Haaretz reports that the European Broadcasting Union is concerned at the politicisation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.
Citing sources at the Israeli national broadcaster, Haaretz reports that the European Broadcasting Union is concerned about the politicisation of next years Eurovision Song Contest. In the two weeks since Israel won the contest, next years contest has already created controversy following comments made by local politicians.
According to Haaretz, the source at KAN states that the EBU “did not care” for the remarks made by Miri Regev and Ayoub Kara about hosting and producing the 2019 contest in Jerusalem. They elaborated that;
The decisions made by Regev and Kara before even hearing anything about hosting the Eurovision are not deemed customary in the eyes of the Union’s officials
Both of the ministers have stated that they wished their ministries to be involved in the production of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Communications Minister Ayoub Kara stated yesterday that he would invited Arab states to participate in next years contest. The nations that the Minister named included countries who are ineligible to take part in the Song Contest.
The EBU through the official website and social media platforms for the Eurovision Song Contest reminded fans yesterday that they should not book any flights or accommodation until the dates and location of the contest are confirmed. This followed the circulation of supposed dates for the contest by an unofficial tourism website for Israel.