Icelandic broadcaster fined over Hatari’s Palestinian flag waving – Israel Information

Iceland's Hatari unveils "Palestine" banners on camera whilst receiving their score, Eurovision 2019

Iceland’s Hatari unveils “Palestine” banners on digicam while receiving their rating, Eurovision 2019.
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Iceland’s Public Broadcasting authority introduced that the European Broadcasting Union have fined it in 5,000 euros, following the elevating of Palestinian flags by controversial band Hatari on the finish of the Eurovision Music Contest.

In response to the Icelandic broadcaster’s assertion, the delegation did every thing in its energy to forestall members of the band from performing provocative actions.

The group is described on the Eurovision web site as being an “anti-capitalist, BDSM, techno-dystopian, efficiency artwork collective.”

Hatari informed Eurovision “We can’t change issues, however we will unveil the anomie of neoliberal society, the pointlessness of each minute spent within the futile race, and the low value for which man now sells himself ever extra blatantly. We will scream at our personal impotence, scream at our collective sleepwalk via routine, and implore our viewers to unite, shoulder to shoulder, and dance. Dance, principally, or die.”

The 2019 Eurovision contest was held in Tel Aviv in Might. Israel had the possibility to host the competitors after Netta Barzilai gained the competition in 2018 together with her music “Toy.”

Hatari was outspoken about its criticism of Israel and introduced it deliberate to protest on stage previous to the competition. Throughout the announcement of televotes, the group waved banners lined in Palestinian flags that stated “Palestine.”

The Hatari members weren’t the primary ones to wave the Palestinian flag. Earlier within the competitors, two of Madonna’s dancers displayed the Palestinian flag throughout her efficiency of the music “Future.”

European Broadcasting Union, which oversees Eurovision, condemned each of the flag waving incidents. Nevertheless, there have been no experiences of Madonna being fined or penalized for her dancers’ actions.

After the competition, Madonna tweeted, “I’m grateful. For the chance to unfold the message of peace and unity with the world.”

Ezra Taylor and Amy Spiro contributed to this report. 

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