Israel’s webcast of the Eurovision track Contest semi-final changed into hacked with lively pix of explosions in host town Tel Aviv, which the country wide broadcaster blamed on Hamas militants.

The Eurovision song Contest is an global music opposition proposing member nations of the ecu Broadcasting Union.

The hacking of Kan’s internet site did now not have an effect on the normal tv relay of the display on Tuesday night time in Israel or overseas.


Israel’s hosting of the 2019 version of the ecu music opposition has drawn pro-Palestinian boycott calls to protest towards Israeli guidelines.

Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist organization that controls the Gaza Strip, had no instant remark.

earlier this month it engaged in three days of fighting with Israel that blanketed hundreds of rocket attacks from Gaza and Israeli air strikes in the enclave.

After the 41-united states opposition kicked off on Tuesday with a primary semi-final, Kan’s webcast cut to animated satellite tv for pc photos displaying explosions in Tel Aviv set to a menacing soundtrack.

Kan performed down the hack, noting that the evening ended with out similarly incident as Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, San Marino and Slovenia made it via to Saturday’s finals.

“We recognise that at a certain level there was an attempt, apparently by way of Hamas, to commandeer our virtual broadcast,” Kan CEO, Eldad Koblenz, instructed Israel’s navy Radio.

“however i'm happy to mention that within a few minutes we controlled to assume manage over this phenomenon.”

Palestinians and their foreign supporters have referred to as, thus far fruitlessly, on countries to shun the Tel Aviv songfest as part of wider efforts to isolate Israel internationally.

Many boycott calls have focused Madonna, who arrived in Israel on Tuesday, ahead of the american pop megastar’s visitor overall performance on the Eurovision final.

the second one semi-final is on Thursday.

Rebuffing the stress, Madonna stated she would “by no means stop gambling track to match someone’s political schedule”.

the ecu Broadcasting Union, which oversees the contest, did no longer have a number of to hand for global viewers of Tuesday’s show. However an EBU spokesman stated that, remaining yr, a total of 186 million human beings watched both semi-finals and the finals.