The Icelandic band Hatari created a stir at Eurovision 2019 when they displayed banners in support of Palestine when cameras panned to them during an announcement of Iceland’s points, highlighting the controversial nature of this year’s competition hosted in Tel Aviv, Israel.
„My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace,“ the statement continued.
This year, 41 participates from from 41 countries will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Tel Aviv. First Semi-final on 14 May. Second Semi-final on 16 May. Grand Final on 18 May.