Maariv reports that the European Broadcasting Union has stated that they are concerned that countries will withdraw from next years contest if Jerusalem is selected as the host city.
Citing a meeting between the Israeli Public Broadcating Corporation and the European Broadcasting Union, Maariv reports that the EBU has stated they are concerned about the ramifications of Jerusalem hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The EBU is reportedly concerned that if Jerusalem is selected as the host city, that it could lead to a number of nations withdrawing from the competition. The EBU wants next years contest to be held in a way that would minimise the risk of countries withdrawing from the competition according to Maariv.
The reports follow Haaretz reporting yesterday that the EBU which oversees the competition stating that they were increasingly concerned about the politicisation of the 2019 contest.
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 earlier this week 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.