The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has issued a statement condemning the abuse of artists set to compete at Eurovision 2024.

With the war in Gaza ongoing, many of this year’s acts have faced calls to boycott the contest following the EBU’s decision to allow Israel to compete.

In the statement, Eurovision organisers note the artists themselves have no role in the decision over Israel’s participation, and should therefore not be subject to unfair harassment on the matter.

You can read the statement in full below.

 
 
 
 
 
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EBU statement on abuse and harassment of Eurovision 2024 artists

Jean Philip De Tender, Deputy Director General of the EBU, says:

“The European Broadcasting Union acknowledges the depth of feeling and the strong opinions that this year’s Eurovision Song Contest – set against the backdrop of a terrible war in the Middle East – has provoked. We understand that people will want to engage in debate and express their deeply held views on this matter. We have all been affected by the images, stories and the unquestionable pain suffered by those in Israel and in Gaza.

However, we wish to address the concerns and discussions surrounding this situation, especially the targeted social media campaigns against some of our participating artists.

The decision to include any broadcaster, including the Israeli’ broadcaster Kan, in the Eurovision Song Contest is the sole responsibility of the EBU’s governing bodies and not that of the individual artists. These artists come to Eurovision to share their music, culture, and the universal message of unity through the language of music.

The EBU has previously explained the reasoning for the inclusion of KAN and the differences between them as an independent broadcaster and previous participants who were excluded. Constructive debate is a positive consequence of such decisions.

However, while we strongly support freedom of speech and the right to express opinions in a democratic society, we firmly oppose any form of online abuse, hate speech, or harassment directed at our artists or any individuals associated with the contest. This is unacceptable and totally unfair, given the artists have no role in this decision.

The EBU is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for all participants, staff, and fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. We will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to promote the values of respect, inclusivity, and understanding, both online and offline.

We urge everyone to engage in respectful and constructive dialogue and support the artists who are working tirelessly – on what is a music and entertainment show – to share their music with the world.”

Additionally, the EBU has published a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Israeli participation at Eurovision 2024.

Why is Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest?

The Israeli public service broadcaster has been a member of the EBU since 1957 and has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for 50 years.

The Eurovision Song Contest remains a non-political event that unites audiences around the world through music.

Why is Israel still a Member of the EBU when Russia was suspended?

As a non-political organization, the EBU’s role is to support public service broadcasters throughout Europe and the Middle East.

The Israel public service broadcaster has been a member of the EBU for over 60 years. The Russian public service broadcasters had their EBU membership suspended in 2022 due to consistent breaches of membership obligations and the violation of public service media values.

Why is the Israeli entry eligible to compete?

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) can confirm that the official submission from its Israeli Member Kan has been deemed eligible to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

The Contest’s Reference Group, its governing board, made the decision to accept the song ‘Hurricane’ for the upcoming competition after careful scrutiny of the lyrics.

It was agreed that ‘Hurricane’ met the necessary criteria for participation in accordance with the rules of the competition.

Will there be more security than usual this year, because of the fact the Israel is competing?

We take the safety of attendees and staff at the Eurovision Song Contest very seriously. We continue to work closely with SVT, the City of Malmö City, Malmö Arena, the local Police and other law enforcement agencies and feel confident in being able to create a safe event for all participants and visitors in May.

How will the EBU react if there are protests in Malmö?

The EBU is a firm advocate for freedom of speech and the right for people to express their deeply held views and opinions. We understand that people may wish to make their voices heard and support the right of those who wish to demonstrate peacefully.

What does the EBU think about the fact that many people have said they will boycott Eurovision this year, because Israel is allowed to compete?

We understand the concerns and deeply held views around the current conflict in the Middle East but the Eurovision Song Contest’s values of universality, inclusivity and celebrating diversity through music have never been more important. Hundreds of millions around the world share those values and engaged with the event on television and online in 2023. We look forward to being “United By Music” again this year.

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EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago

I see the hate here, normaly by 3-4 fans, who are downvoted consistently.
I think that all fans who support Israel should vote for us so these horrible haters will shut their mouth forever!

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago
Reply to  EscIL

Hell will freeze over before anyone civilized would ever vote for your travesty of a so called country. Enjoy your christmas light in the sky courtesy of your neighbours.

israeli pov
israeli pov
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

we did enjoy to see all the “Christmas light “, fail to reach us 🙂

sending you love …its for free, try it once.

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

I will vote for Eden Golan and Israel.
The most beautiful song this year, with a deep meaning.

Sierri
1 month ago
Reply to  EscIL

I thought it wasn’t fair to allow Israel to compete but they’re competing whether I like it or not so I’m not going to sit back and pretend she doesn’t have one of the best vocals and songs, in my opinion

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago

this eurovision will be ruined by isla..mists, pro pale..etinians and by idio..ts like you!
no offence,but what are you defending? the radical and brutal isl..am??

esc_fl
esc_fl
1 month ago
Reply to  EscIL

That awkward moment when you realize there are more Christian Palestinians than Christian Israelis and that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Palestine.

Nadiia
Nadiia
25 days ago
Reply to  esc_fl

The jewish Jesus (if he existed) was born in Beitlehem, according to the book.
According to history books, archeology and excavations Beit Lehem was a Jewish village in Judea around the year 0.
Around the year 0 the name Palestina was not even invented by the Romans.

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

This Eurovision is ruined by Israel’s inclusion. The EBU have brought the conest into disrepute by their inclusion. Expect the protests in Malmo to ramp up as the weeks get closer.

Jak
Jak
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Israel’s participation to Eurovision creates a buzz almost every year and no sovereign state in this planet deserves such treatment in my opinion. In 2019, some Eurovision fans were whining 7/24 about Israel organising the contest in Tel Aviv. There were constant rumours about how unsafe would it be a Eurovision held in Israel, that the show could have been cancelled at anytime. The funny thing is that, for me, that Eurovision 2019 was organised smoothly and the supposedly “peaceful” Rotterdam 2020 was cancelled instead. Overall, in my personal opinion, Eurovision is not ruined by Israel’s participation because they were… Read more »

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Jak

You are making an unjust comparison with the peacefull Rotterdam cancellation in 2020 as that was due to the Covid crisis and not for t3rror treads.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago

I hope our friends in Israel can stay safe tonight, with everything now happening.

Peace for all people living in the region is so urgently needed. Praying for a ceasefire.

Adrián
Adrián
1 month ago

The hypocrisy,xenophobia and racism of (rightfully) banning Russia and not Israel is too much. If Israel doesn’t step out I hope it gets booed into oblivion.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrián

They are facing other things heading their way besides boos 2nite!!

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  FizzPunk

People need to stop hating each other, and find solutions.

Adrián
Adrián
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Is not hate, is the right thing to do. I hope Israel can come back into ESC as peaceful nation soon, same for Russia.

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrián

israel wants peace but the other side is brutal,,, learn some history!

Adrián
Adrián
1 month ago
Reply to  EscIL

Hard to belive after k1lling 13,000 children in 6 months.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Thats what I said indeed.

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrián

obviously you know nothing of the conflict and how brutal is our enemy

Moses
Moses
1 month ago

who ever that didnt understand that p@alestinians = h@m@s= ir@n…well now you know…good morning

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Moses

Head for the shelters tonite my friends.
Good morning Saigon.

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  FizzPunk

you are so evil!!

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  EscIL

Evil of him, indeed. And sad too.

Love to all the Israelis here.
Glad that Iran’s massive attack was not very succesful last night.
Love

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  FizzPunk

Fizzpunk – 18 hours ago <

So last night, in the middle of the night, Fizzpunk sits there somewhere in the Netherlands, watching the news of the 300+ kamikaze drones and m1ssiles f1red at Israel, and the first thing he does is going to Wiwibloggs to wish the 5 Israeli Eurovision fans here a happy Good Morning Vietnam…
???

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelina

I hope you remember who was Robbie Williams, outing this quote??.
I just wished all israeli peoples they could hide in the shelters for this big attack.

Its also sad you only want to read what you wanna read. Small minded minions.

And that you dont take any excuse left behind bashing peoples with a different opinion than yours.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Moses

Iran has right to defend itself.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

All sides have the right to defend themselves. All sides have the responsibility to exercise restraint.

Raul
Raul
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Lol. . From who ? Did Israel shot against Iran on their country

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Raul

Yes, yes they did. They killed 7 iranian personel in bombing iranian embassy in Syria. Embassies are sovereign soil of the country. Therefore Israel attacked Iran.

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

iran=humus=hezballah
what are you defending for God’s sake??

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  EscIL

Robert just states the facts. Israel admitted in international media this week they underestimated the attack on the iranian embassy in Syria.

Salmon the sardine
Salmon the sardine
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

By that logic, H@itler had to defend himself. lol

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

I see u skipped logic classes in high school or you guys didnt have logic as a subject.

Salmon the sardine
Salmon the sardine
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Maybe you skipped history classes?

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

your neighbours soon with their peaceful religion

Boozyfloozy69
Boozyfloozy69
1 month ago

Whatever this year has such a crappy nasty dark cloud over it!

The EBU care only about money the Moroccan Oil sponsor brings that much is crystal clear with their pathetic double standards

Boo
Boo
1 month ago

Why don’t we just skip all the politics and just directly saying abuses stuff at one another. That is basic what most of the people on here wants.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Boo

What most people here want is Israel being held accountable same way Russia was.

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

That’s rubbish, cause Russia was not attacked, Ukraine doesn’t want to kill all Russians.

Tony
Tony
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

No. Absolutely not. Some eurofans maybe. But not “normal” people, who watch the contest to have an entertaining and funny evening. Israel didn’t start the war.

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

not @most people@ only the louder and agressive ones are heard

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

I feel sorry for Norway and Estonia who have to go on before and after the baby killers. Can you imagine the insane security detail? It will ruin the experience for Gate and 5miinust Puuluup.

Boo
Boo
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

What are you taking about? Are you crazy?

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

H4M 4S aren’t in Eurovision so no need to worry about any baby killers on stage

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Azuro

What Palestinnians have is thousand of videos of Israhell killing babies. What Israhellis have is one debunked story about be-aheding babies.

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

i saw the movies of what happened filmed by ha..m..as so don’t ever deny what happened!!

Tony
Tony
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

You really should think before you write.

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

you are mental….

CarlosM
CarlosM
1 month ago

If you don’t like the EBU’s decision, join the millions who don’t care about ESC and don’t watch. Simple as that. You not watching is not going to hurt anyone. You’ll be joined by millions in China, the US, Canada, Japan, India, Belize, and elsewhere who don’t care about ESC.

Robbie
Robbie
1 month ago
Reply to  CarlosM

Well said Carlos! Being saying the same for weeks.

esc_fl
esc_fl
1 month ago
Reply to  CarlosM

Where did you get Belize from? XD

CarlosM
CarlosM
1 month ago
Reply to  esc_fl

Was just picking random non-ESC countries.

Seddik
Seddik
1 month ago

Israel should’ve been banned. There should be no place for countries with genocidal regimes at a celebration of unity like Eurovision. I hope they get eliminated in the semis so they’ll at least not poison the final with their presence.

Jaimey
Jaimey
1 month ago
Reply to  Seddik

You mean as you poison this thread with hatred and under the presence of being a “peaceful esc fan”…

Boo
Boo
1 month ago
Reply to  Seddik

Pathetic

Tony
Tony
1 month ago
Reply to  Seddik

Please grow up

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  Seddik

your religion is the real killers

vetrina
vetrina
1 month ago

I just hope Iran would pay Israhell with the same coin!

Jaimey
Jaimey
1 month ago
Reply to  vetrina

Or perhaps Iran pays your country, just as violent muslim organizations already take control of entire areas all over Europe especially Malmo. You’re next, good luck.

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaimey

You really have the audacity to say Muslims are violent when Israel has sadistically murdered more than 40 thousand people and displaced 2 million G*az*ans. If anyone is next its Jews.

Yuarith
Yuarith
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

You know H4m 4ss and allies intend to “wipe out Israel and all infidels from the face of earth,” right?

Jaimey
Jaimey
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Says the one with audacity to try to be a proxy for another’s pro-t comment to support Iran, while stupiditly falsifying my words when I reffered to specific violent groups excuses on “behalf of Islam”, falsifying and just ignorant to actually 20,000+ Palestinians which include militant-children and between 6000-12000 of those 20,000 killed being H@am@a-t and adding for desert your actual anti-sentiment for Jews. “Congratulations” for your “clever” comment. A song contest is a beautiful thing, then again in every treasure there’s some dirt and sh.. in the firm of supposed “humanitarian activists” and “esc fans” who eventually spread toxicness… Read more »

Salmon the sardine
Salmon the sardine
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Name one Muslim country which is democratic. Name one terror attack in Europe that wasn’t by the name of Allah.
Not all arabs are terrorists but in this century all terror attacks are from Muslims.

Robbie
Robbie
1 month ago
Reply to  vetrina

Did you actually write that publicly? You should be ashamed of yourself and there is certainly no place for comments like that on here. You never mind Israel being banned, you and every other person making poisonous and hate-filled comments should be banned from Wiwibloggs : you’re not wanted and you certainly won’t be missed. Just leave us true fans to get on with enjoying our beloved contest for what it is : a bit of fun!

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  vetrina

soon at your door step!!!

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

EBU, we firmly oppose the abuse and harrasement the Pa1est1nians have recieved since 1948 at the hands of the demonic state of Israel.

Jaimey
Jaimey
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Sweetie, the abuse and harrasement comes from bored haters as yourself, give it a rest already.

Bejba
Bejba
1 month ago

Where Was This Statement During Eurowisions 2013,2014,2015 2017,2018 When Fans Were Cruel Towards Russian Representives ? Tolmachevy Sistres Are TramaTized From The Treatment During The Eurowision By Fans , It Was Just Disgusting To Treat Young Girls Like That .
And What For Polina Gagarina Who Is Booed Before She Even Steps To Preform ??? EBU Just Pretends Like It Didnt Happen And Cower It With Applause , Its Disgusting Hipocrisy That Izrael Gets Special Treatment And Defending

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  Bejba

Putina Gagarina deserved every single of those boo’s

Bejba
Bejba
1 month ago
Reply to  Sometimes

Just Like Eden Deserve To Be Booed And Eskorted Off The Stage . She Doesnt Belong Here Represents Evil

Robbie
Robbie
1 month ago
Reply to  Bejba

What a stupid thing to say about a talented young girl. She’s representing nothing but music, and with a very good song may I add!! All she’s doing is living her best life and singing in Eurovision for Gods sake. I’m telling you, you’re heading into dangerous territory making such accusations – leave the poor girl alone and perhaps take a leaf out your own book : your comments are neither helpful nor warranted and are pure evil towards a young girl!

euroboy
euroboy
1 month ago

What I am most furious about in this situation is that the calls for the show to be cancelled or stage invaded comes from vast majority of protesters and ‘fans’ that haven’t even watched the last 3 editions of the competition. Basically people that barely have any relation to Eurovision whose main occupation is to hate anything on social media these days. Various people have different opinions, I am also not fond of Israel’s participation, but I wouldn’t ever threaten to someone or try to undermine the whole show as a fan. I don’t think it’s fair. In the past… Read more »

Eurovisionary
Eurovisionary
1 month ago
Reply to  euroboy

World is full of errors the past and the present, just too much for the time to erase it, it will carry on to the future

Rory
Rory
1 month ago

It’s interesting that no-one had an issue with Russian participants having to suffer for the actions of their country for years (prior to the war with Ukraine) were happy to ban them immediately etc. but now suddenly everyone is so concerned about how the artist shouldn’t be taken to represent the country etc.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

Say it louder for the people in the back.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

Clapping my hands just now.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Amsterdam joins in CLAPPING!!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

I always hated that the Tomalchevy sisters were booed to tears, Polina too… then as soon as Sergei came along, it was all forgotten.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

It was self-defeating, and embarrassing. Stupid. Humanity first!

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

The spectators in the Colosseum in Rome also want to see more…………….eeh blood, onslaught, and drama!!
More theatre!!

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago

Obviously Eden Golan is just a girl who wants to sing; it’s totally wrong for any abuse to be be directed at her. However, Israel should not be participating this year, just as Palestine wouldn’t be if they were a recognised state led by Hamas. Having a party and pretending that all is fine while the people pushing this entry are murdering innocent people and taking their victims’ land should make everyone uncomfortable. If it doesn’t, there’s something wrong with you.

Dean
Dean
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Didn’t you hear? MoH just admitted to faking 11K of the 30K they claimed.

Adrián
Adrián
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

I fully agree. Other option would be letting Israeli and Russian artists to participate but not representing their country, as they do in the Olympic games.

"Music first"
"Music first"
1 month ago

Good answers from EBU

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Any dutchies that want to go to Amsterdam pre-party this Saturday? My friend is sick so I’m giving away her ticket.

Robbie
Robbie
1 month ago

You know what? I have my own personal opinions on Israel’s participation – but, nobody is going to listen to little me, regardless of my views and my husband and I have decided that we’re just going to head to Malmo and enjoy Eurovision week as we always do! Do I like the song, yes I think it’s one of the strongest this year. Do I think it’ll win – doubt it and I hope not purely because it’ll cause huge divide amongst the fans. My advice to all my fellow fans – please, please just enjoy the contest for… Read more »

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Robbie

Thank you, that’s what we Israelis think.
People should just enjoy the songs and focus on the music, not the politics…
If someone feels like it doesn’t suit them we compete, instead of spreading hate, just don’t watch it!
Have fun in Malmo! May your favourite do well or even win 😛

Robbie
Robbie
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

My favourite hasn’t won since I first started watching in 1982 – and I don’t think it’ll change this year : I’m loving Portugal but I doubt she’ll even qualify, let alone win! Thanks for your kind comments. Shalom x

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Robbie

Sorry but not everyone wants to burry their head in the sand and pretand that a participating country is not commiting genocide because ”jUsT eNJoy The SHoW”. I will rather watch eurovision burn down and never to be held again than be ignorant to all that is happening. And I’ve been following it since ’97, religiously since ’04.

Robbie
Robbie
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

But it IS just about the songs and the fun, nothing else. I’m certainly not burying my head in the sand, I can assure you. However, your personal thoughts (which you’re more than entitled to have) are not helpful, and like I said in my initial post – if you’re so unhappy with the EBU’s decision on KANs participation, then simply don’t watch and perhaps remove yourself from any Eurovision related websites – that way the rest of us can get on with enjoying our beloved contest for what it is – a bit of fun and happiness in these… Read more »

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Robbie

No.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Or you could set yourself on fire to show your protest. Just sayin’.

Arc
Arc
1 month ago

People here are loosing touch with reality. It is just a song contest. Enjoy the songs you enjoy, and take the toilet break during performances of ones you don’t care about. Excluding some country will not bring the world peace, same as harassing of some artist who just has a dream to perform and build music career will not bring the justice to the fktup world. There is the better way to protest and make a stand in the real world: write to your government representative, ask them to act and recognise country in question. Join the groups that are… Read more »

Robbie
Robbie
1 month ago
Reply to  Arc

I totally agree with you, Arc, as you’ll see in my post above. Nobody’s forcing anyone to watch or even support the contest – even though we all do so out of pure love for our beloved Eurovision! So very well said pal!!

Erik
Erik
1 month ago

EBU seems small minded. One armed aggressor is allowed to participate and their broadcaster is called “independent”. The other aggressor is still not allowed to participate. Also every artist should be able to boycott the competition and people should have the right to persuade them. Of course it should be done in a friendly manner. But don’t come with empty words like “hate”. Hate in 2024 means absolutely nothing. If someone disagrees to someone here on the blog there will be people calling that hate. If the people succeeds to make artists boycott the contest it would be a hard… Read more »

sparkling points
sparkling points
1 month ago
Reply to  Erik

What?? Thousands of people *work hard* for this yearly event spreading over months and months if not years. It also involves lots of mo nies. It can make someone’s c areer. It’s audience counts te ns if not hun d reds of mill ion s.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Erik

Aggressors aren’t allowed to participate but since Palestine never did, they can hardly be banned.

On the other hand, it would make zero sense to ban countries that defend themselves against barbaric attacks such as Ukraine or Israel.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

eVerYthINg StaRtEd on OcTObeR tHe 7tH

Eurovisionary
Eurovisionary
1 month ago

How disgusting eurovision influenced by the political issues, if Eurovision was meant to be a party to unite countries for peace and love and if politic enters the show as well then what’s the point of holding the show!!! We are not champions. Previously I made comment one one of the articles about the Eurovision Song Contest should come to an end as the world is full of sadness and war and by blocking some country e.g. Russia their disqualification is based on political issues is eurovision not show of love is punishment for country that was welcome to pay… Read more »

Adrián
Adrián
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovisionary

I don’t think you’d feel comfortable partying with Charles Manson or Adolf Hitler, don’t you think?

Morten
Morten
1 month ago

Israel should not be able to compete same reason why Russia cant compete. LIfelong slaugther with state of the art weaponry, vs poor crap armed freedom fighters.
I hate war and politics, but if its a rule for Russia, it must apply for Israel as well.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Morten

Russia is an aggressor, Israel is a victim. Banning Israel would be equal to banning Ukraine, it just doesn’t make any sense at all.

Erik
Erik
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

Hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! Sure got a sense of humor

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

Your victim card is not working anymore.

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

If Israel was placed in my country I would be pretty pissed too

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Morten

I’m often pissed at various people, but I don’t “solve it” by abducting them, raping them and putting babies in ovens. If I did, I would absolutely deserve to have a hell bombed out of me.

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

I mean by that token Israel has been mistreating the residents of the West Bank for years, does that mean the West Bank is entitled to bomb them now?

Bandido
Bandido
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

How does it make Israel a victim, if it destroys hospitals and kills even help workers?? Tell me!

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Bandido

Ir@n

Dean
Dean
1 month ago
Reply to  Bandido

Israel was forced into this situation and yes, mistakes were made, just like the UK and the US have made in the past.
Also, we all know what these „hospitals“ are used for.

Boo
Boo
1 month ago

I’m here to freed off negative energy and people completely losing their mind. Tasty

Tino
Tino
1 month ago

If there is one think I understood recently, it is that it’s impossible to judge something you don’t live. I mean, I don’t know what kind of horrors my own country could do if it was in conflict with another. In a war, there is never a good side and a bad side. There are two sides defending their values and territories by comitting atrocities, and I insist on the word atrocities. Plus, it seems that giving an opinion in 2024 doesn’t lead to a discussion anymore but more to a fight in which everyone is shouting and nobody is… Read more »

Max
Max
1 month ago

I wish Wiwibloggs would turn off the comment section more often.

There is so many platforms to discuss wars, violence and daily news. Why do so many feel entitled to do it exactly here?

Dear people, you are not changing the world by repeating your political opinions and beliefs below Wiwwibloggs articles…

Erik
Erik
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

But maybe people in the long run could be motivated to vote against a leadership that seems to have nothing for human lives, starving children etc. I hope that group is growing

NovelFrost
NovelFrost
1 month ago

Please, check the facts step by step
Russia was suspended the following day the war had started.
The day before the EBU confirmed the Russian representative would take part in the competition. After dozens of days in the press release the EBU told us that its had been made due to “consistent breaches of membership obligations”. What a brilliant coinsidence! The EBU found numerous breaches duritng the evening.

Erik
Erik
1 month ago
Reply to  NovelFrost

My thoughts exactly!

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago

I am also worried about the abuse jurors might get if Israel reach the final. We’ve already seen on this website that the Wiwi Jury for Hurricane have remained anonymous, and I don’t blame them.

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

The personal votes of all national jury members will be published online. That’s why I think that many jury members (of certain countries) won’t vote for israel, even if they love it. Jury members earn their living in the music industry. When a jury member gives points to Israel in the Gran Final, he could get harrassed and cancelled by the pro-pal. crowd. This could have influence on their career. When a jury member doesn’t give points, you will never know if he is afraid of the pro-pal. boycotters, or he just liked other songs better. For their career thats… Read more »

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelina

You are really taking this too far.

I dont think the jurors at ESC are that big of names in the music industry for a huge crowd worldwide taking notice of this.

Everybody should use their free mind in judging things. Also the artists or jurors at ESC24.

These are very challencing times for the World in general.

Everybody wants to be at the right side of History.
Which one it is nobody knows yet.
Only time will tell.

“Its now or never”

jones
jones
1 month ago

wiwbloggs you really need a moderator or even you have one anbetter one to stop these salty bitches slagging each other off.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

Please calm down everyone and just enjoy this contest

I myself do apologize, but yes i am genuine in liking israel song hurricane, will i vote for it, i don’t know its a strong year

Adrián
Adrián
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Hard to enjoy the contest while some people are looking for their children’s bodies under the rubble.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago

Wiwibloggs do be loving those articles about Israel this year, but at least this time it’s a positive one.
When the fans clearly act wrongly, the EBU is there to speak facts and sense.
Whatever it is you people think of the war, it has nothing to do with Eurovision and so, Israel can compete.
Y’all can’t accept decisions only when they match your opinions…

Erik
Erik
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Eurovision has always, ALWAYS been about politics. It was founded to show Western European culture after the wars. The contest was later held in fascist Spain. Eastern European countries got invited after leaving the Soviet Union. Votes for Ukraine timed for Crimean and the full invasion respectively. Nettas victory after #Metoo. Eurovision is about music. But also about politics. Even Sobrals statement about fast food music is political. Culture even is politics.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Erik

Waterloo 2024!!

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

It’s good EBU made that statement.
I hate to love the song so much because of what happened that day, but it’s really a great song. And it’s got the most mind-blowing opening lyric that sounds like a prayer and the closing lyrics also refer to prayers. That’s so incredibly beautiful and powerful.

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

There are many beautiful, strong lines in this song, that grab me and go straight to my heart. Sometimes literally breath-taking for me.
I can’t wait to see it live in May.
Love

Devito
Devito
1 month ago

Bias BS. I wish somebody would found a separate EBU where there are no double standards because this EBU has lost all the credibility. Go fck yourself with Morrocan oil and put a cream made of the blood of the dead Palestinian children on your royal faces. Way to go in the 21st century, Europe, way to go! United By Blood! <3

BELVD
BELVD
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

IGNORE HIM !! Another @ctivist paid by Ir@n 🙂 🙂 (awaiting the devine V*RG*NS) 🙂

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
1 month ago
Reply to  BELVD

Not paid by Ir@n, because I remember in another post Devito said that he hates the Shiites.
Plus the Kurds too.

BELVD
BELVD
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Sorenson

What is clear is that he is NOT here as an ESC Fan….(just a Party P00PER) 🙂 🙂

Devito
Devito
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Sorenson

Haha, darling, being realistic about the influx of illegal migrants is not hate. What I said is Europe must become aware of the risks uncontrollable migration can bring as well as already did bring to the continent. The leftists went crazy with the labelling, apparently. Kuddos to you.

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

Hmm, you sound no better than a Zionist with this attitude

Devito
Devito
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

Whelp, I’m sorry I’m not living in fiction that the world is one peaceful dot in the universe and, thus, Europeans need to do everything possible in their means to save billions of souls on Earth?

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  BELVD

Says the Hasbara bot hahaha how much is Bibi paying you?

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

That got me Loling

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Okay, so Rory and Darren are better than Devito because right-wing Devito hates Jews, plus the Shiites, Kurds and other immigrants too,
whereas the progressive Darren and Rory just only hate the Jews, eh Israelis, eh Zionists.

This is how the ‘progressive’ ESC community has become.

Btw
Zionism = Israel’s right to exist, including the 2 million non-Jewish citizens, Arabs, muslems, christians.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Sorenson

I don’t hate Jews.
Never once have I said such. Rather you didn’t slander me.

But you already knew that

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Sorenson

We don’t hate Jews, but you already know that.

Many of the world’s most famous and respected Jews have come out against the slaughter in Palestine, Miriam Margoles came out against it just this week, does she hate Jews too?

Sierri
1 month ago

Russia are banned from Eurovision because they are attacking Ukraine, Israel are attacking Palestine and they are allowed to compete, how I’d that fair?!

BELVD
BELVD
1 month ago
Reply to  Sierri

7/10…. My SIMPLE answer to a VERY SIMPLE BRAINS… 🙂

alfie23
alfie23
1 month ago
Reply to  Sierri

Israel was attacked and responded…. Russia attacked. So, not the same.

Riv5n
Riv5n
1 month ago
Reply to  alfie23

Israel was not attacked by innocent people and children as far as i know

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Riv5n

And Israel has sat by and done nothing for years while neighbouring terrorists used innocent people and children as shields from which to launch rockets that have killed innocent Israelis.

Elon
Elon
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

I would say Israel has done the same since it first got a patch of land in Palestine to begin with

Max Spencer
Max Spencer
1 month ago
Reply to  Elon

I think you forget the Jews were there first.

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  Max Spencer

They certainly were not, only in religion which is fiction. In the history books Jews were not there first. But they have lived there many years bc. But if you can claim a land 3000 years after you lived there for 200 years, then mongolia should claim most of the known world.

Sierri
1 month ago

Israel participating is rubbish! To be perfectly honest, it is not fair on Russia

alfie23
alfie23
1 month ago
Reply to  Sierri

oh jesus, S T F U …. nowhere near the same context

Adrián
Adrián
1 month ago
Reply to  alfie23

It’s true, Russians didn’t k1ll 13,000 children (yet).

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  Sierri

THe media makes people think Russia are bad guys and Israel good guys 😀 MEDIA POWER and fragile minds of humans

alfie23
alfie23
1 month ago
Reply to  Morten

S T F U ! The fact you want to compare the two shows how the russian propaganda has influenced you. Russia doesn’t even support Israel. The media doesn’t make anyone think Russia is bad, we can see without own eyes the death and destruction Russia is wreaking on Ukraine for nothing other than terrorism.

alfie23
alfie23
1 month ago
Reply to  alfie23

*EDIT: with our own eyes*

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

The EBU is a mess!

sparkling points
sparkling points
1 month ago

Hurricane <3 <3 <3

The song is amazing, Eden’s vocals impressive. The performance and staging in Malmø should be that beautiful and emotional and impactful that the audience will be stunned <3

That Eden looks upwards in the music video – we can also see her sort of looking at the ground *from above*. If that is what I think it is then I’m beyond moved. I hope they’ve included the concept for the show <3

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

If Israeli’s want to be moved, I have a suggestion for them. Move out of the illegal settlements. #Squatterswithbrooklynaccents

BELVD
BELVD
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Ohh Rory…. Calling you an Idi0t would be an INSULT to ALL the Stupid people… 🙂

BELVD
BELVD
1 month ago
Reply to  BELVD

Meant Cassette (but applicable to BOTH!!) 🙂 🙂

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  BELVD

Obsessed much? ?

BELVD
BELVD
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

BOTH of your comments are so MUCH (!!) TR@SH – that even the Recycling Plants don’t have the capacity to process this amount !!….
Dialing SOS planet to handle this pollution… 🙂

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  BELVD

Why you so obsessed with meee Zionist I wanna knoww hahahaha

sparkling points
sparkling points
1 month ago

Ett stort tack till EBU!! That statement is rather balanced and professional and encouraging. And thanks to all who’ll make the event a success in spite of really se ri ou s chal le n ges.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago

Chickens for KFC are just demasking themselves as the bullies they are. No wonder they support terrorists.

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

By terrorists you mean the ‘Israeli Foreign Aid Worker killers’, right? Was Israel hoping to harvest their organs as well?

alfie23
alfie23
1 month ago

I think there will be many boos for Israel during the performance.

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago
Reply to  alfie23

great, this will make people at home vote for it even more 🙂

alfie23
alfie23
1 month ago

Uhhhh, ok? In what world?

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago

the underline is: stop obsessing over israel day and night and get a life, a job, a partner or sumn

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

Israel is the one obsessing by forcing us to watch their ‘who strangled the cat in the kibbutz’ assault on the ears.

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Awful ‘joke’,
especially considering the screams of the cats, dogs, people who were burnt alive in the kibbutzes by h@m@s. Sometimes set afire after being tied up together.

Welcome in the ESC community 2024.

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

you are an awfull creature!! i wish you and your family will pass what israelis has passed!!

Morten
Morten
1 month ago

How about stop being maniplated by the media, get a life and your own opinion, based on facts not the 9 o clock news

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago

Laugable. But expected.

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 month ago

I just can’t stand the “double standards” applied in this competition! The “multiple violations” by Russia is just not convincing given the fact that EBU wanted them to participate in the contest in 2022 but withdrew their entry just a couple of days later because of “superior forces”? And on top of that forcing Israel to change its lyrics while Ukraine won with “1944”? What’s the logic behind all that? Eurovision has ALWAYS been a political game too.. no matter how much EBU tries to reject this, there are endless examples as to why this is the case… Israel should… Read more »

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Ukraine is allowed to participate and therefore Israel should be too. Equivalent of the Russia ban would be banning Palestine but since they’re not participating, it’s not possible. You’re mixing the victim and the aggressor.

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

The aggressor for 75 years has mostly been Israel.

Sierri
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

You have it the wrong way

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Cant agree more its so bs. Ukraine won erovision 2 times and both was crap songs and won duo to politics or war. Its so f pathetic.

Green
Green
1 month ago

What is totally unfair is how the EBU is forcing us to celebrate an event that encourages love and peace with a state thats currently kil*ed almost 20.000 children since october and more as were speaking, not even to mention all the adults and elders kil*ed

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  Green

You throwing random numbers in the air is not helping anyone. You will not fix the situation with lies.

Green
Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Ana

Its not random numbers its known statistics with evidence backing it, if you dont wanna see the truth i cant help you

anna
anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Green

Show me your evidence. Id like to see

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Green

No one is forcing you to celebrate anything, you won’t be missed. We could always do with fewer supporters of terrorism.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago

They picked the wrong year to start with “United By Music”

Ana
Ana
1 month ago

I’m not surprised why Hamm(s keep refusing all the deals for the ceasefire and keeping the hostages. The whole world is working in their favor. Literally no one is putting the pressure on the terr0rists to release hostages. It’s really a wild time to be alive.

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  Ana

Apparently it’s actually Bibi who refuses to make any concessions during the negotiations, he is trying anything to stay in power because he knows that as soon as the hostages are back he will have to host elections, as long as this continues he is free to stay in power. He is even trying to force ultra-orthodox Jews to join the army against their will. He is a fascist and won’t give up his power easily.

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

I know how bad you’d love to think that Bibi is the issue but no, the H*mmas keeps refusing ceasefire deals for months. They are the ones who try to stay in power in every way that they can with complete disregard of what will happen to the Palestin(ans. The leaders of H*mmas ARE NOT EVEN IN G^ZA. What do you have to say about that?

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  Ana

Not true, Bibi is the one refusing to bring the hostages home because of his unwillingness to negotiate in good faith, not to mention that he has done more to increase support for H a mmas than any other Israeli leader

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

And your comment regarding the orthodox jews just shows me how backwards is your understanding of the Israeli politics. The Israelis have a mandatory army service for men and women. Since the October attacks the army came to realization that the amount of people in the army has to increase because of the increasing threats in all the borders. Tens of thousands of orthodox jews been avoiding army service for decades, despite the rising anger of the rest of the population that has to do the service. Bibi is actually relying on the orthodox to have a coalition therefore he’s… Read more »

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  Ana

Interesting that any criticism of Isreal is “antisemitic”, but it’s fine to force Orthodox Jews to fight (against their religious beliefs) – that seems like extreme anti-semitism to me. Bibi is now forcing them to fight in order to save his government alliance (because he has seen that turning his back on his promises is the only way to re-gain even a shred of popularity)

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

Excellent post Rory

anna
anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

Again your lack of understanding basic things while still having firm opinions on those subjects is baffling. The majority of the Army jobs (more than 60%) are non combat. Nobody is forced to become a combat but there is a variety of other necessary positions that have to be filled. Alternatively there’s a thing called “national service” in which people volunteer in hospitals, schools etc and that can be an alternative to army service. Orthodox Jews don’t do any of that and that’s obviously not ok while others are obliged to do the service.

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  anna

No-one should be forced to join the army against their will, whether they are in a combat position or not, especially if it goes against their religious convictions.

anna
anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

That’s a luxury that not every country can allow itself. Im happy for you that you didn’t have to do a mandatory army service but there are places in the world that are under constant threat and they can’t just exist and hope for the best. Your detachment from reality is funny though.

israeli pov
israeli pov
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

The issue of integrating ultra-orthodox Jews into military service is a sensitive topic within Israeli society. It stems from an ongoing debate about fairness and the sharing of national responsibilities. This policy isn’t about coercion; rather, it’s about addressing societal needs and ensuring everyone participates in securing the nation. Labeling Prime Minister Netanyahu or his policies with charged terms like “fascist” overlooks Israel’s democratic foundation, where diverse opinions and vigorous debates shape policy. Israel remains a democracy, where policies, including those related to security and military service, are subject to public discourse, judicial review, and electoral feedback. Understanding the context… Read more »

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  israeli pov

Due to its recent actions Israel can no longer claim to be a liberal democracy https://m.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/article-792939

Yair Golan, former IDF deputy chief of staff, Meretz MK and current candidate for leadership of the Labor Party, said in response to the report, “A full year of messianic dreams, incessant threats against the judicial system, oppressive legislation, threats against the freedom of the press, harming fundamental rights of demonstration, and appointing ministers who are criminals, led us to lose our ranking as a liberal democracy.”

Netanyahu is moving the country in the direction of facism – maybe that’s more acceptable for you.

anna
anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

Lovely how you fail to acknowledge that there are 0 democratic countries in the entire Middle East. And Israel, with all of its troubles is more democratic than some EU members. So maybe focus on that darling

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  anna

I’ll focus on Israel’s war crimes instead, but thanks.

israeli pov
israeli pov
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

hi freedom fighter 🙂 i think you have a lot of work to do.Austria Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ): A populist and national-conservative party known for its anti-immigration stance. Belgium Vlaams Belang (VB): A Flemish nationalist and right-wing populist party, advocating for the independence of Flanders and strict immigration controls. Bulgaria There are various nationalist parties, but their prominence and representation can fluctuate significantly over time. Czech Republic Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD): A right-wing populist and anti-immigration party. Denmark Danish People’s Party (DPP): A nationalist and anti-immigration party. New Right (Nye Borgerlige): A libertarian-nationalist party focusing on strict immigration… Read more »

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  israeli pov

Yes it’s a worrying trend in Europe as well, but none of these countries are actively committing gen@cide at the moment are they? Or building on land in the West Bank driving out the original inhabitants? Or murdering journalists and aid workers? Come back to me when Austria and Spain do that.

israeli pov
israeli pov
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

well…Spain currently administers two small territories on the northern coast of Morocco: Ceuta and Melilla. These enclaves are remnants of historical colonial presence in North Africa and are considered integral parts of Spain, much like any mainland region. Despite their small size, Ceuta and Melilla have been a source of tension between Spain and Morocco, as Morocco claims sovereignty over these territories. The status of Ceuta and Melilla is a complex and sensitive issue in Spanish-Moroccan relations, involving questions of national identity, colonial history, and international law. The situation is further complicated by migration issues, as the enclaves often serve… Read more »

ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC
1 month ago

I wonder if anyone has seen the film Mephisto? I wonder if EBU has? Artists always have a moral responsibility – what they perform, where they perform, for whom they perform!

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 month ago

Pre recorded vocals have ruined eurovision. Trying to find lame excuses for the upcoming bad Tv audience.

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago

I just want Eden to qualify because her song is *chef’s kiss*.