Photo: Corinne Cumming / EBU

Israel’s Eurovision 2024 delegation has accused fellow delegations of “an unprecedented display of hatred.” In a statement sent to BBC News, a spokesperson from Israel’s broadcaster KAN said their experience was marred by anti-Israeli behaviour from other participants. 

“This year, the Israeli delegation faced immense pressure and an unprecedented display of hatred, notably from other delegations and artists, publicly and collectively, solely because of the simple fact that we are Israelis and that we were there,” it said.

“However, throughout the journey, the delegation maintained a dignified and respectful approach towards artists and other delegations, striving to foster unity around music while adhering to the competition’s rules, unlike some other delegations.”

Israel’s Eurovision delegation accuses artists of “hatred”

The statement from the Israeli broadcaster comes days after other delegations publicly complained about the behaviour of the Israeli delegation.

Magnus Børmark, the guitarist for the Norwegian band Gåte, criticised the security arrangements for Israel, saying that they didn’t always feel peaceful.

“It seemed as if there was one set of rules for Israel, another for the rest,” Magnus said. “There is something wrong when you experience it. The artists should not have to have a crisis meeting with the EBU.”

We still don’t know what was discussed at that crisis meeting. But we do know that the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS lodged a complaint with the EBU about an “unsafe environment” prior to their act being disqualified. They did not say which country or officials fostered that environment. 

The Dutch team also accused Israel’s delegation of filming them and sharing clips online without their permission.

In one widely circulated video, an Israeli news anchor is seen filming members of the Dutch team even after a security guard asks him to stop. 

On Monday, in their first statement since the conclusion of this year’s event, the EBU confirmed that it’s going to reflect on the ongoing crisis and that the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group will evaluate individual cases. The EBU said:

“We regret that some delegations at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Malmö didn’t respect the spirit of the rules and the competition both onsite and during their broadcasts.

“We spoke to a number of delegations during the event regarding various issues that were brought to our attention.”

“The EBU’s governing bodies will, together with the heads of delegations, review the events surrounding the ESC in Malmö to move forward in a positive way and to ensure the values of the event are respected by everyone.

“Individual cases will be discussed by the event’s governing body, the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group made up of representatives from participating broadcasters, at its next meeting.”

 

Separate to questions regarding the behaviour of delegations, the Dutch broadcaster and representatives from RTP — the Portuguese broadcaster — have taken issue with the EBU’s use of fake applause when hiding the booing of the Israeli contestant. They say this distorts reality.

Nicolau Santos from RTP said: “For an organization like the EBU, and for an organization like RTP and the European public media service whose flag is the fight against fake news, misinformation, and information manipulation, it is unacceptable that this is possible. Using this method distorts reality.”

 

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Stian F
Stian F
28 days ago

Oh once again… always the victim NEVER the perpetrator!!! Classic I s r a e l for sure. LoL.

Cos
Cos
28 days ago

Israël should have stayed home and enjoy their own home entertainment this year. All these negatives problems could’ve been avoided. There’s already a lot of negative’s comments going on before they participate with their entry. Is not that their not being warned. They insisted, so they have to accept all the consequences . Don’t complain when fans don’t support their entry and don’t play a victim here

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
28 days ago
Reply to  Cos

H*itler had to finish his job anf our problems would gone away. Now we have to  accept all the consequences.

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
28 days ago

(sarcasm alert)

Stian F
Stian F
28 days ago

Very bad example of “sarcasm” ….makes you look like a horrible person.

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
28 days ago
Reply to  Stian F

Yes wanted to delete it rigth away.
But u get the point

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago

Omg the comment section is such a cesspool

vetrina
vetrina
29 days ago

Zionist tears.. ..

Raul
Raul
29 days ago
Reply to  vetrina

Racist

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  vetrina

It’s the same thing like Spanish português latino . So what ? They defend the nation one of the oldest on the world .

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  vetrina

Why do you say “Zionist” as if it’s bad? Zionism is agreeing to Jews having their own state. Oh, wait…

Darren
Darren
28 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

Radical Zionism, such as that pushed by Ben Gver and Bibi places Zionism above everyone else, it’s also expansionist and isn’t happy with what it already has, it wants more, even if that land belongs to someone else. I don’t think anyone here is Anti-Zionist or Anti-Israel. However they are against the absolute sh!t sprouted by the guys I listed above, the superiority complex and their actions towards the people of Palestine. Sure, Zionism is the opinion that Jews should have a state, but like in everything, and every national ideology, it is open to radicalism, and facism, and that… Read more »

ete sech
ete sech
27 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Mucho texto

Darren
Darren
27 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

Perhaps if you read, you’d understand. Ignorance is why we are this point just now.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

@Darren. My respect for your words.

Eva
Eva
29 days ago

The jury boycotted Israel and Ukraine and gave few points to Croatia. All this because they wanted Metler to win. The result should be canceled because the competition rules were broken. Wiwibloggs should write about the violation of the competition rules and the open boycott of Israel and Ukraine by the jury. Please cancell the rigged result

Raul
Raul
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Thats correct . Eurovision this year has been the perfect exemple how the west is abandoning who is fighting for us

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
28 days ago
Reply to  Eva

When the jury verdict correlates with the media, they don’t write about it.
Let’s not forget the Nowrian judge Declaration – not voting for Israel no matter what. (and i didnt see it on WIWI either)

Raul
Raul
28 days ago

Yep but at this moment I understand that wiwi like Iran

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago

Wiwi’s coverage of the contest, especially regarding Israel has been disappointing this year

Anya
Anya
22 days ago

Do you mean Norway? Their jury gave Israel eight points.

Eva
Eva
29 days ago

Why was Israel second among bookmakers? And why was Croatia first among bookmakers? Because the bookmakers did not foresee the consequences of fraud, Israel was clearly boycotted by the jury and Metler favored The rules of the competition were broken Therefore the results should be annulled

Darren
Darren
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Israel was only second in the odds after Italy revealed the televote early. Spurning people on to start betting on it. It was an easy bet. Doesn’t mean anything in the slightest.

In any other year, and any other country, Eden would have finished mid table at best, 10-15.

Eva
Eva
29 days ago
Reply to  Darren

You are talking nonsense, you must be blind not to see the open boycott of Israel by the jury

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

We all feel like Darren. You are part of a very small minority clearly being delusional. Fake news Trump style

Eva
Eva
29 days ago
Reply to  DJdjdj

Speak for yourself, not for all people Many more people voted for Israel than for Metler

Darren
Darren
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

It’s Mettler, and they go by the name Nemo

But anyway, as you know, televote isn’t the total vote, it’s only half. When televote and jury vote where combined, as per the rules of deciding a winner at Eurovision, Nemo, had the most, and as the winner is decided by who has the most points overall, NEMO was the winner of Eurovision, as they had the most points at the end of the process.

Cope.

Eva
Eva
29 days ago
Reply to  Darren

You dont know what I’m talking about. I say that the jury boycotted Israel and Ukraine and gave such an advantage to Mettler that peoples voring cant overtake him. It wasn’t a half-and-half vote of the jury and people, it was just the jury’s decision that Metler won . And people should also have the power to decide. Moreover, no country should be boycotted because of politics. That’s why I consider the result to be false – people’s votes did not count and Israel was boycotted. No one has ever won from fifth place with people like Metler. Neither has… Read more »

Darren
Darren
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

The jury voted for the best songs. As is their job.
Congratulations to NEMO and Switzerland. Well deserved.

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Nope . They vote for the one that could prevent Israel winning. There were much better songs than Switzerland : France Ukraine Portugal Arménia Greece Italy or yep Israel . The Swiss song was a mix rithms

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
28 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Far right in Western Europe voted for this song … not something to be proud of

Mameuh
Mameuh
27 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Oh because the isral song was better? LOL

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  Darren

They ? Were there 2 on the stage . No . It was a guy n Nemo . Períod . Im gay im a man. he is gay he a man he lines to were whatefver he wants . Fine to me . But he isnt they . It’s 1 person . All this agenda is going to destroy what we have fought for years . …. Respect and same rights . I am married have one child with my man . And im getting afraid becsuse people gare get f tired

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Sorry for my english. My corrector is in portuguese but I think you all understand my idea . Of course there is also people that change their gender. Fine . Good . But they arent two . They are Still one

Darren
Darren
28 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Hate to break it to you, but non-binary is a thing. You’ll have to accept just like people had to accept us.

Nemo can be whatever they want, and it’s up to people like us, who have been in that position to stand up for humanity and decency.
Just because us gays have it easy (easier) these days, doesn’t mean we have to lose our empathy.
You’re married with a kid now, so fk everyone else I guess.
You do that, leave this to others.

Raul
Raul
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

I didn’t like Switzerland …. I prefer France and Israel and my country Portugal . Like class acts instead of guysrunning around and girls screaming im a with

Darren
Darren
28 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Switzerland was art. Everything about the performance, the mixing of genres, the balancing act staging, was a nod to Nemo, how they struggled to find their place, before realizing that they are somewhere in the middle.
Worthy winner, and a Eurovision moment that is up there with Conchita, and Dana International before that.

Stian F
Stian F
28 days ago
Reply to  Eva

I am sorry but the professional jury is there to award original songs, concepts that differ and reward the stuff that the unprofessionals (the casual tv-viewers do not appreciate). My this criterias the Israelis song is a generic ballad about love in the English language. There is no way that the song is good enough, based on criterias to deserve a top 10 with juries. Songs that deservedly got the jury points this year were Switzerland (for blending genres, best written lyrics of the year and an overall amazing stage presentation and perfect vocals), Portugal (for it’s artsy approach, perfect… Read more »

Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
29 days ago

And the Israeli delegation was full of love, especially towards the Dutch delegation?

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  Vladimir P.

The dutch guy was um profissional tosares a women from EBU. Second the dutch guy is Well know és for dont like exposition. Só in first place what was he doing there?

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
29 days ago

They only got what they deserve…
Maybe don’t come back next year ?

Eva
Eva
29 days ago
Reply to  DJdjdj

This should be a song contest, not politics. Boycotting Israel by the jury and favoring Metler is a violation of the competition rules. Therefore, the result should be invalid. Do they disqualify the Netherlands but accept the jury’s boycott of Israel?

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Reading all your comment here clearly you are being delusional. The only thing I saw was Israel hysteria. How could such a mediocre song with a bland staging win ??? Hate, covered by a so called’love’- layer.
One wonder how much more we can take…

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Why should she have been boycotted by the jury?
The song, the vocals and the staging were just ok.Nothing bad.

But it still stays generic, not very original and we have seen this already before.
It could have won ESC in the 00’s.
Or maybe a X-factor show anywhere on the planet for that matter.

Eden became 5th and thats a very decent score.
Deal with it.

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  DJdjdj

Yes ! Israel
Out ! Iran in

Samira
Samira
29 days ago

Pot calling the kettle black much?

Kick those imbeciles out of the contest for good

Raul
Raul
29 days ago
Reply to  Samira

Samira a beautiful name from morocco . Stand with Israel and the western world babe

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
29 days ago
Reply to  Samira

You are so right !

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  Samira

Congratulation Samira . To y, your husband. And his other 3 wives. And theyr 33 sons all mames mohamed . But nome of them can be called Dana International or Conchita

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Don’t forget the husband’s goat mistress

Darren
Darren
28 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

That comment is vile!

JCM
JCM
28 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Cala-te! Não envergonhes mais Portugal e os portugueses…

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
28 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Wow great comment. As if all muslîms were like that. Traditional Jews just hate Dana international or Conchita too….

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
29 days ago

Israel should consider applying as a new member of the Big 6. I think it will help mold the contest more favorably to their cause if they want.

Raul
Raul
29 days ago

Theyr cause : 1400 at 7 oct/ dezzengoff center/1996 /13 Israelis . Café lgbt moment/2022/ 11 Israelis / maalot/1974/ 27 Israelis /discoteque Dolphins / 2001/ 16 israelis. Restaurant maxim / 2003 / 21 Israelis . Sbarro/ 2001/ 16 Israelis . lod Aeroport / 1972/ 26 Israelis Harav market/ 2008 / 11 Israelis . Sinagog at Jerusalem/ 2023 / 7 israelis

Is that your cause ?

Do you want me to continue ?

World trade center- 3000
London 2005 – 54
Paris 2015 – 137

Is that your cause ?

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
29 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Awful off course. But there is another number: 35.000 and still counting …

Nadiia
Nadiia
29 days ago
Reply to  DJdjdj

I think he was only talking about one-day t.error att.cks.
In war over 100.000 israeli were k..lled.

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  Nadiia

Thats true . It’s like if people dont thin k and lost memory . Do you forget afghanistan ? Iraq ? They are all blaming Israel but rad/i/calism surround us

Darren
Darren
28 days ago
Reply to  Raul

I thought you were Portuguese?

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  DJdjdj

Do you know what ? I just give you some examples. But I can give you more Mozambique 12.5 thousand.
Moscow 2024 – 90
Best example just check the African center for strategic studies . In the last 12 months the number was 22238 . Each year around 20000 . And we dont see no one on the streets do we

Darren
Darren
29 days ago
Reply to  Alaska

What an absolute dumpster fire that all was when you put it all together.

And the cause of it all was so glaringly obvious.

F**k the EBU

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
29 days ago
Reply to  Alaska

Gabe is a Hero!!

Cirro
Cirro
29 days ago

L hôpital qui se moque de la charité !

Alex
Alex
29 days ago

Where is the evidence though?

Meanwhile half of the delegations are speaking of harassment from Israelis in the press room and dressing rooms.

Babybell
Babybell
29 days ago
Reply to  Alex

We quite literally have evidence of bullying on camera.

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  Alex

W …o …. K….e / left extremist . Thats Why Europe is turning right

Darren
Darren
28 days ago
Reply to  Raul

As gay man like you say you are, married to a man with a kid of your own.

You should be extremely worried about Europe turning right.

ete sech
ete sech
27 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Why, though? You have no problem supporting an Islamic and homophobic theocracy you clown

Darren
Darren
27 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

Why does stupid people like you think that because you don’t want to see thousands of people die, you must be supporting a “homophobic theocracy?”

And what? Because they are “homophobic” they should be wiped out?

Such a silly cvnt you are eh?

#FreePalestine

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Alex

I mean, the other delegations haven’t mostly shown any evidence either, it could be mobbing for all we know

Mikael
Mikael
29 days ago

So when will Eden’s “October Rain”-version of the song be on Spotify ? (Not that I want to hear it).

Heikki
Heikki
29 days ago

Hatred… Wow, all of a sudden?! How come this country that has been taking part in ESC since 1973, has won 4 times, has consistently ranked well, is only now lamenting of discrimination? Of course, nothing to do with a certain onslaught… The audacity!

Eva
Eva
29 days ago
Reply to  Heikki

And what about Israel’s discriminations in the jury’s voting? I think that the jury’s vote should be invalidated

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Come on gurl. Their entry wasnt anything new since the invention of sliced bread.
It was on the same level as Luxenbourgh or Greece.

It wasnt bad, though.
Could have won in 2011.

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  FizzPunk

Welll better than fast food music like Europapa . BASIC

Sun
Sun
28 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Do not expose so much ignorance there were 12 tribes

NickC
NickC
29 days ago

It is almost like the bully in a class spoiled by the teacher because his parents paid for the school. Shame on you EBU.

Bejba
Bejba
30 days ago

If This Norwegian Crybabys Did Top 10 They Would Not Complain For “ MisTreatment “ , They Are A Big Looser Who Cant Admit Defeat

Bejba
Bejba
30 days ago

I Had A Few Nights To Think About It And My Conclusion Is That Izrael Is The Worst Country With The Best Preformence . Eden Was A Queen And Stood Strong Against The Sweaty Loser Jowst . All Of This Complaning Is Becauze This Artiste Didnt Win , Like Really Norway You Are The Last Place Just Shut Up So Irelewant . No One Cares For A Flops Opinon . I Think It Would Be Best Situecion If Izrael Won In A LandSlide Wictory , Because It Means The End Of The Eurowision . But Eden Would Be Very Deserved… Read more »

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
29 days ago
Reply to  Bejba

The whole of the EBU & the Eurovision fandom had a seizure trying to decipher these hieroglyphics…

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

Amaan . Had you pray to al.lah today ? Meanwhile between the 5 time prazer a day you have to work

Axel
Axel
30 days ago

KAN filmed themselves and published videos where they were bullying other delegations, but hatred was against them?!

Dane
Dane
30 days ago
Reply to  Axel

there was hatred on both sides. how can people not see that? it’s not black and white.

Axel
Axel
29 days ago
Reply to  Axel

I see the bots are back!

Eva
Eva
30 days ago

Metler’s favoritism and disregard for Israel by the jury is not the reason for the canceled results?

Herr_SW5
Herr_SW5
30 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Do please shut up. Also it’s METTLER or, preferably, just Nemo.

Eva
Eva
30 days ago
Reply to  Herr_SW5

Did wiwi moderating approving yours -shut up? The truth hurts? For me, Metler is not a winner because he won unfairly

Raul
Raul
28 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Wiwi only block when we defend Israel

Eva
Eva
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Nemo is a fish and people will always associate name Nemo with a fish. And if Metler had any honor, he would give up winning because winning like that is a shame

Jonas
Jonas
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

I associate Nemo with Jules Verne, others study Latin.

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
29 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Its like saying – the first thing that pops in my mind when I hear “Mcdonald” is my neighbor’s name Pual Mcdonald, and not the restaurant

Eva
Eva
30 days ago

If they hadn’t excluded the Netherlands and if the jury hadn’t ignored Israel, Metler wouldn’t have won. Let’s cancel the results because there was fraud

Doris
Doris
30 days ago
Reply to  Eva

There was juries that totally ignore Israel for pure hate and others that were afraid of harassment, threats. Time to let the juries stay anonymous and never reveal individual voting. Jury vote has been totally disqualified this year and EBU banned the Netherlands only to give satisfaction to the haters by not letting Israel win the televote knowing Netherlands would have cost some points to Croatia.
At the end Israel should have won.

Eva
Eva
29 days ago
Reply to  Doris

If Netherlands were in the final, Metler would be even further down in people’s votes than he already was An open boycott of Israel in the jury vote should be a reason to invalidate the result. Can’t Eurovision fans protest to overturn Metler’s win?

Eva
Eva
30 days ago

Metler’s win is a fraud, why isn’t anyone talking about it? Why didn’t the jury vote for Israel? Is this supposed to be an honest vote or politics? Please cancel the results because it is a fraud

Herr_SW5
Herr_SW5
30 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Who the hell at Wiwi is moderating / approving this post? It’s been posted REPEATEDLY!

Laburnum
Laburnum
29 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Israel did receive jury votes tho?? Clearly just not as many as you’d like. Maybe the reason they didn’t get that many is bc it’s not actually that good of a song (regardless of its shameful pink washing lyrics). Don’t throw the toys out the pram bc you didn’t get the result you were looking for xoxo

Eva
Eva
29 days ago
Reply to  Laburnum

Why was Israel second among bookmakers? And why was Croatia first among bookmakers? Because the bookmakers did not foresee the consequences of fraud, Israel was clearly boycotted by the jury

Eva
Eva
29 days ago
Reply to  Laburnum

These ridiculous jury points for Israel you call giving Israel points? There was an open jury boycott against Izrael Besides, the entire jury vote was a set-up, few points for Italy, Ukraine and those were great songs way better than Metler

Nadiia
Nadiia
28 days ago
Reply to  Laburnum

Pink washing lyrics of Hurricane
???

Karl
Karl
30 days ago

The chutzpah!!

ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC
30 days ago

By the book … need I say more?

Karl
Karl
30 days ago

Israeli outlet Ynet confirms Eden Golan’s televote advertising campaign was organised by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
https://www.ynet.co.il/news/article/sykjyhaza

Eva
Eva
30 days ago
Reply to  Karl

Metler’s win is a fraud, why isn’t anyone talking about it? Why didn’t the jury vote for Israel? Is this supposed to be an honest vote or politics? Please cancel the results because it is a fraud

Samo
Samo
30 days ago

Eden and her team got through Eurovision graciously despite all the bullying and security threats, respect for that. EBU seriously needs to deal with Eurovision being used as a platform for antisemitism, as well as any political statements and gestures.

The funny thing is that all these people achieved was a great result for Israel, despite a very obvious jury bias. It’s good to see Europe standing up against the hate.

Nick
Nick
30 days ago
Reply to  Samo

If every critique against the Israeli regime is concidered as antisemetism, the regime can do whatwver without consequences for their actions. That is not a hea point of view. Very dangerous actually

Eva
Eva
30 days ago
Reply to  Samo

Metler’s win is a fraud, why isn’t anyone talking about it? Why didn’t the jury vote for Israel? Is this supposed to be an honest vote or politics? Please cancel the results because it is a fraud

RenAigu
RenAigu
30 days ago
Reply to  Samo

Nothing to do with anti-semitism for the vast majority of people critical of Israel’s part in the war with Palestine. Israel has been a welcome contender for most of recent history. What is different this year? Has there been a shift in Jewish doctrine? No, I believe not. To me it’s about the actions of the Israeli government, the Israeli delegation not doing anything to distance themselves from that (in the contrary I’d say), and now the misbehaviour of the delegation. For the sake of argument, I don’t even know for sure what religion Netanyahu or the Israeli delegation have.… Read more »

Herr_SW5
Herr_SW5
30 days ago
Reply to  RenAigu

QUITE!

Scotty
Scotty
30 days ago
Reply to  Samo

They weren’t those were far right votes, Isreal is no where to be seen in the UK music charts yet somehow we gave it 12, on the other hand Croatia, Switzerland, Ireland, Netherlands made it.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
29 days ago
Reply to  Scotty

Yes but you mention a couple of potential winner songs here. And Nemo took the ESC crown well deserved.

Joost is charting everywhere in top position.
So I hope this is compensating some of damages done to their team.

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
30 days ago

PS: the BBC Spotify podcast embedded above is pretty good. Williams command of English is amazing.

Pauly
Pauly
30 days ago

that hideous Israeli journalist (part of the KAN delegation) harassing the Dutch members and taking photos outside the Greek dressing room…. he should be BANNED. I can’t believe EBU is turning a blind eye.

Jack
Jack
30 days ago

The audacity to harass and mock others and still play the victim is just something beyond me. EBU made a huge mistake letting them in this year.

rrjym
rrjym
30 days ago

Time to DQ every country so Israel can compete with themselves 😉

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
29 days ago
Reply to  rrjym

An ideale pact would be Israel, Russia, Belarus and Azerbaijan.
So their propaganda machines would work overhours who is the best and the online trolls and botts will have a great time fighting eachother in the room.

EBU happy.

Jonas
Jonas
30 days ago

Vague Eurovision connection, but why not.

Let’s all watch this 50 minute piece from Riverdance producer John McColgan.

This is Palestine.

https://youtu.be/_jYL2kGN5Zk?si=Jvnd84u9WbZL8bKt

Cassette
Cassette
30 days ago

Wasn’t Eden Goldigger locked up in her hotel room with dozens of security.

How would she know if she faced unprecedented hate?

Eden was the one weaponising the Islamic community in places like Times Square NYC to win votes.

Jonas
Jonas
30 days ago
Reply to  Cassette

Goldigger?

That doesn’t even make sense in this context. Lazy.

Jimmy
Jimmy
30 days ago
Reply to  Cassette

What a disgusting slur against Jewish people.

Tired anti-semitic tropes and conspiracies. It’s pathetic. Get a grip of yourself.

Vasco
Vasco
30 days ago

😀 hipocritical bastards! Stay at home next year, please!

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
30 days ago

It was pretty clear at the semi final 2 press conference the hatred towards Israeli artist in the way the other artists body language and demeanor came across which was in my opinion a form of group bullying.

esc_fl
esc_fl
30 days ago

Gee, I wonder why people are upset about Israel’s song?

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
30 days ago

KAN, the original song – and therefore why current one, and the delegation openly support the war back at home. The non-Kan artists were being bombarded with questions about the situation in the middle east, and had to carry that political ‘can’ that the EBU pretended didn’t exist. The performer had no hatred forwards Eden, but they did not want to interact, as this interaction would be portrayed as supporting the war, and these taped interaction used against them as propaganda. I haven’t seen a single clip of anyone being rude to Eden. I have seen, and linked previously, many… Read more »

Doris
Doris
30 days ago

Totally right. EBU should in the future have a zero tolerance policy for hateful delgations, singers and journalists, fans booing.

Denis
Denis
30 days ago
Reply to  Doris

Then get rid of the Israeli delegation first..

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
30 days ago

Their foreign ministry was involved in their participation so don’t tell me we should seperate song and politics. Herzog himself pushed for a participation. And their preselection was full of politics. If they want to participate despite all this they shouldn’t wonder why no one wants to take pictures with them.

Ellen
Ellen
30 days ago

I mean… the hate was very obvious here. No one showed them any form of support. People mixed them up with Netanyahu’s government and blame all of his horrible actions on Eden. So they’re right to complain. On the other, we can’t deny some them acted like *ssh*les towards the other delegations

Joey
Joey
30 days ago

Of course, they’re playing the victim again. We literally saw what the bullies themselves posted on social media.

Alex
Alex
30 days ago

How about they start wondering why people hate them? This didn’t just come out of nowhere.

Dane
Dane
30 days ago
Reply to  Alex

I mean when someone is hated just because they are from a specific country then it comes out of nowhere.

Denis
Denis
30 days ago
Reply to  Dane

It is not out of nowhere though…

Dane
Dane
30 days ago
Reply to  Denis

when they’ve been doing it since the beginning of eurovision, then it’s out of nowhere. Many of the artists have been openly pro Palestine, and have distanced themselves from Israel from the start. Eden is from Israel and therefore she has been collectively treated differently by those artist and they have distanced themselves from her. Eden is not the government of Israel

Thanos
Thanos
30 days ago

Once again a massive downvoting campaign seems to be taking place. I suggest to the wiwi team to implement a like/dislike feature for the comments instead of the upvote downvote one. Being able to see how many likes+dislikes a comment has will also make it clear if bots have been voting

Alex
Alex
30 days ago
Reply to  Thanos

Atp if I get lots of downvotes from Israeli bots, that means I made a good point. I really stopped caring about them.

Herr_SW5
Herr_SW5
29 days ago
Reply to  Alex

This. It’s almost flattering.

jercle
jercle
30 days ago

In 1980, 1984 and 1997, Israel could not compete due to the contest date clashing with a remembrance day. Might be a good idea to schedule the 2025 grand final on the same date as an Israeli holiday (if possible.) That way, Israel won’t be able to compete but they won’t have been disqualified. If the dates work, sounds like an easy solution.

Darren
Darren
30 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Or or orrr crazy theory but…

The EBU could just grow balls and DQ them. Why is everyone so scared? Jeez

jercle
jercle
30 days ago
Reply to  Darren

It’s very, very clear now that the EBU is completely toothless. Kan could issue a statement tomorrow saying they rigged the televote and showing how they did it but the EBU will just issue a statement saying “there isn’t enough evidence to take any action.”

Darren
Darren
30 days ago
Reply to  jercle

I know and I agree

I just don’t get why. The sun will still rise the next day like..

jercle
jercle
30 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Oh, and the EBU is scared of being accused of anti-Semitism if they DQ Israel, plus Germany has said they will go if Israel is ever DQ’ed.

Darren
Darren
30 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Let Germany go. The contest would be fine. We shouldn’t be all held to rand some due to someone else’s generational guilt.

Scotty
Scotty
30 days ago
Reply to  jercle

If the ICC and UN condemn Israel of war crimes then the EBU literally has no leg to stand on they would have to ban them and surely if enough broadcasters threaten to withdraw then they will have no choice.

Alex
Alex
30 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Sorry to rain on the parade but Yom HaShoa 2025 is in late April.

Karworld
Karworld
30 days ago

Well, it’s not because it is Israel or you are Jewish, its because KAN is representing a country who is massacring and deplacing innocents out of their land. The mainstream would have done the same to any other country, whatever its name would be (the same applies for Russia). KANs participation would awaken political reactions no matter if a music contest, and that’s why it was an error by KAN and EBU allowing them to participate.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
30 days ago

Instead of talking about those who are successful after the contest and thanks to the contest, we are still on that….sad post esc this year

Gianni
Gianni
30 days ago

I have been to the West Bank a couple of times. You see the same behavior by Israeli settlers there—bullying Palestinians, provoking anger, filming the reactions, and then playing the victim once they snap. This typical Israeli behavior was also evident in Sweden. In the West Bank, these settlers get support from the army, and in Sweden, they got backing from the EBU.

Darren
Darren
30 days ago
Reply to  Gianni

Same. I was in Hebron for a few months last year.
I seen it all. Settlers videoing Palestinians sitting under a tree in the sun and shouting abuse at them, in the hope that they’d retaliate and start something. Among other things. It was truely eye opening, and I encourage anyone, especially the usual suspects here pushing a particular narrative, to go and experience it for themselves.

Gianni
Gianni
30 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Indeed! The worst aspect of this situation is the system of apartheid. Illegal Israeli settlers can easily go in and out of the West Banks, while Palestinians cannot. There are separate roads designated by licence plate color: yellow for Israelis and white for Palestinians! For Palestinians, it is almost impossible to travel from one place to another within tgeir own territorurs because the roads for white licence plates don’t connect. Insane! The Norwegian ESC delegation’s comments about “one set of rules for Israelis, and another for everyone else really reminds me of this apartheid system the Israelis have set up… Read more »

Darren
Darren
30 days ago
Reply to  Gianni

Exactly! I remember it all. I was in the old town, I got talking to a shop keeper there, nice guy, offered me coffee, I was only in looking at the stuff in his store, he told me about the guy on the roof across, I looked over and saw this civilian on the roof with a gun over his shoulder, the man said the guy was a settler but he’s been intimidating him for weeks and one night just fired shots at his store. Not long after I left and came back to Ireland, the guys store was burned… Read more »

Darren
Darren
30 days ago

I mean, the commentary team for KAN were inciting hatred by the comments they made about Bambie.
Making comments about their identity and saying “they don’t like Israel”- is that not inciting hatred and division by basically telling the Israeli public at home not to vote for Ireland?

In addition, the videos that are all over X showing their delagation and journalists openly antagonising others.

Takes balls to cry victim when you are also a perpetrator.

Let them complain, only looks like a delayed reaction to everyone else’s complaints which where submitted earlier.

Paul
Paul
30 days ago
Reply to  Darren

I wonder if they have complained to the EBU too or is this just an exercise of complaining to the media for their propaganda machine?

Darren
Darren
30 days ago
Reply to  Paul

More like a propaganda piece for the domestic audience.
“Look how much we where hated, this country hates us, that country hates us, we came in peace but where bullied but we triumphed” etc etc

If they where serious, they would have said so earlier, but the pressure from other broadcasters is mounting

David
David
30 days ago

They have the balls, the nerve, the audacity and the gumption to try to switch the narrative to being victims now? Girl bye

Erre
Erre
30 days ago

Do we believe one country or the 36 others?

Denis
Denis
30 days ago

So Israel is the Karen of ESC?

Hectore
Hectore
30 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Yaaaaaas