“Icelandic Hatari (Hate) singers did not keep their commitment. Reykjavik must be disqualified from 2020 contest.”

Paris, 20 May 2019

On 17 April, the Wiesenthal Centre had joined with UKLFI in writing to Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, to demand depoliticization of this year’s contest in Tel Aviv, which concluded this week-end.

This request specifically applied to Iceland’s Hatari band, which had been proclaiming its anti-Israeli prejudices and threats “in contravention of both the spirit and the rules of Eurovision.”

The Centre considers that “this commitment was offensively violated by Hatari (meaning ‘Hate’ in English), which lived up to its name in inciting to anti-Israel hatred by unfurling Palestinian banners during the vote for winner of the event.”

The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that “the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) umbrella body for Eurovision had responded that Iceland’s Broadcaster would keep its commitments under ESC Rule 2.6... No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political, commercial or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC...”

The Centre considers that “this commitment was offensively violated by Hatari (meaning ‘Hate’ in English), which lived up to its name in inciting to anti-Israel hatred by unfurling Palestinian banners during the vote for winner of the event.”

20 May 2019

Samuels argued that, “responsibility be addressed to the Icelandic Broadcaster, which must accordingly be disqualified by the EBU from the 2020 Eurovision Contest in Amsterdam.”

The Centre applauded Gavin Coulson’s petition to that end.
https://www.change.org/p/eurovision-iceland-disqualified-from-eurovision

“We will be monitoring the situation in the context of campaign against BDS, the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel,” concluded Samuels.