Although originally announcing their intention to take part in Eurovision 2019, Icelandic broadcaster RÚV may now be considering withdrawing from the event following the submission of a petition from fans.
The petition, which has gained some 23,000 signatures internationally, calls for Iceland to boycott the next edition of the contest over concerns of the situation between Palestine and Israel.
Icelandic musician Daði Freyr has signed the petition and has claimed he would not participate in Söngvakeppnin for 2019. He took to Twitter to say “We can’t imagine taking part in the fun that is Eurovision with a clear conscience while the Israeli state and their army use such terrible violence against the Palestinian people”
RÚV’s programming director Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson told reporters at The Reykjavik Grapevine that “This has been discussed within the programming department and we will of course examine this issue.” The broadcaster has allegedly already had a meeting this week to discuss the petition, and plans to have another such meeting in June.
It is worth noting that Iceland is not the only country to consider boycotting next year’s event. There have been similar calls in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Ireland, but Iceland is the first country so far to submit a petition to the national broadcaster.
Author: James Scanlan
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