Controversy erupted on Eurovision as Iceland’s punk rock band Hatari raised scarves showing Palestinian flags as their vote total was announced during the finals of the competition.
A chorus of boos rang out from the crowd when the saw the Palestine flag, prompting the broadcaster quickly to switch to the hosts.
— Jon Brady (@jonbradyphoto) May 18, 2019
Later on, the Iceland team posted a video on Twitter showing Eurovision security taking away their flags.
— Noa Landau נעה לנדאו (@noa_landau) May 18, 2019
Madonna’s performance during the show also featured the Palestinian flag on the back of one dancer’s attire, alongside the Israeli flag on the back of another dancer as the two walked off stage arm-in-arm.
“Let’s never underestimate the power of music to bring people together,” the pop legend said before taking to the stage.