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Norway’s Eurovision delegation labeled as anti-Semitic in the Israeli media

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The band Gåte with vocalist Gunhild Sundli after the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

Of NTB | 23.05.2024 11:00:58

Culture and entertainment: – It was very uncomfortable. Both frightening and sad, says delegation leader Stig Karlsen in NRK VG.

The starting point for the allegations of Norwegian anti-Semitism came after an episode early in Eurovision week in which the Norwegian entry, Gåte, was accused of refusing to speak to Israeli journalists in favor of the Dutch press.

– Here we were posted in some of the largest media in Israel with pictures and videos of us, and with fabricated claims that are completely contrary to our values, Karlsen continues.

The incident was filmed by an Israeli journalist, who came out strongly against Gåte and the Norwegian delegation on his own social media. This led to NRK having to ask for extra security around its delegation during Eurovision week in Malmö.

The EBU, which is the organizer of the entire Eurovision Song Contest, has not responded to VG’s questions about the incident with the Norwegian delegation, but responds as follows in a general letter that has been sent out on several occasions:

“We regret that some delegations to the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö did not respect the rules and the spirit of competition, both on the spot and through their broadcasts. We spoke to a number of delegations during the event about several matters that we were made aware of”.

(© NTB)

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