Israel has been allowed to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest despite petitions calling for its exclusion due to the Gaza war.
Why it matters
The decision to allow Israel to compete in Eurovision despite controversy over the Gaza war has sparked debate and drawn attention to the intersection of politics and entertainment.
What the papers say
The European Broadcasting Union emphasized the non-political nature of the event, while a letter signed by over 400 entertainment industry figures expressed support for Israel's participation, arguing that unifying events like Eurovision are crucial for bridging cultural divides.
How we got here
Israel's participation in Eurovision has faced increasing pressure for exclusion due to its military operations in the Gaza strip, with calls for a boycott and petitions gathering thousands of signatures.
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