply to  Luk

Russia claimed to be fighting terrorism and Na*is in Ukraine. Look at the new ?
And please do not bring religion into the conversation. I’m a Jew outside of Israel… But that does not cloud my judgment when I see millions of civilians being denied water and bombed overnight.
Killing ain’t right. Not for Ukrainians, not for Russians, not for Israeli and not for Palestinian.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Good job for you for sticking to your values for once! I think we should expel every who uses Eurovision to play politics. That includes countries at war. If someone complains, get rid of BOTH participating countries on a war so that the victim doesn’t deliberately get sympathy points. Music first! The nation can always apply for EBU membership or a chance to participate three to five years later or years after when the conflict has ended!

Nils
Nils
2 months ago

So you would expel Ukraine because they committed the ‘crime’ of being invaded? You’ve got to be kidding me.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

An Irish withdraw was overdue anyways, bye Felicia

Darren
Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Respecting others opinions instead of resorting to that style of comment would serve you well in the future Yuarith
Thank u, next

jercle
jercle
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Unfortunately, you’re right in your third sentence. If Israel sends a girl bop with a dance break, a sizeable portion of the fandom will be screaming “YASSSSSSS QUEEN”, as will many of the writers here.

Darren
Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

Unfortunately this is true. The usual overuse of the expression slay queen” will be so fitting and apt this year though.
They are literally slaying.

MERCURY
MERCURY
2 months ago

Let’s celebrate the day Palestine will be able enter the contest and wave their flag high!

rainer1
rainer1
2 months ago
Anyone who supports world peace must support the liberation of Gaza from H4m4s
Gaga
Gaga
2 months ago

Ban Azerbaijan too

Maya G
Maya G
2 months ago

God I wish I had half the confidence of all these privileged Europeans writing so decisively about things they obviously know nothing about.

Nicolas
Nicolas
2 months ago

ESC is becoming a farce. Political contest, real live almost disappearing. It’s not Israel that should be boycotted but the contest in general in what it was turned since the last 10 years : rigged running order, hidden backsingers now becoming prerecorded etc. etc.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Ukraine should not have won a few years ago!

Blood
Blood
2 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Not to mention the televoting numbers that are not properly revealed ever

Maya G
Maya G
2 months ago
Reply to  Blood

According to the EBU the televoting figures aren’t revealed because knowing how many people vote in each country would make it easier to rig the televote in some countries, and does make sense.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Maya G

I’m not buying that. We can all guess that smaller countries have a smaller amount of televotes. And that Malta is more amenable to striking a deal with Azerbaijan than Germany is. It’s just an excuse to avoid transparency. Maybe they also feel that the numbers in some countries are potentially embarrassing to their brand.

Maya G
Maya G
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Well, you can guess that smaller countries have a smaller amount of televotes but smaller than what? You don’t have data on any of the countries. You don’t know whether the Maltese/Icelandic/Cypriot public sends 1,000,000 or 200,000 or 20,000 or 5,000 votes. Knowing the exact number of votes in each country (and having the year by year data of it) could help cheaters go under the radar. If you want to cheat in a country you have to vote enough so that your country gets the most votes, but not too many votes because if one country gets a huge… Read more »

Darren
Darren
2 months ago

Will be boycotting Eurovision this year. Russia was rightly excluded from participating due to their invasion of Ukraine, Israel should also be excluded due to their invasion of Gaza, and the countless daily war crimes that they have been committing since. An absolute travesty! And to the Eurofans who disagree, on the basis that they send bops every year, take a good long hard look at yourselves. Hope you can remain wrapped up in your bubble listening to Toy and shouting how you have the power of a unicorn while Israel bombs hospitals, schools and homes, while children are horrifically… Read more »

Felix
Felix
2 months ago

Banning one country for invasion but not another for ongoing genocide is ridiculous. The EBU deserves all the protest and boycott it will get. I hope every single national broadcaster feels the pressure. As a Norwegian, I hope NRK is called on to make a real statement. I hope every single “non-political” Eurovision fan is unable to enjoy the contest because of constant protest. I hope every day until May is nothing but politics and misery, so that you can see the EBU made this political by approving genocide. Some things are more important than a song contest.

Frisian esc
2 months ago

To be fair is that news? It would be news if they refused to compete. This is basically the status quo along with the other 35 countries

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

This comment section is making me lose brain cells…

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Two words can summarise wiwibloggs: “Eurofans” and “Wiwibloggs”.

Geston
Geston
2 months ago

Fun fact: SVT’s very own Melodifestivalen is sponsored by Marabou (their logo is shown right before Final starts) and it STILL operates in R ssia.

Välkommen till Sverige!

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Geston

One more reason to hate Melodifestivalen lmao

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Geston

omg i love Melfest now!!!!!

Vivian
Vivian
2 months ago

I have seen that KAN and Keshet 12 are using their artist selection to promote their military during their artist selection show HaKokhav HaBa, and I think that is absolutely not okay, and very much goes against the spirit of Eurovision which is supposed to be about celebrating unity and peace through song. It’s not per se a direct link to Eurovision given it’s just a pre-selection show to pick only the artist, as has been the case in prior years, but that’s no excuse to promote this kind of stuff in a way like this and inevitably connect it… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Vivian

Is it in every episode you’ve seen or just the first one? That could get them in trouble.

Alo
Alo
2 months ago
Reply to  Vivian

This is bullsh*t

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago

Honestly I love that for them

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Who Are You And Why Are You Prerending To Be Me

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

You know that your profile pic is random until you connect WordPress and Gravitar, right? This is your new all time low.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  ECD534

Bejba, it’s kajna crazy, how else to phrase it? 😉

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

bejba being crazy with their behaviour towards LGBTQ, the contest and basically everything that’s not matching their opinion is nothing new but it would be a krayza coincidence if the imposter would have the same profile pic

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  ECD534

The Impostre Used My Email

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

And how did they got your Email adress?

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  ECD534

Im Not Homophobic Im Not Afraid Of Gays Just Annoyed/Disgusted

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

And why are you annoyed by gay men? What did we do to you?

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

I Dont Agree With This Nonsence

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

Of course EBU will stay silent about it and do absolutely nothing. So of course Israel will take part in May And of course their artist will be booed while tearfully giving us bs sob stories about how she in no ways represent the government.
The only way is to boycott. Dont vote for them! Dont buy from products and companies that do business in Israel or support their military! It worked for Russia. .

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

it worked indeed FOR Russia, not against. We, the West, are still buying their oil and gas, only through intermediaries and for much more expensive prices. The only one this is actually working for is the US military industrial complex.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

rxzzia’s been getting worse since the war started too, at this point they depend mostly on Iranian drones

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Eisenhower warned us of the military industrial complex over 60 years ago, but nobody listened. Sad. https://youtu.be/_cNW52LT63c?si=SLwROWFSkUutFCKR

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Oops, that is Ricchi e Poveri. Here is President Eisenhower, for those interested. https://youtu.be/SEGpTu8sVKI?si=he5biyBpVE8N9CcJ

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Maybe someone can write catchy lyrics about Eisenhower’s message to a Ricchi e Poveri tune and then people will listen.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Step up, San Marino.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Omg this totally feels like a San Marino job. Ralph Siegel needs to change a few chords and it could be eligible for Eurovision.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Serge Gainsbourg wrote a catchy song about nuclear war for Monaco, in 1967. No doubt Herr Siegel could do it better, though.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

America needs to start putting AMERICA FIRST!!

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

That would mean boycotting the whole contest, as it is sponsored by MoroccanOil. An Israeli company, probably the whole reason that the EBU are keeping Israel in.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

rightfully so, Israel add a lot of music quality to the contest as well, otherwise we would only have way too westernized music

they have their own identity in the contest, same as Australia, maybe we should also invite New Zealand soon, or USA

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Oh! That makes a LOT of sense now…

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
2 months ago

So apparently not just Ireland but also Iceland are having internal discussions if they should withdraw while Israel is still in! Wiwibloggs, please reach out to those countries’ broadcasters for comment!!

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

It baffles me to see a lot of people actually believing H4m4s’s inflated figures, and also the fact that most people ignore that H4m4s is the one using civilians as human shields in the first place

ESCTwink
ESCTwink
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Yeah I mean very tactical to put your base under a hospital with the most vulnerable because then your like well they can’t hit us here as it’ll make them look bad. It really irritates me and makes my blood boil that those on the left will ignorantly and blatantly take a blind eye to Hamas, Hamas are terrorists not freedom fighters, also if your lgbt why support an islamic side that will no doubt be homophobic.

Emanuel
Emanuel
2 months ago

WOW so many in the comments has swallowed the western propaganda, i stopped believing in the media outlet about a week in to the war…it is ridiculous how the media is trying to get people on Israels side on this..feel sick to my stomach… no Israel should be banned to participate 2024! They have committed war crimes worse than Russia and therefore just like Russia and even Belarus get suspended from participating. If they participate then EBU is ok with apartheid and racism.

Shush
Shush
2 months ago

From what i’m seeing in this comment section, I urge many of you to DO YOUR RESEARCH. Most of you guys on Isr*els side look hilariously stupid as you have no idea what you are talking about

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Shush

Ok H4m4s enabler

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Ok g3n0cid3 enabler

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

Ok Arab settler colonialism enabler

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

The irony of this comment lmao

Devito
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

“As a result, the entire nation was made to wander in the desert for 40 years, until almost the entire generation of men had died.” That’s Joshua 5:6 for you. Anna Karenina is indeed correct stating the irony in your comment. You came to the lands of Palestine and colonized, it was never Palestinians who came settled in your lands because you had no land – you were banished from Egypt. Facts from your own sacral fairytales.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Devito

But there is a third way! Israel and Palestine belong to Christ!!!!

Devito
2 months ago

If only 1947-1949 did not happen, yes, but now it is pure populism when the lack of arguments appear.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Devito

I didn’t say Jews were indigenous to the land, though. That land is no man’s land, if we go down that path. The point is, Arabs have 21 states and Jews only have one (not to mention that there used to be sizeable Jewish communities on most Arab states until the 40s)

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  Shush

How about we don’t support both sides of terrorism? Is that possible in this world…?

Shush
Shush
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Thank you mother teresa for telling me that killing people is bad. But realistically that gets us nowhere, and frankly, calling p@lestine terrorists is extremely shortsighted

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

finally someone who agrees that both israel and the state of palestine are pure trash

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Benjamin Netanyahu is the villain here. He HATES public television. He’s already shut down IBA, and wants to do the same with Kan. I can understand a union of broadcasters wanting to stand with one of their own, it is what unions are for.

Just putting that out there as an argument for letting Israel stay, not necessarily that I agree with it.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Wasn’t the Russian channel a public broadcaster, too?

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Arguably no, because Russia is not a democracy. Putin turned it into his own personal propaganda machine, it suits him to keep it open. Whereas Bibi wants to shut down Kan because he is afraid of it.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Fair enough. Although I would argue that probably quite a number of the remaining participating broadcasters are being used as propaganda machines of sorts. Not just AliyevTV.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Indeed he is, he knew about H4m4s’s plan a year in advance and let it happen to “legitimate” himself

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Can you back that up with evidence, please?

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

There’s a major New York Times article that came out four days ago that reported on this. It’s titled “Israel Knew H4m4s’s Attack Plan More Than a Year Ago”. Look it up.

Alo
Alo
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

Then they posted they are sorry for writing it.

Alo
Alo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s fake don’t pay attention to him

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I too have heard this story. I believe it because of the cover up that happened aboard a US ship in the 1980s. It was sunk by the Israeli navy but was NEVER talked about. Israel are pulling Europe, America and the West’s strings. They have multiple pressure groups in other countries and near positions of power. Just look at the ‘Friends of Israel’ group in British politics! Almost all ‘Conservative’ party members. Not one is saying ‘we need to focus on our own country for a change’. We’re sick and tired of people having ‘special interests’ since the Iraq… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

“Israel are pulling Europe, America and the West’s strings”

I know it is a word that gets thrown unfairly at some critics of Israel, but in this case, what you say really does reek of old school anti-semitism. Be careful where you get your “news” from, or else you will end up radicalized. Please.

Alo
Alo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

No that is not what happened .
IBA was too old and unrelevant so they replaced it with KAN.

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
2 months ago

Wiwibloggs, please reach out to RTE to confirm if it’s true what’s going around about Ireland, that they’re threatening to pull out if Israel participates

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

Ireland is a hot mess since that Algerian mf stabbed toddlers out of a school in Dublin

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

Probably an excuse for not putting us through even more embarrassment

Jack
Jack
2 months ago

A bunch of eurofans who has no life wants a country to be banned for a conflict that’s many years long, lol let’s move on

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Exactly So Russia Should Be Inwited Back Yes ?

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

No. You should get a life instead.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Ladies first.

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago

Israel was attaked and has every right to defend itself. If you ban them you’d need to ban Ukraine and Armenia.

H4ms are ter. ror. ists and Israel has every right to wipe out H4ms, just as the west collectively wiped out IS IS.
Casualties are from H4ms using civilian infrastructure for military purposes, using human shields, and even shoting Gaz ans who try to flee.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

I totally agree and I hope they wipe those Islamic terrorist scumbags out to the last one but the problem is that the Israeli president is far from innocent. The millions of people who went to protest against him on the streets know that. He’s a psychopath and he loves war.

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Not a defence of their leadership at all. But Geert Wilders is likely to be PM of Netherlands in May 2024 after the recent election, but I wouldn’t ban them either. Italy also has a leader from the right.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

As does UK.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Fishi Rishi isn’t right wing at all!

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

As far as I know, Wilders and Meloni haven’t killed anyone yet. This is not about the so-called right.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

At least not directly.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

Wilders isn’t too bad though, we need to stop the migration problem, too many refugees is bad

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

My only problem with him is that he’s pro-Russia

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Isaac Herzog is the Israeli president. I take it you mean Bibi?

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Correction: Prime minister. Of course, I meant the prime minister.

Shush
Shush
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

yep casual islamophobia is absolutely okay!

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Shush

There is nothing casual about Islamic terrorists. Islamic fundamentalist terror is a fact, not a phobia.

Shush
Shush
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Absolutely not true. The blatant generalisation of muslims in your speech is concerning. If i said that we should wipe out the Jewish scumbags of Isr*el would that not be antisemitism?

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Shush

The comment from Azuro I was responding to spoke specially about H a m a s terrorists. Please stop twisting my words.

Shush
Shush
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

u just didn’t have to mention the fact they were muslim tho? The fact that you put my religion next to the words t*errorism and scumbags tells me all i need to know about what u think of muslims.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Shush

I correctly called them what they are and what they’re called in pretty much all the media out there. They are terrorizing in the name of your so-called religion.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Shush

Most Muslims are Westphobic tho

Shush
Shush
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

And why do you think that is? Name one country in the middle east that has not been destroyed by western colonialism. Western governments thinking they are fixing the world by eliminating muslims and arabs and you think that is bad that we are angry at them?

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Shush

Muslims hate Mexico and Mexico has practically ignored them all the time lol

Shush
Shush
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

no we don’t lol??? who told you that?

Devito
2 months ago
Reply to  Shush

“And why do you think that is?” Is this supposed to be a justification of Westphobia? I’m surprised then why are you shocked to see many Europeans and Americans becoming less and less tolerant of Islamic fundamentalists who come to the West as asylum seekers just to massively kill them later on. I’d say the West is waking up short, too many fundamentalists were let in, integrations didn’t work, it’s time for them to be sent home with a one-way ticket.

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Shush

Well, Lebanon for instance was better off when it still was under French control, wasn’t it? Still talking about colonialism when neither you nor your parents witnessed it is kind of a lazy excuse.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

The consequences of colonialism live on LONG after the troops have moved out.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Indeed, Assyrians, Kurds and Amazigh people still struggle with Arab rule

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

I mean you tried, but all regular people know and realised what Israel is doing and what machinery stands behind them. It was even reported by New York Times that Israeli government knew for the attack. And btw did West really wipe out ISIS? Literally the Israeli government is most right-wing government of Israel in history and you’re still shamelessly trying to hide Israeli responsibility. Even American leaders expressed their concerns. Israel broke international law.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

That’s the thing. Bibi saw this attack as a blessing for him personally and as a means to stay in power at any cost. He doesnt care about human lives, on either side.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

Ban Armenia but not Ban Azerbaijan? In all for banning nations in wars but ban the aggressor first!

Sim
Sim
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

are you f… serious? Armenia for what? Because they suffered ethnic cleansing while the world remained silent, lost their historical lands, witnessed the destruction of historical monuments, and being abused on its own territory every single day by a despotic leader with three brain cells buying half of Europe with oil? Really?

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
2 months ago

Apparently they’re saying on Twitter that Ireland is already threatening to pull out if Israel participates. Any official statement from RTE?

rainer1
rainer1
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

Fakenews!

voix
voix
2 months ago

So fascinating to see a number of the fandom members to be politically sensitive and demand actions the same time they were posting collages of tix and efendi, someone who was applauding her countries military invasion to Armenia. Let alone screaming for Noa Kirel last year. Delayed sensitivity that absolutely means nothing

Brian
Brian
2 months ago
Reply to  voix

Exactly.

Sim
Sim
2 months ago
Reply to  voix

EXACTLY!!! thank you for raising awareness.

grft
grft
2 months ago

They acted pretty differently about Russia, if I can remember. Hypocritical.

Adryan
Adryan
2 months ago
Reply to  grft

You know why? Because Russia and Israel are two different countries, acting in two different ways. Why would the consequences be the same?

Maya G
Maya G
2 months ago
Reply to  grft

It’s as if these are two very different countries, in two different situations.
BTW in case you didn’t know, Put!n is supporting the Pal3stinians and the Ukrainian government is standing with Israel

Rall
Rall
2 months ago

I’m guessing there will be giant protests in Malmo if Israel is allowed to compete given the large Muslim population that lives there. I fear this will be another Eurovision year shrouded in war controversy.

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago
Reply to  Rall

Hopefully Sweden and the West know not to give into intimidation from Islamists.

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago

Coward Norway , Just What We Espekted .

Oy oy
Oy oy
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

What country are you from? Is your own country officially supporting banning Israel?

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Why So You Can Stalck Me ? Yeah Right In Not Telling You Where Im From But My Country Is Against Izrael

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

What does telling your country and stalking have to do with each other?

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Culooooon culitoooooo!

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Norway is acting cowardly because they let in too many migrants that literally cause chaos every time the government does something even remotely anti-muslim. Now they have to walk on their own eggshells. The irony.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

And my country (Mexico) is going that same way too fast, ever since Andrés López (the current president) opened the borders in 2018

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

You agree with Donald Trump when he says the US should build a wall at your border, then?

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I hate the guy, but yeah, he was right about that (of course in the typical ignorant American fashion), the thing is he didn’t do sh*t about it when he was president

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
2 months ago

Norway, do what’s right. Be on the right side of history.
Israel needs to go!

Adryan
Adryan
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

Nope!

Nils
Nils
2 months ago

What’s up with all the antisemitism in Scandinavia lately? Why, for instance, would NRK single Israel out, yet not mention Azerbaijan?