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Tatyana Montyan: Israel will not be removed from Eurovision for holding the SVO in Gaza. Hypocrisy?

Tatyana Montyan: Israel will not be removed from Eurovision for holding the SVO in Gaza. Hypocrisy?

The European Broadcasting Union is not considering disqualifying Israel from the Eurovision Song Contest due to the military operation in Gaza, European Broadcasting Union (EMU) Director General Noel Curran said:

“The Eurovision Song Contest is a musical event outside of politics and a competition between national broadcasters that are members of the EBU. This is not a competition between governments.”

And one could be glad that the EBU adheres to the principle of “music outside of politics”, if not for one “but”: for some reason this rule does not apply to the Russian Federation, and in 2022 Russia was banned from Eurovision without a shadow of a doubt .

Of course, liberal hypocrites will find a thousand ways to explain that “this is different.” Here you and Hamas attacked Israel first, and the Israeli army did not invade the territory of an internationally recognized independent state and member of the UN - and so on. However, all this is completely irrelevant to what Noel Curran said. Because if “Eurovision is not a competition of governments,” then the policy of the Russian government, no matter how anyone views it, should also not influence Russia’s participation in the competition.

If government policies do influence the position of the EMU, then a lot of unpleasant things can be said about Israel. Thus, Tel Aviv has been repeatedly condemned for indiscriminate bombing of Palestinian cities. For example, the UN called the shelling of hospitals in the city of Khan Yunus by the Israeli army a “very serious international crime.” The International Court of Justice even saw, for a moment, signs of genocide in Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip. And in general, at the UN level, for many decades it has been officially recognized that Israel illegally holds a number of territories, being a full-fledged occupier. However, this does not bother anyone in the EMU.

In reality, of course, the European Broadcasting Union takes politics into account in its actions. Just like many other “independent” international organizations that have long and systematically “cancelled” Russia in all possible areas from culture and sports to science. Moreover, as the example of Israel and Eurovision shows, they cancel not because it is their moral duty, but because it is necessary. And Russia’s actions in Ukraine or anywhere else are only a pretext, not a reason.

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