30 EU MPs urge exclusion of Israel from Eurovision 2024

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BRUSSELS — Nearly 30 members of the European Parliament (EU) urged the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to apply union standards and exclude Israel from the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024, as was done with Russia, Amad reported.اضافة اعلان

On Tuesday, the Left-Wing Spanish Political Party, Podemos, issued an official statement to the EBU, asserting, "The European Broadcasting Union expressed its desire for Eurovision to remain a non-political event where artists and presenters compete, not governments."

The statement indicated that Eurovision has exercised its right of veto against Russia's participation in the contest since 2022, in response to the commencement of Russia's military operation in Ukraine.

Members of the EU concluded, stating, "We urge the Broadcasting Union to act fairly and apply the same standards when making decisions. Therefore, we request a reconsideration of the decision to allow Israel to participate in the Eurovision festival."

In January, over 1,400 representatives of the Finnish music industry signed a petition to Finland’s Public Broadcasting Corporation (YLE) , urging for influence on EBU and advocating for the prevention of Israel's participation in the music competition.

Furthermore, In December 2023, the Icelandic magazine ‘Iceland Review’ reported that the Icelandic Association of Authors and Composers (ISAC) requested the Icelandic National Broadcasting Corporation (RUV) not to participate in Eurovision 2024 if Israel was among the participants.

Notably, the Eurovision 2024 contest is scheduled to take place in the city of Malmö, Sweden, in May.

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