Iceland displaying a Palestinian flag from the green room during Eurovision scoring will be reviewed by the the European Broadcasting Union.
Organisers issued a statement after the flag was quickly held up by Hatari.
“In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, Hatari, the Icelandic act, briefly displayed small Palestinian banners whilst sat in the Green Room. The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and this directly contradicts the contest’s rules. The banners were quickly removed and the consequences of this action will be discussed by the Reference Group (the contest’s executive board) after the contest,” they said.
Amongst possible actions, it could lead to Iceland being banned from next year’s event.
Madonna’s dancers also displayed both Israeli and Palestinian flags at the end of her act, following previous statements, ““I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda, nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be.”