Madonna's Eurovision Song Contest 2019 performance in doubt

Netta making a grand entrée at the Orange Carpet

Almost 200 million people are expected to tune-in on Saturday to the competition, which pits singers and bands from different countries against each other in a live final with public voting.

Earlier this month it engaged in three days of fighting with Israel that included hundreds of rocket attacks from Gaza and Israeli air strikes in the enclave.

Kan played down the incident, noting that the evening ended without any other incident as Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, San Marino and Slovenia made it through to Saturday's finals.

"We know that at a certain stage there was an attempt, apparently by Hamas, to commandeer our digital broadcast", Koblenz said, according to the UK's Guardian.

Sand did not say what issues were delaying the signing of a contract, but confirmed that negotiations were in a "final stage".

According to the outlet, the systems could respond to fire from the Palestinian territories after clearance by the Israeli armed forces' senior officers to prevent a repetition of recent deadly missile exchanges.

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Israel became the host of the 2019 Eurovision contest after Israeli singer Netta won the contest past year.

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Madonna intends to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, Israel, this weekend, despite calls by activists for her to boycott the event, the singer said Tuesday.

Miller-Heidke will have to do it again on Saturday May 18 to win the controversial competition, which critics say has been used to whitewash the worldwide reputation of Israel and its treatment of neighbouring Palestine. The second semi-final is on Thursday.

"I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be". It is the third time that Israel has hosted the competition but the first time it has taken place in Tel Aviv, where it will be broadcast around the world from the Expo Tel Aviv International Convention Center.

The Israeli Defense Forces have reportedly deployed a large number of the country's Iron Dome missile Defence batteries anticipating further violence ahead of the anniversary of the USA embassy moving to Jerusalem as well as the Palestinians' Nakba Day, which was marred by violence in 2018.

Israel has launched a PR campaign to counter calls for a boycott of the Eurovision contest by the worldwide Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The BDS - modelled after the South African anti-apartheid movement - was formed in 2005 by more than 200 Palestinian civil society organisations, urging non-violent pressure on Israel until it complies with worldwide law.

"So please Madonna don't go to Eurovision, Madonna don't go, make the right decision".

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