Madonna addresses Palestinian relations at Israel’s Eurovision

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A Eurovision spokesperson said: "In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, two of Madonna's dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits".

Madonna, performing during the Grande Finale of the Eurovision, injected politics into her act with a call for peace in the lyrics of her new song "Future", which featured two of her dancers wearing Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs.

The Netherlands' Duncan Laurence was the bookies' favourite and won the 2019 contest for his song Arcade with 492 points.

Madonna & Qauvo perform at Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Grand Final.

The country's act for the night, Hatari, was spotted holding Palestinian flags aloft while their points were being tallied for the contest, with their act being booed by some of the crowd as a result.

According to Rolling Stone, the Palestinian Campaign For The Academic And Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) called Madonna's performance "immoral" because it comes at a time when Palestinians are being brutally oppressed.

Referring to Madonna's dancers, it said "this element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals".

In the south of the city, a beachside area was sealed off for a Eurovision Village spectators pavilion, where fans from different countries danced and watched the event on big screens.

Writing on social media, he told his followers: "Just want to say thank you for all the messages of support!"

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Italy finished second and Russian Federation third in the results that combined votes from juries from participating countries as well as viewers at home.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Twitter that he had spoken to Laurence and congratulated him, calling his performance "sublime and powerful".

The singer, 60, wasn't the only one to brandish Palestinian symbols.

Yet most reactions to Madonna's performance had nothing to do with her political gesture.

"Look at all the delegates behind us, so many countries that I have been privileged enough to visit and experience, and the one thing that brings me to these countries is music".

Sweden's soulful "Too Late for Love", sung by John Lundvik, topped the professional jury vote and seemed to be on its way to carrying forward Sweden's successful Eurovision track record 45 years after Swedish icons ABBA won with "Waterloo".

Grasping his trophy on stage at Expo Tel Aviv in Israel, he said: "Yes, yes!" "Let's never underestimate the power of music to bring people together".

For Israel activists, just the fact that Eurovision took place in Israel (albeit in Tel Aviv and not Jerusalem as originally planned) under the slogan "Dare to Dream" was a stupendous PR victory for Israel, as well as a #BDSFail.

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