Eurovision 2024: The beloved contest has become an ugly mess on DAZED

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This year Eurovision’s mantra ‘united by music’ rings hollow as the European Broadcasting Union doubles down on including Israel in this year’s contest.

… in 2022, following outcries from artists and international broadcasters, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) made the decision to disqualify Russia from the song contest following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. In a statement at the time, the EBU said that based on meetings with Eurovision’s governing body, the rules of the event and “the values of the EBU… [that] the inclusion of a Russian entry… would bring the competition into disrepute”. Such sentiments sour when considering the EBU’s attitude towards Israel and the organisation’s failure to consider experiences of those living in Palestine. It’s baffling that Russia’s assault on Ukraine is considered the antithesis of what Eurovision stands for but an ongoing genocide is permissible. 

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Israel’s Eurovision win pinkwashes genocide by Tess Lewis

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But the Basque and Crimean flags are deemed political, and therefore are forbidden. So is the flag of Palestine. For Europe, having Israel as a Western-aligned “watchdog” in the Middle East is far too important to allow a Palestinian flag to be seen on camera.

Winning Eurovision has been part of a long, cynical project by Israel to promote itself as a feminist, gay-friendly utopia – which has included a very literal instance of pinkwashing when it painted fighter jets pink – to distract from its brutal oppression of the Palestinian people.

Hosting Eurovision next year will be a further boon for that project. Artists from around Europe (and Australia) will descend on the country, posting to social media snaps of their carefully stage-managed tours.

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