Madonna's Eurovision Song Contest 2019 performance in doubt

Israel's Moovit has launched a new version of its app to provide Eurovision Song Festival tourists visiting Israel with information in English about buses and their routes

Madonna urged to boycott Eurovision contest in Israel

Madonna's much-publicised performance at this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest could be in question after the show's organisers revealed that no contract has yet been signed.

But Madonna's participation unleashed a storm of protests from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has for years been pushing for investors and artists to shun Israel for its decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories.

But politics and controversy, as well as security concerns, have threatened to overshadow the competition, especially after a flare up of violence between militants in Gaza and the Israeli Army last week.

"As security incidents, including rocket fire, often take place without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness", the statement added. "If Madonna performs in Israel, crossing the worldwide picket line, she will be helping to normalise this brutality".

"I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be", the singer said, in a statement carried by U.S. media.

Miller-Heidke has made it through to the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest, along with nine countries out of the other 16 that were also vying for a spot. "Any official news and updates will come directly from the Eurovision channels in due course", said the organisation's senior communications officer, Dave Goodman.

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She says she prays for "a new path toward peace".

"We have an artist who would like to participate in Eurovision Song Contest, we would love to welcome her on that stage, but for that, we need to have the framework secured", he said.

However, Sylvan Adams, the Israeli-Canadian billionaire who will pay Madonna's fees, claims the artist is already en route to Israel for her performance.

The Eurovision Song Contest final will then be broadcast on Saturday (May 18) at which Madonna is set to perform.

She is preparing to release Madame X, her 14th album, and earlier this month announced a world tour including a string of shows at the London Palladium. The venue has prompted calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian activists who want companies, performers and governments to disengage from Israel.

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