Eric Saade Every Minute

Semi-Final 1 opening act Eric Saade has been criticized by Swedish television for wearing the keffiyeh — a Palestinian shawl — around his wrist.

Eric, whose father is a Palestinian from Lebanon, had the black and white shawl wrapped around his left wrist while singing his Eurovision 2011 song “Popular.” Eric held the mic with his left hand, so the shawl was visible throughout his performance. 

As Aftonbladet reports, the 33-year-old has previously expressed his anger over Israel’s participation. He said that by participating in the opening act he would be protesting. 

Writing on Instagram last month he said:

“When you can no longer wear a symbol of your ethnicity in our so-called ‘free world’ it’s even more important for me to participate.”

Speaking to Aftonbladet, Ebba Adielsson, executive producer Eurovision Song Contest 2024, said:

“We think it is sad that he uses his participation in this way.”

“Eric Saade is well aware of the rules that apply when standing on the Eurovision Song Contest stage. We think it’s sad that he’s used his participation in this way.”

Update 13:15 BST: Eric Saade has shared a statement on his Instagram Story following on the situation.

“This was just my way of showing a part of my origin, which is important in a world like this. I got that keffiyeh from my dad when I was a little boy, to never forget where the family comes from. Back then, I didn’t know one day be called a ‘political symbol’ by EBU. It’s like calling the ‘Swedish Dola Horse’ a political symbol… In my eyes, it’s just racism.

“I just wanted to be inclusive and wear something that is authentic to me – but the EBU seems to think my ethnicity is controversial. It says nothing about me, but everything about them.

“I’ll stick to this year’s ESC slogan: United By Music!

“I can only hope for some kind of change in the future.”

Eric Saade Instagram story statement following Eurovision 2024 semi-final 1

 

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CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago

Given the statement by the EBU over Eric Saade, it looks as if the decision to keep the slogan “United By Music” for all future Eurovisions is turning out to be one big farce. Here we see disunity on all fronts. I thought it was a bad idea to begin with, because it takes away from the host country’s identity or what they want to project.

Time for each host country or city to go back to introducing their own slogans. Starting next year, in the country where the ESC began.

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago

This statement is cringe. If it’s just a way of expressing himself why didn’t he wear something like this during Melo 2010? Or during Melo 2011? Or during Eurorivision 2011? Or Melo 2015? Or Melo 2021?

The keffiyeh IS a political statement.

Ron
Ron
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonny

How? What political message does it send? Please elaborate for the rest of us.

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

Eric Saade, you are the man. Big props to you for raising awareness to the plight of the opressed.

Jorg
Jorg
1 month ago

Full support, Eric! And, a perfect explanatation for doing what he did on the stage.

alfie23
alfie23
1 month ago

I am wondering how loud the boos will be for Israel in the arena? Maybe I will be wrong.

jercle
jercle
1 month ago
Reply to  alfie23

Viewers at home won’t hear them, “anti-booing” technology at play again.

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  jercle

Thankfully. I don’t want to hear any booing.

Boris
Boris
1 month ago
Reply to  alfie23

Saw some clip, were not many boos at all so probably not much

Boris
Boris
1 month ago
Reply to  alfie23

Also booing the artist is kind of unfair to the artist themselves, the ones to boo is Martin Österdal and EBU that would make more of a statement.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Boris

She chose to go with a politicaly charged song even after lyric changes, and she chose to represent. She is not innocent nor is it unfair. Adults make their own decision

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

“She is not innocent”?? You are crazy. You’re acting like she killed people by herself.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonny

Well she is not a killer but she is far from innocent. She could have said no to competing. Or gone with a different song. But she did not..
If she can go with those choices then she can deal with consequnces of it

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

ah, you can count on Swedes giving the worst opinions on this site, no matter the topic amlo

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

*lmao

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

Go Eric! <3

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

Lol I didn’t imagine a piece of cloth would trigger so much people. they’re fuming on twitter. I guess eric won here

jercle
jercle
1 month ago

Shut up EBU. You can’t scream at others for making political statements while allowed Israel to promote itself tomorrow night.

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
1 month ago

His father is from Lebanon, I wonder if he knows what happened to Christian Lebanes after radical Islam took over. (Hint: Christians used to be the majority in lebanon, and now they aren’t)

ORE92
ORE92
1 month ago

The Christians in Lebanon are still Arabs, just like the 20% of Palestinians that are also Christians who are still targeted by the IDF for the “crime” of being Arabs.

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
1 month ago
Reply to  ORE92

This is nothing to do with what I just said.
FYI there are Muslims, Christians and Jews Arabs.
Ignoring the problem of radical Islam will not solve the problem. Radical Islam is a cancer.By ingnoring it – you will be next….

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

We are seeing what radical satanic Judaism is doing in the occuppied territories. Nothing but savages.

blueeyed
blueeyed
1 month ago
Reply to  ORE92

They are Arabs, but Lebanese aren’t Palestinians. Haven’t you heard what Palestinians did in Lebanon and Jordan?

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  ORE92

IDF is targeting t*rr*r*sts.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago

You’re right, and Phoenicians used to be Lebanon’s native people until Arabs took over, but Arab colonialism is overlooked

ORE92
ORE92
1 month ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

And what of the Canaanites? At what point do you what to draw the line? Colonialism in any form is bad and does not justify the contemporary actions of the IDF.

Yana Valladares
Yana Valladares
1 month ago

No wonder why you are justifying the actions of Israel government. You are using this absurd historical excuse to approve the Zionist approach. If we go as far as possible, we all should be enemies or African states. If the Spanish were suffering, I will be empathetic with them and bring my support. The Conquest was centuries ago, it has nothing to do with them now. Eric is showing his ethnicity (a human right by the way), there’s nothing wrong there.

Ron
Ron
1 month ago

I saw it the moment he stepped on stage and loved it! Well done, Eric!

LawnaDellPlay
LawnaDellPlay
1 month ago

Lebanon and Palestine never were part of EBU so they are irrelevant for ESC

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  LawnaDellPlay

Lebanon are members. Sorry to be the one to tell you.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

They had a really good ballad ready in 2005, I believe. It would have done well.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Well when your country’s law literally makes it illegal to air any Israeli content, Lebanon has no chance to debut.

Boris
Boris
1 month ago
Reply to  LawnaDellPlay

disgusting human being you are

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Eric is totally right.

ORE92
ORE92
1 month ago

I’m incandescently angry at the EBU statement here. Their blatant racism and patronising statement makes me sick.

jercle
jercle
1 month ago
Reply to  ORE92

The EBU can’t pick and choose what is political and what isn’t, which is exactly what they’re doing. In their view, support for Israel = not political but support for Palestine = political.

Make it make sense.

Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
1 month ago

If a symbol of another nation/people makes you feel hated, it’s time to ask yourself why you feel that way.

Ern
Ern
1 month ago

Sorry, but the EBU is playing favorites with political messaging.

Feel free to criticize Russia all you wan.

However, no criticism for Israel. No criticism for Azerbaijan. And people will jump up and down if Turkey ever returns.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

“Screams Before Silence” is a documentary about events on October 7 2023. It’s a space for the voices of people who were there. It’s hard to watch, but it does does make a good empathy test too especially for people who claim to want peace.

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

I’m sure it is hard to watch because what happened on October 7th is horrific, I’m sorry to all those who lost someone and to Jews in general for this traumatic event

On that note, did you know that the Israeli governement is acting out a GEN’O’SIDE and k1ll1ng thousands and thousands of INNOCENT palestinian people

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago

Am i the only one who didn’t see it?

jugofuturizam
jugofuturizam
1 month ago

It is not sad, and I think we all need to get over the fact that Eurovision was and is, like it or not, used by both artists, participating countries, host countries the EBU for various political purposes, both good and bad, multiple times. Ukraine is the best example. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ukraine and their culture and I wish them nothing but peace and prosperity and independence, but they are the textbook example of double standards in this contest, not just regarding political messages in their music, but also they were on multiple times forgiven missed deadlines,… Read more »

Erik
Erik
1 month ago
Reply to  jugofuturizam

Eurovision has always been political. It was created as a peace project. But just as much it was created as a project of sharing Western European culture and values in a time after the Second World War. Former enemies would go together and share music together. Remember Eurovision existed for Western European countries. Intervision song contest was created for soviet or Eastern European countries. The politics within the EBU changed. But everything was always politics. Unity, building bridges and being open about other peoples uniqueness is politics. Some countries made political decisions against that kind of politics. When Russia won… Read more »

NickC
NickC
1 month ago

United by the music, for the g e n o c i d e

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
1 month ago

I wonder if we are going to see any watermelon on the menu at Eurovision . Thunder and lightning the heavens will open if see someone is seen eating a melon . lol rediculous rules ! Listen to Finland they say no rules !

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

If she is so distressed by a piece of clothing generally accepted in the Arab World and was worn by an individual with Palestinian-Lebanese origins then she should’ve kept it to herself, otherwise her comment is arabphobic.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

The Arab World didn’t become as widespread and huge as it is with love and friendship, though. But now it seems calling Arabs out on their colonialism is “arabphobic”

Yana Valladares
Yana Valladares
1 month ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

You are making no sense at all. I will be absolutely shocked if someone denies me the right to show my Antillean or Spanish roots making absurd excuses like yours. We live in a free world and the Arabic descendants that lives in my country are wonderful people that have never threatened peace.

Nadiia
Nadiia
1 month ago

Bambie plays it well.
Tons of political statements and hints outside the official show, old letters on their face, hexing the blue six point star etc. on socials ,
but on stage only with double meaning so it won’t get disqualified.
(on stage 5 point blue star, singing against the favorite color blue and the star.)

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Nadiia

No, “blue” in this context is melancholy, depression or feeling of sadness. Doomsday Blue is a breakup song.

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

It’s a fabulous song and performance anyway . Only smart educated and open minded people will understand the true message of the song . She did great and I will be voting for this on Saturday .

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  MartyMcCu

Yes!! It’s crazy how haters are trying to do anything to drag Ireland down.

Nadiia
Nadiia
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

I am not dragging Ireland down.
Just stating their statements.

Nadiia
Nadiia
1 month ago
Reply to  MartyMcCu

Just like smart educated and open minded people are all the same.

Smart educated and open minded people can understand it, but not everyone will like it.

But I think a part of them will.

Nadiia
Nadiia
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Thats why I sad ‘double meaning’.
On their socials for their fans, they literally show the other meaning.

Which is allowed by the rules, as long as it is not obvious on stage.

Madhat
Madhat
1 month ago

Am I the only one who thinks that asking 3 unrelated random previous participants to come and re-enact their songs as the opening act is very lazy and nothing spectacular?Surprised it had to be SVT who had to fall for such a cheap tactic, when usually they are known to enhance the entertainment aspect – I guess relying on Petra Mede only is not enough.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Madhat

They’re probably just tired hosting now, they’ve hottest 3 times in the past 11 years.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

But they wanted to win so bad last year to the point they rigged the jury vote, how come?

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Madhat

I also think that reproducing the performance is a let down. The excitement and feeling of seeing Chanel and Elena the first time was amazing. Seeing them again knowing the song, the act, the moves is no longer an open mouth moment.

Erik
Erik
1 month ago
Reply to  Madhat

Yes, quite lazy. Also we got quite fed up with more of the same. I.e. pop songs as an opening, pop songs competing and added pop songs already qualified. Maybe they could have been more nuanced in that.

Nadiia
Nadiia
1 month ago

I dont like political statements in Eurovision.

I am Ukrainian, raised in the West, but think that the end when they were thanking for standing with Ukraine was too much.
The first year ok, but its obvious that whole of Europe stands with Ukraine. No need to emphasize it.

As for Eric Saade, I think Sweden knew about it. Thought, let him do it, then we are over it.
We make a short statement we were not happy with it, and move on.

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
1 month ago
Reply to  Nadiia

He sould be punished, and suspended from eurovision shows.

Elsa
Elsa
1 month ago
Reply to  Nadiia

Fully agree, EBU used Saade on purpose to make a statement

Daniel
Daniel
1 month ago

It is hypocrisy that people criticize Eric Saade for his support to Palestine by wearing keffiyeh.
Seems that EBU only cares about the war in Ukraine; if Ukranian entrants showed any sembol associated with Ukranian war, I am sure EBU would not say anything or just mild reaction.

Also, I find Ukraine’s song mediocre and overrated just because it represents Ukraine.

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Daniel

I like Ukraine’s entry but I agree about the EBU’s double standards

Boris
Boris
1 month ago
Reply to  Daniel

100% agree

nycforeverever
nycforeverever
1 month ago
Reply to  Daniel

And this double standards hurt in the end everyone, also spreading more hate towards Ukraine

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Daniel

This just alienates the pro Ukrainian crowd from the Palestinian cause, but Palestinians are such attention wh*res they don’t care about it

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

EBU getting upset over a keffiyeh pretty much says it all.

Kudos to Eric Saade. Atleast someone has the guts to do it, and not bury their head in the sand and ignore what’s happening around them.

Dinle
Dinle
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Exactly. I am waiting for how Loreen will handle the situation on stage or media. Her silence is deafening, especially given how vocal she has been in other social justice issues.

Boris
Boris
1 month ago
Reply to  Dinle

She will probably not do any statement and blame it on that she never watches tv or follow the news…

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

They’re angry at scarf but they let Israel sing propaganda song. No picking sides, at all.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

That wouldn’t be like the EBU to show favouritism and double standards now would it?

Ellen
Ellen
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

They got upset with Israel previous lyrics too. Everybody has to follow the fckin rules

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellen

Eurovision is an expression of people’s culture and identity. Punishing Eric for simply showing his, is completely different to getting Israel to change its incredibly obvious political lyrics, is completely different.

The keffiyeh is an innocent piece of cloth to reflect one’s identity.
Just as we see with artists having pride flags, trans flags and the aboriginal flag of Australia every year at the contest. But they wouldn’t dare censor those.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
1 month ago

No one noticed and those who did forgot about it right away. Either way, no one’s going to take him seriously sending out a statement while singing a song that rhymes impossible with possible.

Kevan McDougall
Kevan McDougall
1 month ago

you do realize you’re commenting on an article about it, right?

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago

Just feel like sharing this. Palestinians are mostly of Semitic origin. This is not about anti anything other than mass killings, incarceration without charge and the denial of rights most of us take for granted.

Anna Banana
Anna Banana
1 month ago

I think justice always wins sooner or later and people who have been against him wearing this will be ashamed and proven wrong in the foreseeable future I hope

Dane
Dane
1 month ago

what did they expect? ofc he did that. he shouldn’t have participated in eurovision at all

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Dane

I like how SVT wanted to remain apolitical on behalf of EBU but then invite him and after he performed they regret inviting him. Big brain energy!

Boris
Boris
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Think many artists they asked declined actually…Benjamin is there because that man is not bright at all, he probably doesn’t even know what a Palestinian is or where to locate Israel on a map…

ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC
1 month ago
Reply to  Dane

Quite ther opposite! Well done, Eric – I’d say!

Dane
Dane
1 month ago
Reply to  ATLANTIC

luckily it was such a small thing. I didn’t really notice it, so I don’t think many people did either. so it was kinda a flop lmao

AxV
AxV
1 month ago
Reply to  Dane

no one noticed it, but by making a statement now everyone knows it. In any case, if they accept Israel, and I would add with such a song, it is totally legitimate for Eric Saade to express his support for a suffering people. 

Dane
Dane
1 month ago
Reply to  AxV

I don’t think the casual viewers knows it tbh, so I would call it a flop

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago

With comments like the comments here, no wonder Israelis don’t feel safe here anymore.
Great job Wiwibloggs… Don’t bother come here in the future.
I’m also out of here.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Anything for clicks!

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Crocodile tears

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

You don’t have to agree with me, but try to see it from our point of view.
Also, we’re done crying. We just take actions – like not being here anymore.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Nothing personal but denying accountability in general is no surprise why you start to feel insecure.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Last time I checked it wasn’t Wiwibloggs international airport.

Departure announcements aren’t necessary.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Nothing is necessary.
My choice to write this and your choice to respond instead of ignoring it.

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

Ban Sweden for 10 years.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago

Well, that should be a clear message for anyone who ever considers putting him in their show. Shame on SVT for not making sure this wouldn’t happen though.

Support Israel tomorrow and on Saturday. Let’s show that chickens for KFC are just a small minority and most of Europe are decent people with moral compass.

Yasyas
Yasyas
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

Never.

Eurofan
Eurofan
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

so having moral compass is supporting the ext€rmination of 20k minors. congratulations

anna
anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan

Ah yes, let the imaginary numbers fly. What are the odds that a Ha**as controlled ministry of health is lying about the casualties

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan

Says the clown who cheered on October 7th

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

I do not agree with Israel’s views on Palestine, which is why I’m not supporting this nation!

ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

Oh dear, Samo … I truly feel sorry for you!

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

No. If I like the song I will support it. Frankly the same appli es to Ukraine.

Yoshi8TheBerries
Yoshi8TheBerries
1 month ago

Mate what? I didn’t even notice the symbol! It’s not like he, idk, held up a bung of flags in the green room, or used his backing dancers to make a statement. If Eurovision isn’t political, then why are we making an item of clothing political?

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago

A keffiyeh is a political symbol.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonny

Israel literally made the sunrise a political symbol.

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonny

No it isn’t. It’s an item of clothing worn by North Africans for centuries. The western media made it a political symbol when Yasser Arafat was alive. If anything it’s a cultural symbol.

Sun
Sun
1 month ago

Too many Z i oni st bots on Wiwibloggs. The saddest thing about this whole terrible story is that the people of Iz r@3l support the g3nocid3 and that is sadly reminiscent of past times that they themselves suffered. The free and democratic countries that participate in ESC will extinguish with their cries for freedom the false voice that they will try to represent and history and international courts will condemn this madness. You are all accomplices and deep in your hearts you know it

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

How ignorant of you to compare the holocaust to a freaking regular war…
Also, *Israel*, you don’t have to write it all weird and censored 😉 Nothing wrong with writing Israek

Sun
Sun
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Freaking regular war where civilians can’t escape a daily massacre stuck in their own concentration camp? There is no one more blind than he who does not want to see. I do not write Iz ra el on a regular basis to avoid censorship, I write it this way to tell the Z of past times and to remind those people that the Palestinians did not expel them when they began to arrive in Palestine after the Second World War ?

anna
anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

Repeat after me: you can’t complain about a war you started. You can’t glorify violence and then complain that violence is used against you. You can’t support a terrorist organization for decades and then pretend that you have nothing to do with it.

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago
Reply to  anna

You can’t forcibly displace people , deny them basic human rights and complain if they resist.

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

Already long before the war there were mAssacres.
Long before the end of ww2 the Arab mufti of Jerusalem worked with H1tler.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

It ain’t a concentration camp… Go back to history books and read about what they truly are.
And yea, the reality of war is when people are under attacks.
People there have 2 ways of going out – Israel (no one will let them in after they invaded us) or Egypt – you can ask them to help the citizens.
Don’t forget they share a border with Egypt.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

And why can’t they escape? Not justifying Israel here, but H4m4s could stop using ppl from Filastin as human shields and Egypt could let them in but neither want that

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

And I would say too many terrorists supporters on the internet…….

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago

They put a ban on flags! But where is it written that you cant wear certain style of clothing? Why is she even reacting?!?!?! If what Eric did was wrong then they should go back and fine all the ukrainian artists that have said «Slava Ukraini» as well…they should fine the BBC for their love is love interval act as well…. also they should have arrested and thrown Madonna in jail for her symbolic performance in 2019! why are expressing SOME human rights ok and others are NOT!!! EBU and the producers are really giving this competition a bad reputation… Read more »

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
1 month ago

If people had bothered to read upon the history, they would have realised that what’s happening in there is nothing more than karma for their treacherous behaviour during WW2…

Yasyas
Yasyas
1 month ago

Oh no, an artist using his platform to silently and peacefully protest the ongoing g3n0c1d3. What a bad person, how dare he!

Sun
Sun
1 month ago

Too many Zio ni st bots on Wiwibloggs. The saddest thing about this whole terrible story is that the people of Iz r@el support the genocide and that is sadly reminiscent of past times that they themselves suffered. The free and democratic countries that participate in ESC will extinguish with their cries for freedom the false voice that they will try to represent and history and international courts will condemn this madness. You are all accomplices and deep in your hearts you know it

Indiana07
Indiana07
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

The majority of plestinians also support the trrorist Hmas. They literally even went on streets to celebrate the attack on October the 7th.

Fionn
Fionn
1 month ago

The amount of z*onists in the wiwibloggs comments makes me sick. Downvoting any comment protesting the genoc*de, calling it antis*imetic. It actually makes me sick. You’re not wanted in the fandom, leave

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  Fionn

There is no “genc*de”, so stop trolling.

Yasyas
Yasyas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonny

There is. Stop denying what’s happening.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Yasyas

Give me the definition of it and explain why it is what’s happening.
Then I’ll show you why you’re wrong.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

“the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group.”

Thousands of women and children have been killed, injured or displaced. Aid has been cut off, media has been cut off that could document what is happening. If bombs do not kill the remaining people of Gaza starvation will. It is frankly disgusting that the Israeli people here are so desensitised to this murder performed by their government or actively cheering it on. Shame on you.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

I’m happy you brought a correct definition, now let’s work on your understanding of the situation. Tons and tons of aid is entering, no matter how much you think it’s false. And the main thing – there is absolutely NO AIM TO DESTROY THEM. Hmas are the enemy, not the civilians. That’s the cruel side of war though. As for numbers or “women and children” – I wouldn’t take them as a valid source of information. Somehow it’s always women and children for them but you never hear of men or Hmas terr0rists. We wish the best for the people,… Read more »

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Tons and tons of aid? Through where? Erez was only opened to aid trucks a few days ago and shut yesterday when the IDF took the Rafah crossing?

There is also well documented evidence of Israeli people blocking aid and destroying things.

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Hey ostrich get your head out of the sand and listen to what Israeli cabinet ministers have said and are still saying. Moreover 34000 souls may beg to differ.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Interestingly, the same ethnic group has absolutely no problem living in Israel. Yet somehow Israel is at fault. Ok, Karen…

anna
anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Yasyas

Prove that it’s happening withouts relying on data that was provided by a terrorist organization.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonny

Stop hiding war crimes.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Fionn

Zionism isn’t a bad word. As long as you believe Jews deserve to have their own country (like you think Palestinians deserve) then you’re a Zionist yourself.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Zionism is antisemitic. it puts a fascist, supremacist ideology as being more important than Judaism, but then weaponises Judaism to protect that very ideology.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

It isn’t… It’s about the right of the Jewish people to have their own independent country in their homeland, just like literally every other nation in the world.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Judaism is a religion. This is like saying that any ideology has the “right” to take a piece of land. So if Scientologists decide they want to annex Florida what you’re saying could be used in support of that. For the record, believers in Judaism within Israel who do not have the “right” skin colour are treated terribly by the Israeli regime. Ask the Lemba people.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Fionn

And they’re the same people who glorify arabphobia/xenophobia. Disgusting.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Not as if Arabs weren’t westphobic either

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Didn’t EBU just say last month in their FAQ that they allow freedom of expression of people protesting the war?

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Calm down, he wasn’t dragged off the stage, so he had his freedom.

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonny

Well then she shouldnt have reacted at all!

Eric Saade has my respect now!

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Perhaps not on freaking stage? But outside the arena…

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

We’ve reached the point when everyone is allowed to politicise the contest one way or another apart from P@lestine supporters. A ban on keffiyeh, a ban on the flag, a ban on asking for peace. And all this while the disgusting Rafah invasion is ongoing that has been condemned by everyone, while Bibi has rejected a fully rational ceasefire showing that he doesn’t care at all about the hostages, while the ICC is ready to issue some arrest warrants on the criminal cabinet (and US Republicans -the only ones still fanatically with Israel (this says something)- are disgustingly threatening the… Read more »

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

Sidenote: There’s been an effort for many years by the US to characterise the conflict a so-called “non-issue”. To consider it solved and to gradually fully erase the Palestinian identity, while a tremendous injustice has been taking place for near a century. Trump tried that to the max when he was president. There’s no peace without justice: the conflict will continue until P@lestinians have their own state. It’s ridiculous, unfair and delusional to think otherwise. And Israel’s policies right now apart from genoc!dal are also completely stupid.

Yasyas
Yasyas
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

Tell em!

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

Well said, thank you so much for speaking out.

ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC
1 month ago

What is really sad is Ebba Adielsson’s, executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest, statement. I think I’m done with Eurovision for a while – at least until EBU’s moral consciousness is restored!

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  ATLANTIC

Good bye!

JaHoor
JaHoor
1 month ago

30.000+ k1lled, many kids.

Let’s ban Eric Saade for pointing it out. Thats Eurovision hypocrisy 🙂

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  JaHoor

Source: made up figures from H4m4s

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago

I chose my words carefully here. Once again there is a ridiculous conflation of calling for and end to killing and hate for a particular faith. No such thing. Most of us hate what is happening in Gaza and anyone with an ounce of humanity would feel the same. None of us hate the whole community.The keffiyeh is a cultural symbol and Eric Saade has every right to wear it and make his statement. Bear in mind the majority of participants this year have already expressed disquiet about the situation publicly. May God forgive those if you who will respond… Read more »

anna
anna
1 month ago

Actually the silly lyrics of Popolar really fit this ridiculous situation. For many artists this protest is indeed just a way to gain more attention to themselves and become more popular. It’s an empty gesture that helps no one but themselves.

Ruu
Ruu
1 month ago
Reply to  anna

If we support Palestine do we support that mass attack that begun this thing last October, basicly it’s Palestine that started this by supporting terrorist attack.

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruu

Of course we support Palestine, you would be out of this world stupid to support Israel. Supporting Israel is supporting oppression and power through money

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  Morten

What would you suggest?

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruu

No we don’t support the october 7 attack, but if Israel hadnt responded in such disproportional way that they have tone, literally totally demolished an entire land area and made it completely unliveable then people wouldn’t have reacted and protested the way they are doing now! We are protesting because this is almost only a war against female and women, and those did not take part in the oct 7 attack.

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
1 month ago
Reply to  Stian F

Almost only female and women?

Almost no men have been killed?
Are they all hiding in the tunnels, and keep the women above ground, you are saying?

anna
anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruu

You say nothing about the hostages. As if it’s ok to drag people out of their homes and torture them for over half a year. You NORMALIZED THAT!!!!! By constantly ignoring what lead to this war you normalized the violence against Jews. You’re disgusting

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruu

Wrong, completely wrong. Terrorism is a symptom not a cause. Read your history. Israel was born out of terrorism.

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  Lawrence Gibb

I have nothing to say about such a stupid statement. Many countries were born in a WAY worse way. USA? Brazil? The UK that enslaved half of the world? Focus on canceling them first. Then we’ll talk about history.

Eurogambler
Eurogambler
1 month ago

Erik Saade you’re a legend. The EBU needs to do some serious thinking and decide what side of history they want to be on because five years from now, they will be really embarrassed about articles like this. Where have gotten to when windows 95 man can wear a skin coloured posing pouch but Erik Saade can’t wear a scarf ?

anna
anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurogambler

Taking a side that’s against Jews? That’s so fresh and new.

Eurogambler
Eurogambler
1 month ago
Reply to  anna

This particular item of clothing was around before 1948 and had been warn by Palestinians for generations. To tell someone who is Palestinian that they now can’t wear that item of clothing anymore because someone decided that it signifies something else, sets a bad precedent.

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  anna

When you steal land, people will not like you, when you play innocent with a ton of money and military vs a poor population you get what’s deserved and nothing more

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  anna

You’re literally on the side of arabphobia.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Dude, Arabs won’t like you anyways. Stop being servile

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago
Reply to  anna

Being for Palestine isn’t the same as being against jews! Stop with this now! Disagreeing with politics is not antisemitism!

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Stian F

Yes, it is, because you’re saying that people of Israel should just let themselves be killed. And the only reason why you take this stance is because they are Jews.

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago
Reply to  anna

Girl when will you people get that the criticism and the absolute abhorrence is NOT because you are Jews. Don’t go into the victim role. It’s because of your country’s horrific actions, not because of your faith. You’re delusional.

Charlie
Charlie
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurogambler

Why you’re attacking Windows95man, he has been openly supportive for Palestine?

Eurogambler
Eurogambler
1 month ago
Reply to  Charlie

Because my point is about what clothing is allowed.

Charlie
Charlie
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurogambler

So the ripped up bodies of Slovenian dancers were acceptable because those were boxers and not thongs, or was that not allowed either?

Face it, it’s allowed and you’re body shaming.

Eurogambler
Eurogambler
1 month ago
Reply to  Charlie

To be clear – I’m happy for all 3 clothing items to be worn.

Charlie
Charlie
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurogambler

All clothing should be allowed, but political messages weren’t so that’s why EBU and SVT are furious, rules are rules.

Our grass level activism does nothing, best way to support is to let Israel’s & Palestinian leaders to know that the result should come quick. The Israel-Palestine question is too big to be resolved on a Eurovision stage, let alone fast.

Sun
Sun
1 month ago

It is sadder to see how EBU sells itself to genocidal oppressors while the world around it raises its voice in favor of a people that is being exterminated in the face of the passivity of all the countries in the world. That, dear EBU, is sad.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

You know what’s sadder?
When the world ignores real gen0cides but thinks this war is one.
Many people could only wish the west would be so vocal about them but it isn’t on trend to support others, just to go against the Israelis

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

There’s a lot of bigger problems (or at least stuff that affects ppl more directly) throughout the world that are ignored bc they’re not trendy. UNAM students set up a camp in support to Filastin last week but they’ve been dead silent about COVID and subway deaths, murders and missing people in Mexico

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

Those who get their info from other places than the media and knows history, knows why Israel was created and knows Israel should be rejected and devaluated

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Morten

Ironically, though, you’re not that “alternative” or else, you’d be aware of Arab colonialism

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago

MorrocanOil made them say that.
More power to you, Eric. Your vocals are weak and in all honesty listening to Popular is painful, but you are too handsome to miss. And your heart is in a right place.

NickC
NickC
1 month ago

Many thanks to Eric, Bambie Thug, and Electric fields for being the voice of the oppressed, the voiceless and those who are excluded by the masses.