Madonna urged to boycott Eurovision with Papa Don’t Preach parody

The Eurovision 1957 presenter and her assistant during the voting

The Eurovision 1957 presenter and her assistant during the voting

In news that will probably shock no-one but is worth reporting anyway, Kate Miller-Heidke has made to the 2019 Eurovision Grand Final.

"We know that at a certain stage there was an attempt, apparently by Hamas, to commandeer our digital broadcast", Koblenz said, according to the UK's Guardian.

The preliminary rounds of the Eurovision Song Contest broadcast from the Israeli capital Tel Aviv on Tuesday were interrupted for some viewers by hackers, who issued a chilling missile attack warning.

The Palestinian political and militant faction Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since taking power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, did not comment about the incident.

The hack comes amid a violent flare up of tensions between Israel and Palestinians which began on May 4, when hundreds of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, further escalating tensions in the region.

Israel won the annual contest previous year with 529 points after Netta wowed the participating countries with the song Toy. Four Israelis and 25 Palestinians were killed during the escalation. To our regret, we were informed today of the loss of one of the workers participating in the preparations for our beloved contest, at the hosting venue of Expo Tel Aviv.

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"I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be", the singer said in a statement to Reuters.

It is unclear who was behind the attack, although some reports have speculated pro-Palestinian groups in Arab countries might have been involved.

The BDS - modelled after the South African anti-apartheid movement - was formed in 2005 by more than 200 Palestinian civil society organisations, urging non-violent pressure on Israel until it complies with global law.

Israel's government has tried to clamp down on opposition by launching a PR campaign using Google Ads which refers to the words "boycott" and "Eurovision", but leads to a glossy website extolling Israel as "Beautiful, Diverse, Sensational" - in a play on the BDS initials for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Demonstrators have vowed to continue their protests throughout the week's event. "So please Madonna don't go to Eurovision, Madonna don't go, make the right decision".

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