Israel chooses Eurovision act amid boycott calls

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Singer Eden Golan has been chosen to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest, as organizers face calls to ban the country over the war in Gaza.

Axar.az reports that Golan, 20, was selected for a TV talent show after performing Aerosmith's I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.

She dedicated the song to the more than 130 Israeli hostages still being held in Gaza. "We won't truly be OK until everyone returns home," she said.

But musicians in several countries have called for Israel to be suspended.

In December, Iceland's Association of Composers and Lyricists published a statement saying Israel's military action in Gaza made its participation incompatible with an event "characterized by joy and optimism".

A petition calling for Israel to be expelled has garnered about 10,000 signatures - almost 3% of the country's population. If Israel is allowed to perform, Iceland should pull out, it said.

2024.02.08 / 20:54
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