PA demands to remove Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel from Eurovision promo videos
The Palestinian Authority called Saturday for Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, to be cut from videos promoting Eurovision, accusing Israel of “propaganda” ahead of Tel Aviv hosting the song contest.
Israel’s public broadcaster KAN aired a clip Friday aimed at tourists traveling to the country for Eurovision, which features a shot of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the Jewish holiest site.
It also refers to Jerusalem as “our beloved capital”, despite Arabs claiming the eastern sector as the capital of their imaginary state.
The PA’s foreign ministry said Israel was using the song competition to “entrench its
colonial occupation [sovereignty] by effectively normalizing the global acceptance of its unlawful conduct.”
“The promotional material published in the context of the Eurovision contest and approved by EBU, is unacceptable,” the ministry said, in reference to the European Broadcasting Union.
Israel has launched a campaign to counter the calls for a boycott, using Google ads that lead to a glossy website Israeli website.