A group of anti-Israel protesters disrupted Israeli Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai during a live performance on French TV.
Barzilai had made a special appearance during the semi-final of Destination Eurovision, the French television show that selects the country’s contestant for the international singing competition. Barzilai performed her winning song, “Toy,” for the appreciative audience.
After she finished singing – but while Barzilai was still on stage – a group of protesters jumped on the stage holding signs. The protesters were removed by security within 30 seconds.
The signs, written in French, read: “No to the Eurovision 2019 in Israel.” The BDS France movement took credit for the stunt on its Twitter page, using the hashtags “#DestinationApartheid” and “#BoycottEurovision2019.”
France 2, the network which airs Destination Eurovision, released a statement, saying: “Eurovision is above all entertainment on a unique international scale and open to great artistic diversity. Music, which has no borders, represents a universal ambition of dialogue between peoples, openness and living together.”
In a statement, Barzilai said that she had “an amazing evening, with incredible energy and an embrace from the French audience. Five people who came to spread darkness and not to talk about music and love couldn’t ruin an evening like this.”