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May 20, 2019 2:16 pm

Icelandic Band Claims Pro-Palestinian Eurovision Stunt Came From ‘Hope, Not Hatred’

avatar by Benjamin Kerstein

Members of the Icelandic band Hatari display Palestinian flag scarves at the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

The Icelandic band Hatari is defending itself against widespread criticism after it displayed Palestinian flag scarves at the Eurovision finals in Tel Aviv.

The BDSM-themed band has been slammed for politicizing the event, which has strict rules against such actions, and may face official discipline as a result.

The band, however, is defending its stunt as being done in a spirit of “hope, not hatred.”

According to Hebrew site Mako, band member Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan said, “Of course, we were not sure whether to show the flags because it could have gotten us disqualified.”

“We didn’t know it would make so much noise,” he said. “It was not really planned and we didn’t think there would be the response from the security guards, who came immediately and took the flags from us.”

Asked about the Israeli reaction to the stunt, the band members responded, “The attitude was tremendous. They talked about it everywhere, and it opened people’s eyes, but it was also difficult.”

“Nothing we did or said during our journey was bad-hearted,” they asserted. “We want the Israeli people to know that we did all of this out of hope, not hatred. Hope for both Israel and Palestine.”

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