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Sweden: Singing for Palestine

Sweden, Malmo
May 16, 2013 at 21:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

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Sweden: Singing for Palestine

In protest against Israel's participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest 25 members of the Swedish activist group "Isolera Israel" gathered in a singing protest on Thursday evening in Malmo. Over three days in May Sweden is hosting the annual televised EuroVision Song Contest, with the grand finalists competing this upcoming Saturday on May 18.

The protest songs "Isolera Israel" chose to sing were revised versions of previous winning Swedish Eurovision entrants, which ranged from "Waterloo" by ABBA, "Diigi-Loo, Diigi-Ley" by Herreys, "Fangad av en stormvind" by Carola, "Take me to your heaven" by Charlotte Nilsson to "Euphoria" by Loree.

According to the groups website the lyrics were modified to protest against Israel's occupation, the right for Palestinian people to return to Israel and to grant Palestinian Israelis' equal civic rights.

On Thursday the activists performed outside of coffee shops, restaurants, main squares, the Eurovision Village and the Malmo Arena, where the EuroVision competitors perform.

Tourists and citizens of Malmo listened attentively and some of them even joined and sung along, while others applauded or took pictures.

The activist group already protested against Israel in Malmo on May 15, which is a day internationally commemorated by Palestinians as Al-Nakba day, the 'day of catastrophe'. Al-Nakba remembers the thousands of Palestinians who were displaced and then dispersed across the Middle East following the creation of the State of Israel in May 1948.

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Sweden: Singing for Palestine

In protest against Israel's participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest 25 members of the Swedish activist group "Isolera Israel" gathered in a singing protest on Thursday evening in Malmo. Over three days in May Sweden is hosting the annual televised EuroVision Song Contest, with the grand finalists competing this upcoming Saturday on May 18.

The protest songs "Isolera Israel" chose to sing were revised versions of previous winning Swedish Eurovision entrants, which ranged from "Waterloo" by ABBA, "Diigi-Loo, Diigi-Ley" by Herreys, "Fangad av en stormvind" by Carola, "Take me to your heaven" by Charlotte Nilsson to "Euphoria" by Loree.

According to the groups website the lyrics were modified to protest against Israel's occupation, the right for Palestinian people to return to Israel and to grant Palestinian Israelis' equal civic rights.

On Thursday the activists performed outside of coffee shops, restaurants, main squares, the Eurovision Village and the Malmo Arena, where the EuroVision competitors perform.

Tourists and citizens of Malmo listened attentively and some of them even joined and sung along, while others applauded or took pictures.

The activist group already protested against Israel in Malmo on May 15, which is a day internationally commemorated by Palestinians as Al-Nakba day, the 'day of catastrophe'. Al-Nakba remembers the thousands of Palestinians who were displaced and then dispersed across the Middle East following the creation of the State of Israel in May 1948.