Eurovision 2019: Iceland Protest Israeli Occupation Of Palestine
It was a brief moment of protest, but the Icelandic entrant made quite the splash during the country voting.
It was still anyone's win to take out following the delivery of the country votes as the hosts began to reveal how the public voting had changed the leaderboard. Announcing Iceland's final score, cameras cut to show the band Hataria as they unfurled Palestinian flags and banners.
The hosts for the evening, Ezra Tel and Bar Refaeli, quickly moved on as the cameras cut away from the quiet protest, but the point was definitely made.
Video footage posted later to social media shows a security guard demanding the Palestinian flags be handed over.
Leading up to and during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, protests have been held in Tel Aviv calling for boycotts to support Palestinians.
It wasn't the only brief show of support for Palestine. During Madonna's performance, two dancers turned their backs to show an Israeli and Palestinian flag while they embraced.
Both the European Broadcasting Union and the host broadcaster KAN released statements saying the inclusion of the flags on the costumes were not cleared during rehearsals, and they were unaware they would be happening.
Protesters also set up outside the Expo Tel Aviv where the competition was being held.
Ahead of the competition, Australia's Kate Miller-Heidke was pressured by the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divest, Sanctions campaign asking her to take a stand against the Israeli government's presence in the Palestinian territories.
In response, Miller-Heidke said: "I have a lot to learn and I am looking forward to being there for two and a half weeks, and having the chance to meet Palestinians and people from different sides and deepen my learning and understanding.”
Eurovision will move to The Netherlands next year after Duncan Laurence's performance of "Arcade" saw the country win the competition on Sunday morning.
Featured image: SBS.