Will Israel ban Iceland from Eurovision?
A Icelandic techno band could be banned from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, after they were accused of backing an Israeli boycott.
Hatari, a self-described “anti-capitalist techno BDSM band”, will represent Iceland at Eurovision with the track ‘Hatrid Mun Sigra’ after winning the country’s Söngvakeppnin contest at the beginning of March.
Now, their participation could be under threat after Israeli civil rights organisation Shurat HaDin argued that the band previously backed a cultural boycott – which see them being denied entry to Israel.
“We received information that the band representing Iceland supports a boycott of Israel,” said founder Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. “Last summer, the band signed a petition distributed in Iceland calling for the boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest.
After being chosen, Hatari announced plans to protest against Israel on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest, despite the fact that it would violate the rules of the competition.
This comes after the group previously attempted to win favour during Söngvakeppnin by challenging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a wrestling match.