Eurovision final mired in controversy

Eurovision final mired in controversy
Eurovision final mired in controversy

The final of the Eurovision song contest began on Saturday evening in Sweden, where around a hundred demonstrators against Israel’s participation gathered near the Malmö Arena.

In the performance hall, the performance of the Israeli candidate, Eden Golan, was greeted with a mixture of boos and bravos, before continuing calmly.

Outside, the police, present in large numbers, dispersed pro-Palestinian demonstrators, including climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has recently increased her positions on the issue. In the streets of Sweden’s third city, which has the largest community of Palestinian origin in the country, more than 5,000 people, according to the police, marched peacefully to protest against Israel’s participation.

To ensure the security of the event – and the 100,000 fans expected from 90 countries, the Malmö police mobilized reinforcements from throughout the Scandinavian country but also from Denmark and Norway.

The Israeli candidate, Eden Golan, 20, won her ticket to the final on Thursday evening with the song “Hurricane“, the initial version of which had to be modified because it was considered to allude to the Hamas attack which bloodied Israel on October 7.

Before the semi-final, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu judged that Eden Golan had “already won“, saluting her in a video message for confronting “successfully a horrible wave of anti-Semitism“. She was second among the favorites on Saturday.

With the exclusion of the Dutch candidate Joost Klein, a first in the history of the competition, twenty-five countries will compete to succeed Sweden as winner of this competition which was followed in 2023 by 162 million viewers. .

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