Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Hackers interrupt Eurovision broadcast with fake missile warning from Israeli military

Hackers interrupt Eurovision broadcast with fake missile warning from Israeli military

After the 41-country competition kicked off in the coastal city on Tuesday with a first semi-final, national broadcaster Kan's webcast cut to animated satellite footage showing explosions in Tel Aviv set to a menacing soundtrack.

Pop superstar Madonna was said to have been briefly prevented from entering the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest Thursday morning, where she was to rehearse her planned performance during the weekend final, because she has yet to sign the contract for her appearance.

The event is being organised in Tel Aviv on the 71st anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel in Palestine.

Hamas, a Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip, had no immediate comment.

"I'm happy to say that within a matter of minutes we managed to overcome the attack", he said in an interview with Israeli army radio.

Earlier this month it engaged in three days of fighting with Israel that included hundreds of rocket attacks from Gaza and Israeli air strikes in the enclave.

Between May 4 and May 5, Palestinian terrorist groups fired almost 700 rockets and missiles at Israel, killing four and sending dozens to the hospital.

The ten finalists will participate in the Grand Final this Saturday alongside the ten countries who will qualify in the second Semi-Final tonight, and the six pre-qualified countries- the "Big Five" (France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom) and host country Israel.

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Palestinian activists have responded, calling Eurovision an "artwashing [of] Israel's brutal oppression of Palestinians".

A source told Israeli publication Haartez one of the songs she sings will be a classic track, while the other will be her new single.

Israel's hosting of this year's version of the popular European music competition has drawn pro-Palestinian boycott calls to protest against the country's policies.

Israel has launched a PR campaign to counter calls for a boycott of the Eurovision contest by the global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

"If there is no signed contract this week, she will not be on the stage".

The Palestinian-led BDS movement described it as it "crude propaganda straight out of apartheid South Africa's playbook".

The singer released a statement to CNN today where she said that she would not stop performing music "to suit someone's political agenda", but added that she would continue to speak out against human rights violations.

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