Iceland’s Eurovision entry Hatari continued with their protest against Israel, despite members of the Israeli broadcaster trying to confiscate their banners.
The Hatrio mun sigra singers held up banners featuring the Palestinian flag as their final score was announced by hosts Bar Refaeli and Erez Tal.
And a video from before the moment shows staff trying to confiscate the flags from the group.
Hatari drummer Einar Hrafn Stefánsson shared a clip to his Instagram, showing two staff members demanding the flags from the group.
One man wearing a Eurovision press pass is heard saying: ‘Give me the flag of Palestine’, while a woman pointed out they had another one hidden.
However, it seems that the band managed to keep hold of some of the Palestinian flags, as when the camera came to them, they were holding them defiantly.
The protest has been praised by many Eurovision viewers and boycotters alike, after there were calls to boycott the 2019 final due to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
It was also noted that Iceland used an earlier time on camera to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.
As the cameras cut to the ‘industrial BDSM’ band in the green room, Klemens Hannigan, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldson and Einar Stéfansson were seen holding both the rainbow flag and the blue, pink and white flag which shows support for the trans community.
The band don’t identify as queer, but have been vocal in their support of the community on the Eurovision campaign trail.
Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson told NBC News: ‘We haven’t identified as a queer band as such, but we do touch upon themes like gender fluidity, masculinity and femininity, repression and expression, and others — which many audience members identify with, not least of all in the queer scene.’
Earlier in the night, Madonna addressed the controversy over her choice to perform in Israel, saying: ‘Look at all the delegates behind us. So many countries that I have been privileged enough to visit an experience, the one thing that brings me to those countries is music.
‘So let’s never underestimate the power of music to bring people together.’
Eurovision 2019 leaderboard
North Macedonia: 295
Czech Republic: 157
San Marino: 81
United Kingdom: 16
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