As tensions rise ahead of the popular European song contest next week, Israel is reportedly preparing to deny some pro-Palestinian protesters entry. Thousands of tourists are expected to arrive in Tel Aviv for the globally televised event May 14-18. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson clarified that only “anti-Israel activists … whose sole purpose is to disturb the event” would be blocked.
Who’s behind the protests? The Palestinian-led BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement has encouraged performers to withdraw from the event — while Iceland’s leather-clad “techno-dystopian” act challenged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a wrestling match.