Madonna, on Eurovision, says she won't bow 'to suit someone's political agenda'

Madonna, on Eurovision, says she won't bow 'to suit someone's political agenda'

Other qualifiers from the first semi final include Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, San Marino, and Slovenia.

Some pro-Palestinian activists have called for performers and worldwide broadcasters to boycott the show due to Israel being the host nation.

"I'm happy to say that within a matter of minutes we managed to overcome the attack", he said in an interview with Israeli army radio.

Hamas, a Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip, had no immediate comment.

A missile fired from Israel's Iron Dome air defence system, created to intercept short-range rockets. At least 25 Palestinians and four Israelis were killed in this latest spate of violence.

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Last year's victor was Israeli entrant Netta Barzilai with the song "Toy", which went on to top the Billboard dance club chart in the U.S. in August, a first for an Israeli singer.

Palestinian activists have responded, calling Eurovision an "artwashing [of] Israel's brutal oppression of Palestinians".

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The singer released a statement to CNN today where she said that she would not stop performing music "to suit someone's political agenda", but added that she would continue to speak out against human rights violations.

Tel Aviv was confirmed as the host city for this year's 64th Eurovision Song Contest last September.

On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters marched in Tel Aviv before the first semi-finals.

'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'.

According to official data obtained by the AP news agency, Israel's government went on a spending spree in its occupied West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, the singer defended her decision to appear at the event in Israel.

The BDS - modelled after the South African anti-apartheid movement - was formed in 2005 by more than 200 Palestinian civil society organisations, urging non-violent pressure on Israel until it complies with global law.

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.

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