Left Menu
Development News Edition

Madonna faces criticism after performing at Eurovision in Israel

Reuters | Updated: 17-05-2019 20:31 IST | Created: 17-05-2019 18:59 IST
Madonna faces criticism after performing at Eurovision in Israel
Image Credit: Wikimedia

Pop star Madonna took time out ahead of her scheduled guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, attending an evening event in Tel Aviv on Thursday. Paparazzi caught the "Queen of Pop" on her way to a nightclub at the Tel Aviv port after a concert was held there. The venue on the Mediterranean-front promenade has hosted fringe events for the Eurovision music competition.

Madonna was escorted along the port's promenade by security guards. The 60-year-old singer has faced criticism for performing at Saturday's Eurovision final, the target of pro-Palestinian boycott calls in protest against Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory and alleged human rights abuses.

Israel says the boycott calls are discriminatory and anti-Semitic. In a statement earlier this week, Madonna explained her decision to sing on the Eurovision stage, saying she will always speak up to defend human rights and hopes to see "a new path toward peace".

"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," she said. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel responded saying: "Artwashing Israel's brutal oppression of Palestinians for a million dollars must be among the most immoral political agendas."

Last night's Eurovision semi-final saw Albania, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Malta, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland advance to Saturday's final.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Rethinking Rural Livelihoods in the Times of COVID-19

The reverse migration caused by COVID 19 pandemic has put an additional burden of about one crore people on Indian villages particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal and Odisha. Besides increasing the risk of spreading the ...

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Videos

Latest News

Philippine police arrest 90 Chinese for illegal gambling

Philippine police have arrested 90 Chinese for allegedly running an online gambling hub without permits and for violating quarantine restrictions, officials said Sunday. Police made the mass arrests Friday after spotting some of the suspect...

Man murders 5 family members in Pakistan's KPK; killed in police fire

A mentally disturbed man shot dead five members of his family before being gunned down by the security forces in Pakistans Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said on Sunday. The accused Jehanzeb Surkheli killed his two wives, daughter, ...

Indonesia reports 700 new coronavirus infections

Indonesia reported on Sunday 700 new coronavirus infections, taking the tally in the Southeast Asian nation to 26,473, said health ministry official Achmad Yurianto. Yurianto reported 40 new deaths from COVID-19, taking the total to 1,613, ...

India's Modi urges citizens to stay alert to virus as lockdown eases

Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned the country on Sunday to remain vigilant against the spread of coronavirus as the country prepares a phased re-opening of activities even as daily cases rise to record highs.India, with the worlds ...

Give Feedback