Israeli broadcaster blames Hamas for 'missile strike' hack during Eurovision

13 2019 shows an anti-occupation billboard by Israeli NGO Breaking The Silence erected on a street in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv

Madonna vows to sing at Eurovision, despite calls for boycott

Her latest rendition, which has been updated since Australia's first televised decider, saw Miller-Heidke and two dancers sway metres above the stage. We have an artist who would like to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, and who we would love to welcome on that stage, but for that we need to have the framework secured.

Madonna has been urged to pull out of performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with a "Papa Don't Preach" parody that focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"We are negotiating now, in the final stage of that - but if there is no signed contract this week, she will not be on the stage".

Earlier this month, Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with air raids, artillery and gunboat shooting as armed factions in Gaza fired hundreds of rockets at towns and settlements in southern Israel.

Between May 4 and May 5, Palestinian terrorist groups fired almost 700 rockets and missiles at Israel, killing four and sending dozens to the hospital.

Israel's hosting of the song contest has proven controversial, sparking demonstrations in several countries and numerous calls to boycott on social media.

Those who win through to Saturday's final will join host Israel and the so-called "big five" of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain - all of whom are entitled to skip the elimination rounds.

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The "Like A Prayer" pop superstar, who is due to perform at Eurovision, responded to protests from pro-Palestinian groups who want companies and performers to boycott Israel in a statement on Tuesday (May 14). The second semi-final is on Thursday.

The Material Girl said she would "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda".

The Israeli Defense Forces have reportedly deployed a large number of the country's Iron Dome missile Defence batteries anticipating further violence ahead of the anniversary of the United States embassy moving to Jerusalem as well as the Palestinians' Nakba Day, which was marred by violence in 2018.

"Israel's been flouting global law, and human rights lie trampled on the floor".

The government statistics, released by Israel's finance ministry, showed Israeli spending in the West Bank in 2017, Trump's first year in office, rose to about $459m, from about $330m in 2016.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has grown recently in artistic circles - most notably, Lana Del Rey and Lorde cancelled concerts in Israel when fans asked them to.

The Palestinian-led BDS movement described it as it "crude propaganda straight out of apartheid South Africa's playbook".

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