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Madonna News - April 2019

Madonna urged to boycott Eurovision Song Contest by Palestinian campaigners

An open letter has been published by a group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals in the West Bank calling on the Vogue singer to boycott the 18 May event over what it has claimed is the Israeli government’s continuing effort ‘to mask its deepening oppression of Palestinians’.

The 60-year-old is expected to hit the stage at the annual competition in Tel Aviv with the European Broadcasting Union confirming to Haaretz that the singer will perform two songs.

But the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) – part of a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign – has alleged her appearance would be used as propaganda by the Israeli government.

‘Palestinians hope that you will not undermine our struggle for freedom, justice and equality by performing at Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv, on the ruins of the ethnically-cleansed village of al-Shaykh Muwannis,’ the letter reads. read more →

Confirmed: Madonna to Perform at Eurovision in Tel Aviv

Madonna will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in May, the European Broadcasting Union has confirmed.

The singer will likely perform two songs – a popular hit and a new song. The pop superstar and the contest’s producers have previously butted heads, apparently because the new song she plans to debut contains political messages.

Madonna is expected to be accompanied by a 160-person entourage. Bringing her to perform at the contest is expected to cost about $1 million, which is to be provided by billionaire businessman Sylvan Adams.

The performance will be her fourth in Israel. The first came in 1993, and was followed by shows in 2009 and 2012. She has also visited Israel on other occasions in the context of her interest in Kabbalah.

Haaretz