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Icelandic flaggviftande may be punished by the EBU

the Members of the icelandic Hatari waving banners with the name of ”Palestine” and the palestinian flag colors and patterns when the tv cameras swept across the so-called green room, where artists wait between framförandena and during the vote.

In section 2.6 in the Eurovision song contest rulebook is clear that the performers were not allowed to express political messages.

”Eurovisionstävlingen is a non-political event, and this goes directly against the rules of the contest. Bandrollerna was quickly removed and the consequences of this action will be discussed in the advisory board (the competition board) after the race,” writes the european tv union, EBU in a statement early Sunday morning, according to several media outlets.

Even the world known to the Madonna, which stood for a mellannummer, criticised by the EBU to have had with the palestinian flag at his performance. It sat on the back of one of the artists in the show.

Madonna with rapparten Quavo during an intermission. Photo: Orit Pnini/AFP

in the politically explosive Israel had given rise to speculation in advance of the possibility of gambit and markings of various kinds. Many have voiced criticism that the contest would be arranged in the country.

In april, wrote 171 Swedish artists and cultural workers in a petition to boycott ESC in Israel.

Also members of the band Hatari have signed a petition against to the competition would be held in the country and said that they would use their influence to criticize the israeli foreign policy. The group has not hidden its propalestinska posture.

Why the israeli organization Shurat HaDin stop Iceland's contribution.

" There is a fine line to be drawn, said Hataris member Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson to DN a few days ago regarding the EBU's politikförbud.

– There is no great effort to see the repression and the apartheid system.

Haraldsson said while the group was still set to comply with the acquis and does not convey a political message.

it now became the group kept thus, until Palestine-banners for the cameras.

about Madonna's political flaggmarkering and notes that ”eyebrows were raised” among israeli commentators that there were dancers in the artist's number who wore gas masks.

the Jerusalem Post, another newspaper in the country, also highlight selections from the Madonna and Hatari, as well as the EBU's statement. The newspaper writes that the icelandic band has been openly critical of Israel in the months.

the Icelandic Morgunbladid notes to the palestinian banners attracted great attention and has interviewed Klemens Hannigan, one of the members of Hatari, after the race.

"this was not the bomb," says Hannigan of the palestinian flag.

the a – Bomb was the song.

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