Icelandic Broadcaster Fined Over pro-Palestinian Eurovision Images

Iceland's RUV showed pictures of the band Hatari bearing Palestinian flags, thereby violating the European Broadcasting Union's ban on political statements

Hatari of Iceland perform the song "Hatrio mun sigra" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 17, 2019.
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Icelandic public broadcaster RUV is to be fined for showing images of the band Hatari bearing Palestinian flags at the Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirmed to dpa on Sunday.

The images violated the EBU's ban on political statements during the contest, the organization said. The size of the fine is not yet known.

Hatari, Iceland's entry for the contest in Tel Aviv rolled out banners showing the Palestinian flag during the scoring, despite warnings from the organizers. The action took place in the so-called Green Room behind the scenes, where the artists are interviewed after the performance.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War, and hundreds of thousands of Jewish Israelis are now living in the territory, which is claimed by Palestinians for their future state.

Hatari's song "Hatrid mun sigra," performed in sadomasochistic fetish gear, finished 10th in the contest, which was won by Dutchman Duncan Laurence for his song "Arcade."