The Icelandic Eurovision representatives caused controversy last night by unveiling Palestine flags during the competition’s voting segment last night.
Members of techno group Hatari drew gasps and boos from the Tel Aviv audience as the show’s hosts awkwardly attempted to continue announcing the results.
— BrenCelt (@NaCeiltighAbu) May 18, 2019
The flags were confiscated by security…
— Noa Landau נעה לנדאו (@noa_landau) May 18, 2019
Iceland was the first Western European country to recognise the independence of Palestine. Dancers for veteran singer Madonna also displayed Palestine and Israel flags during her interval performance.
MADONNA makes her statement on Israel and Palestine! ❤ pic.twitter.com/gX0uJj06zE
— ❌ Chris Chandler ❌ (@amaterial_boi) May 18, 2019
The competition was won by the Netherlands for the first time since 1975.