Hatari, the Icelandic Act, could face punishment after they raised the Palestinian flag, while their public vote was being announced at the end of the live final of the Eurovision contest, held in Tel Avivâ€“ amid international calls for boycott.
In a statement, Eurovision said the â€śconsequences of this actionâ€ť will be discussed by the contestâ€™s executive board.
It said: â€śIn the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, Hatari, the Icelandic act, briefly displayed small Palestinian banners whilst sat in the Green Room.
â€śThe Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and this directly contradicts the Contest rules. The banners were quickly removed and the consequences of this action will be discussed by the Reference Group (the Contestâ€™s executive board) after the Contest.â€ť
Eurovision is supposed to be â€śnon-politicalâ€ť however the build-up has been marred by controversy and calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian activists.
During Madonnaâ€™s highly anticipated performance, her backing dancers displayed Israeli and Palestinian flags. According to the PNN, organizers said it had not been part of the approved act.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, and continues into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.