Eurovision 2024: Irish Candidate Demands Expulsion Of Eden Golan Hours Before Final

Eurovision 2024: Irish Candidate Demands Expulsion Of Eden Golan Hours Before Final
Eurovision 2024: Irish Candidate Demands Expulsion Of Eden Golan Hours Before Final

The public channel Kan indicates that at the request of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Eden Golan and the rest of the Israeli delegation were transferred to another room in the enclosure reserved for the candidates and their entourage.

According to a statement from Kan, Eden Golan and the other Israelis “are focused solely on their performance tonight and doing everything possible to ensure that it is professional and represents Israel in the most honorable and appropriate manner.” Citing unnamed members of the delegation, the Ynet news site claims that the EBU asked the Israelis to move in order to separate Ms. Golan from her Irish competitor Bambie Thug, “who was angry with Israel.”

Shortly before Kan’s announcement, Bambie Thug complained about the Israeli commentators during their performance, claiming that their remarks violated the rules of the competition and that Eden Golan should therefore be disqualified. “I’m angry because other teams broke EBU rules and were still allowed to participate,” Bambie Thug told Irish broadcaster RTE. “So there is a war drum beating in my heart to push the performance even further than I have done so far.” An RTE spokesperson says the Irish channel has not registered a complaint demanding the ouster of Mr Golan, as advocated by Bambie Thug. Before speaking to RTE, Bambie Thug posted an Instagram story saying they didn’t do a dress rehearsal. “The EBU took this matter seriously and we discussed what action to take,” added Bambie Thug, who, before the semi-final, said he had been forced by the EBU to erase the pro-Palestinian inscriptions from his face and his leg. Ireland is one of the European countries most hostile to Israel for its war against Hamas in Gaza. Bambie Thug said before the competition, “I think if I didn’t compete, I would boycott too.”

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