Eurovision bosses investigate Iceland's Palestine banner demonstration during final in Israel

Jacob Jarvis
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Eurovision bosses investigate Iceland's Palestine banner demonstration during final in Israel

Eurovision bosses investigate Iceland's Palestine banner demonstration during final in Israel

Iceland’s Eurovision performers could face disciplinary action from the event’s organisers after holding up Palestinian banners during the final in Israel.

The hard rock group, named Hatari, held up the flags which read Palestine as results were called.

The band from Reykjavik, who finished 10th, made peace sign gestures as they held the banners before security swiftly took them away.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has said this "directly contradicts the contest rules”.

Hatari came 10th in the contest (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

It added that “the consequences of this action will be discussed” and rules do state acts can be disqualified for political statements.

Hatari’s action was not the only political statement of the night, with main performer Madonna also referencing the conflict between Israel and Palestine in her performance from Tel Aviv.

Two of her backing dancers displayed flags on the back of their outfits – one an Israeli flag and the other Palestinian.

Two dancers wore Israeli and Palestinian flags in Madonna's performance (Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

They were then seen arm in arm walking from the front to the back of the stage before making their exit.

The EBU said this was not planned and had not been part of dress rehearsals.

In both instances the EBU reiterated its stance that it as a “non-political event”.

This year's competition was more politically charged due to its location and there was a campaign by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement that urged artists, fans and broadcasters to shun the event to protest against Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza.

Israel said calls to boycott the competition were discriminatory and anti-Semitic, which the BDS movement denies.