Tel Aviv named host city of Eurovision 2019

Tel Aviv named host city of Eurovision 2019

Tel Aviv has been designated host city of Eurovision 2019, to the detriment of Jerusalem and Eilat, announced Thursday the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which says wait to receive "this week" guarantees on the "apolitical" character of the contest.
This choice follows the victory at the last edition of Eurovision on May 12 in Lisbon by Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, 25 years old, who made the Israelis dance on his tube Toy, inspired by the spirit of the campaign #MeToo against sexual harassment.
"Tel Aviv has presented a very creative and convincing offer in all areas required," said the EBU, which organizes Eurovision, in a statement.
"Tel Aviv will host the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time," she added.
The semi-finals will take place on May 14 and 16 and the grand finale on May 18.
"All the offers were exemplary, but we finally decided that Tel Aviv offered the best overall configuration for the biggest live music event in the world," said Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of Eurovision, quoted in the statement.
Israel won Eurovision four times and the competition was held twice in Jerusalem in 1979 and 1999.
"We expect to receive this week guarantees from the Prime Minister regarding security, access for all, freedom of expression and the apolitical nature of the contest," said the chairman of the committee. organization of the competition, Frank-Dieter Freiling.
"These guarantees are imperative to enable us to move forward in the planning of the event and defend the values ​​of the contest (…) that is diversity and openness to all," he said. he adds.
Applying for such guarantees is not unusual for the EBU, which told AFP that the Eurovision organizers used to send a "letter" to the authorities of the organizing country to ask for guarantees on the subject. in particular security or the apolitical nature of the competition.
"This is a standard letter that we send every year, regardless of the country, to ensure the smooth running of the contest," the EBU said in an email.
The choice of Tel Aviv goes against the wish expressed in recent months by the Israeli Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, who wanted the next edition of Eurovision to take place in Jerusalem.
"As I said at the beginning, I thought it was right for Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, to host Eurovision," she wrote in a statement.
"But once the decision is made to organize Eurovision in Tel Aviv, I have no doubt that Israel and Tel Aviv will welcome Eurovision with the best and respectable way," he said. she assured.
Jerusalem is not recognized as the capital of Israel by the international community, except this year from the United States and Guatemala.
Communication Minister Ayoub Kara also welcomed the decision, while Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai said his city "fits perfectly" with Eurovision.
For Israel, the organization of any international sporting or artistic event is celebrated as a victory against calls for boycott, launched regularly by pro-Palestinian groups active in the so-called BDS campaign (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions).
The American singer Lana Del Rey canceled at the end of August a planned concert in Israel. In the past other artists such Lauryn Hill or Elvis Costello have come back on their decision to perform in this country.
13/09/2018 17:41:45 –
Geneva (AFP) –
© 2018 AFP

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