Tag Archive for Eurovision Song Contest

Israel’s Eurovision pick drops out over compulsory rehearsals on Shabbat

The Shalva group, which includes members who are blind and have Down syndrome, says the European Broadcasting Union discriminate against Orthodox Jews after denying their request for scheduling changes and staging compulsory rehearsals on the Jewish Sabbath.

By the Associated Press


An Israeli band that includes musicians with special needs has dropped out of the Eurovision Song Contest because it would force some of its observant members to perform on a Saturday, the Jewish day of rest.

The Shalva group said Wednesday it’s quitting Israel’s qualifying competition after the Eurovision organizers said it would make no exceptions for the Jewish state’s ultimate winner. Continue Reading »

50 UK artists call on BBC to boycott 2019 Eurovision from Israel

More than 50 British ‘culture figures’ sign protest letter insisting the BBC cancel their planned televised coverage of the yearly singing contest because, in their opinion, the hosting country Israel, ‘violates Palestinian human rights.’

By Danit Zamit


More than 50 British musicians, authors and prominent figures in the film industry have called on the BBC not to broadcast the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest because it will be hosted by Israel.

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, singer Peter Gabriel, film director Ken Loach and writer Mike Leigh are among the celebrities who signed a letter calling to ban this year’s contest, which will take place in May in Tel Aviv. Continue Reading »