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Eurovision Song Contest 2019: This is where the ESC takes place

After long struggles, the venue for the next Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is set. Jerusalem, Eilat and Tel Aviv had applied. A city convinced and prevailed. Tel Aviv – The venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is said to be the Israeli coastal town of Tel Aviv. The date for the final is May 18, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced as organizer on Thursday. Disagreements between the EBU and the Israeli government over possible visa restrictions on participants could probably be dispelled in the coming days. "We expect to receive guarantees from the Prime Minister this week regarding safety and freedom of movement for anyone attending the event comes, "said Frank-Dieter Freiling, chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest reference group. According to media reports, the EBU has demanded, among other things, the Israeli pledge that visas be given without political views. Israel announced in January that it would deny entry to activists from certain organizations calling for an Israeli boycott. Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. The singer Netta got the most points for her song "Toy". That's why the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) final date was a topic. According to reports, the EBU does not require any restrictions on the religious rules for the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest. The final of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) traditionally takes place on Saturday evening, right at the end of the Sabbath. However, rehearsals would have to take place in the meantime. According to Jewish religious law, however, any work is prohibited on the day. Deputy Minister of Health Jakov Litzman had already demanded that the preparation of the competition should not violate the Sabbath. Tel Aviv's Mayor Ron Chuldai had already assured the EBU that the convention center in the north of the 430,000-inhabitant City could be used as a venue throughout. In addition, there will be in the city on the Sabbath public transport. Israel disputed as ESC host country already in recent months, there had been repeated disputes over Israel as an ESC host country. So there was, among other things, massive dispute in the right-wing religious government to the venue. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had initially planned with Jerusalem – as in 1999, when Israel last hosted the ESC. But Jerusalem is politically sensitive because it is a central bone of contention in the Middle East conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv – the dates ESC 2019 finals
                    May 18, 2019ESC 2019 semi-final
                    May 16, 2019ESC 2019 semi-final
                    May 14, 2019Last Tel Aviv prevailed in the competition against Jerusalem, Eilat and Haifa. In August, there was renewed anger over the funding of the multi-million dollar event between the government and the television channel Kan. In June, there was a dispute between the government and the EBU because of planned legal requirements for the structure of the transmitter.Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is to take place in Tel Aviv © dpa / Rolf VennenberndDonst cultural creators, including others from the UK spoke only last week against the Alignment of the ESC in Israel. As a reason for the call for a boycott they called human rights violations of the country against Palestinians. The EBU then announced that members could confirm their participation in the ESC until October. That is why Turkey does not want to send a representative to ESC 2019. However, Turkey has already announced that it will not send a representative to the ESC. As a reason, the director of the state broadcaster TRT, Ibrahim Eren, referred among others to the 2014 ESC winner: the drag queen Conchita Wurst. A state broadcaster could not even live in the evening – even if children watch – live, if an Austrian can be seen, "beard and a skirt, does not accept his gender," he said, according to the CNN Türk. The Eurovision had strayed from their "values". Was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest copied? Dpa


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