Base photo: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Belgium competed in semi-final 2 of Eurovision 2024 on Thursday night. As those in the Flemish community of the country sat down to watch the contest on VRT, their broadcast was briefly paused just before the show commenced to display a trade union message condemning “violations of human rights by the State of Israel,” who were also competing in Thursday’s semi-final.

The message shown on VRT before semi-final 2 stated the following:

“This is industrial action

We condemn the violations of human rights by the State of Israel. Furthermore, the State of Israel is destroying freedom of the press.

#CeasefireNow
#StopGenocide”

“Industrial action” is used by employees of an organisation to indicate their dissatisfaction with certain conditions or events.

The message shared on VRT before semi-final 2 was done at the demand of the trade union that represents the workers at the broadcaster. The union would have notified the organisation’s managers of their intent before it was then shown on screen.

Belgium has two participating broadcasters at Eurovision, who each take turns selecting the country’s entry. This year, French-speaking broadcaster RTBF is in charge. Flemish broadcaster VRT chose the entry in 2023 and will return as the representative broadcaster in 2025.

Mustii displays “Peace” message during Eurovision performance

There was further messaging from Belgium during semi-final 2. The country’s representative, Mustii, chose to write one clear word at the top of his arm whilst appearing on stage.

“PEACE”

The Belgian singer revealed the simple but clear memo during the final moments of his song “Before the Party’s Over.”

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blueeyed
blueeyed
1 month ago

I will laugh so hard when 12 points from Belgium will go to Israel. One thing is what broadcasters show us and another thing is what poeple actually think. Despite the minority being very loud most people actually support Israel in this case. Just look at “alleged” voting results in Italy.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago

So rich to hear Israel being criticized about “destroying freedom of the press,” when we have Mexico’s president viciously attacking independent journalists and foreign media daily, up to the point where he has doxxed several people

Adrian
Adrian
1 month ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

WTF has Mexico to do with this?

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian

Almost nothing at all, it’s just that no one cares about it bc Mexico is politically irrelevant and talking about it ain’t trendy like Filastin

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

At least they have the guts …

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago

This guy gave me NQ cubes 5 since the first rehearsal but you like to blame Israel.

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
1 month ago

Bravo Belgium, finally a country is speaking up!

Ralf07
Ralf07
1 month ago
Reply to  DutchTurkk

Speaking up what ? That in the actual ranking of worldwide press freedom Serbia is no. 79, Israel is at no.86, Georgia 89, Azerbaijan 156 and Palestina 170 ? Yes, good to speak it up, but what do they wanna tell us ?

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

Belgium should be banned for at least 2 years. It’s clearly a violation of EBU rules.

Green
Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

And commiting a Gen•cide isnt a violation of the rules?

Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  Green

Brainwashing and didn’t even knowing what signification of words are. Go bye a dictionary

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Stop k!lling children

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Youre clearly the victim of a failed Israeli education system. It’s buy, not bye. Learn to spell.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

YOU MUST BE KIDDING ME!!!

Ant
Ant
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

The broadcaster can run whatever they want before the show, can’t they. It’s not like they interrupted the show, so no

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

freedom of speech for everyone though, everyone is entitled of their own opinions?

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Why is writing peace a violation? Should Ein Bisschen Frieden be excluded from Eurovision Winners as well now then maybe ?!??!!?

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

There is no breaking of any rules. The show was not interrupted, Eden’s performance was shown and I’m sure it got votes. Shame on you for condemning people for expressing their opinion. Freedom of the press and of speech for everyone!

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Like everyone said, no rules were broken. The message was shown before the show started so no interruption. Plus you can say whatever you want, EBU can ban a broadcast member but not a country. As we have 2 broadcast members in Belgium, you can’t ban both of them if only one of them broke the rule 😉

kayros
kayros
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

u should start reading good sources of information, don’t believe everything you hear in your local information

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

And why is that??? Never heard of FREEDOM OF SPEECH,????

Dirk
Dirk
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

you’ve apparentley never heard of free speech

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
1 month ago

So proud of my country… we rarely have amazing singers (proof last night again) but we are a true democracy…

EscIL
EscIL
1 month ago
Reply to  DJdjdj

an arab country…. soon you will not be a demobracy

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  EscIL

Don’t worry for us, we live pretty well in Belgium and we know ethic

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

Well said!!!!!

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  EscIL

SELL YOUR NONSENS SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

EBU are cowards, the artwashing scum should not have been allowed to compete, it has brought the competition into disrepute.

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

FACTS!

The truth
1 month ago

So that is why he was eliminated

idk
idk
1 month ago

Respect

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

So we need to wait until Sunday to see if Belgium was disqualified and as a result Latvia (11th) qualified?

Ralf07
Ralf07
1 month ago

Destroying freedom of the press……what about Georgia and Azerbaijan? Israel is still a democracy. It gets more and more silly.

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
1 month ago
Reply to  Ralf07

Israel is on position 101 in the World Press Index 2024, lol

Ralf07
Ralf07
1 month ago
Reply to  Sh1ft_key

That is a lie. It’s no.86, Palestina 170. wake up !!!

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Ralf07

Israel is not a democracy. Netanyahu is a dictator a corrupted criminal and even Israelis are protesting against him way before the terrorist attack (he knew about it)

Green
Green
1 month ago

Idc who wins now. Give the win to Latvia for all i care, just plss not that terr0rist organisation that claims to be the victims

The truth
1 month ago
Reply to  Green

Don’t be too surprised if they win (or rather are given the trophy) the whole competition.

Craig
Craig
1 month ago

The EBU‘s long standing claims that the contest is apolitical have never looked more ridiculous than they do right now.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

When your vocal abilities are not gonna get you into the final, you try activism. It was enough for the top 16. Kudos indeed. Now he can watch Eden‘s performance in peace on tv.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Wow… I forgot that VRT was airing in other countries and that they tried to get vote this way.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

I was obviously referring to Mustii who was airing everywhere.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

And? Mustii didn’t try any “activism”. VRT did and rightfully.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

Mustii just had one word on his arm that you could barely see. And from what I know wishing for peace is something I would call basic humanism.

Boreal
Boreal
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Or try witchcraft!! 😀

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Boreal

Also good. Worked three times this year.

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

: )

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Lol Eden Goland vocals were very off too but she advanced because of pity and political votes alone
Shame on everyone that supports the gen‘0‘side

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Retkoceri

She has the chance to shine even brighter on Saturday when you’ll witness her 400 televote points. I know you’ll be happy for her.

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

At the start she sounded a bit nervous, but already soon after and until the end she shined. Strong young women.

Eden and the dancers were very authentic.
I love the simple clothes, basic shorts and loose shirts of the dancers.
And their facial expressions are everything.

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Everyone knows it will be bot votes, no one will take the result serious if Israel wins, only thing it will do is destroy the contest but that‘s completely EBU‘s own fault
You can buy votes but you will never make people forget what Israel is doing right now

noahxna
noahxna
1 month ago
Reply to  Retkoceri

Protests also push right leaning people to vote Israel.

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
1 month ago

I hope juries sink Israel now. Unless Moroccan oil spends more dirty money that is

The truth
1 month ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

Money talks and playing the victim also helps.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

I understand they had to show this in regards to the recent Rafah offensive and Al-Jazeera services in Israel being closed down, but this statement comes rather too late for EBU to do anything now.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago

They got what they deserved. Goodbye!

Elisheva
Elisheva
1 month ago

Funny how people think that barring Israel from fighting a terrorist organization that threatens the west as a whole will bring “peace”.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Elisheva

People don’t think that, both the televote and the reaction in the arena show that public overwhelmingly understands the situation and supports Israel.

It’s the same minority that’s been going on about peace in Ukraine but letting Russia kill them, that spreads this message about Israel.

Karl
Karl
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

Those cheers for Israel were fake. They used the anti-booing system for TV. My friends who were at the arena took videos of how loudly people were booing for Israel.
The EBU is shameless.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Elisheva

Go ahead and sl@ughter 600 000 children living in Rafah if reluctancy is the best solution on your mind.

blueeyed
blueeyed
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

There were 171 899 residents in Rafah in year 2017. So how could it be 600 000 children there? You’re making numbers and we’re not buying your bullcrap.

ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC
1 month ago

Hats off to VRT! This really warmed my heart!

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

Kudos Belgium.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
1 month ago

It amazes me that much like the UK last year that a country internally selects an artist that is simply not up to the job. Do the selectors have no clue.

Mom
Mom
1 month ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

Well he is able to sing, he just picked a song that he is not able to perform well enough for a singing competition.

Salmon the sardine
Salmon the sardine
1 month ago

Karma is a bit@ch 🙂

TheOnlyOne
TheOnlyOne
1 month ago

So true haha – all haters have collacsed in the oddes – Nemo, Juust, Marina ….

Boreal
Boreal
1 month ago

Trying to blame politics for having a poor quality song and performance. Simply pathetic. Try harder Belgium next time.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Boreal

They’re not trying anything here except saying the truth 🙂 We understood here in Belgium that we weren’t getting through.

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

Bravo Belgium! Proud of my winner Mustii!

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

amm he lost…

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

He said “my winner” read again

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago

Isn’t it strange how Belgium was disqualified and Israel moved to the finals shortly after this happened?

Salmon the sardine
Salmon the sardine
1 month ago

Because? Because Jews control the world? Lol

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
1 month ago

They weren’t disqualified. They didn’t qualify. There’s a big difference.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago

Very strange. Countries qualifying and not qualifying during a vote? Highly suspicious, that has never happened before!

Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
1 month ago

While I do question actions of the country often rightly criticized for what they’re doing at the moment, I also believe there is a time and place for such conversations, critique and actions. Eurovision Song Contest is not one of those moments and places. The desire to politicize every segment of our lives is something I do not support either and this includes our song contest.

Karl
Karl
1 month ago
Reply to  Vladimir P.

Children being starved to death by a gen0cidal regime beg to differ.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Don’t worry, Israel is working hard on liberating them from you-know-who and soon they’ll enjoy the same protections as many Arabs who have been living peacefully in Israel for decades.

Calp
Calp
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

And saying this in Eurovision is going to change… what?

Green
Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Vladimir P.

Supportin a country going through a gen•cide is not politicizing every part of our lives

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

Italy’s televote went 39% for Israel. And in Austria it was 43% for Israel.
Something’s up.

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Where did you get the info about Austria?

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Yes, something’s up – people are pushing against the bullying and antisemitism. Ironically, the anti-Israel trolls may have just made Israel win Eurovision this year.

Norman Fair
Norman Fair
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Have these figures been released or where are these percentages from?

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Not true about Austria, you are making things up

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

I voted for Hurricane because i love the song and Art, style and class.
And Eden and the dancers were everything i love to see in a performance.

Green
Green
1 month ago

Plss if that country wins this year i pray eurovision will never happen again. Giving the win to a country that is currently commiting a gen•cide is against all the values this contest claims to hold

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Green

Palestine isn’t participating, so don’t worry, a country that is currently committing gcd will not get the win.

Green
Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

Yeah your delusional self propably has a hard time acknowledging the 12.000 children Isntreal has kill3d, not to mention all the adults and elders

Marco
Marco
1 month ago

Sour loser

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Marco

It was before semi final you møron. You just have to read the title.

Marco
Marco
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

You have to use more brain cells to understand my comment. It is not as straightforward as you think

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
1 month ago

EBU failed and this will sink the contest. It has for me if Israel win. It’s a song contest and yet again the main talking point is war
The contest I loved is no longer

Marco
Marco
1 month ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

About the time to adjust yourself to new reality. We will have more conflicts in the future. Europe is a unicorns and rainbows no more.

ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC
1 month ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

Couldn’t agree more!

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

This wouldn’t have happened if antisemites haven’t tried to bully Eden and bring drama into the contest. Israel would be somewhere in the second half of top 10 if some people didn’t feel the need to politicise the whole think and keep mumbling about a nonexistent gen°cide.

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

I don’t think that was the reason yesterday.

Yesterday’s live performance was pure class and art.
It was even more beautiful than I expected. It stood out.

And I think many others felt the same.

Agree with your last part about ridiculous politicising by the people who don’t want a political contest.