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Belgium broadcaster interrupts Eurovision semi final to condemn Israel's war on Gaza

A Belgian broadcaster interrupted its coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest semi-final on Thursday night to display a protest message condemning Israel's war on Gaza. 

In an act organised by a trade union, the screen briefly went black ahead of the semi-final coverage on VRT, Belgium's public-service broadcaster in Flemish. 

It then aired the message: "This is a union action. We condemn the human rights violations by the state of Israel. Moreover, the state of Israel destroys press freedom. Therefore, we are interrupting the broadcast momentarily." 

The message concluded with the hashtags "CeasefireNow" and "StopGenocide". 

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Israeli singer Eden Golan in Sweden's Malmo on 9 May 2024 reacting after reaching the final of the Eurovision Song Contest (AFP/Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix)
Israeli singer Eden Golan in Sweden's Malmo on 9 May 2024 reacting after reaching the final of the Eurovision Song Contest (AFP/Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix)