September 17, 2019

A Tale of Two Performances

“After all was said and done, the Eurovision Song Contest went off spectacularly. Flags of nations were waved side by side, and for a few hours countless people left their everyday lives to be transported to an event that represents harmony, unity and diversity. And what a show it was! Though my candidate did not win, the contest was indeed entertaining and joyous.

That is not to say that political displays were not unveiled during the contest. The Icelandic band Hatari, whose members are quite vocal in their animosity towards Israel, held up Palestinian flags during the voting tally. Madonna, likewise, had two of her performers wear Israeli and Palestinian flags on their costumes. While the contest itself is supposed to be free of political statements, it is important to notice the difference in approach between Hatari and Madonna.

Hatari has made their dislike of Israel well known, and it appears that their bias has turned into an obsession. Before even landing in the country, the members of the band criticized and demonized Israel to anyone who would listen. After arriving in Israel, they took a tour of Hebron and claimed that they were confronted with the reality of ‘apartheid’ during their trip. Firstly, Hatari is far from being unbiased when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Any statements from them pertaining to the ever complex Israel-Palestinian conflict should be taken with a grain of salt. This is abundantly clear in the fact that they chose to use the term ‘apartheid’ in their musings.”

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