Israel is taking Islamic Jihad’s recent threats to disrupt this year’s Eurovision very seriously.
The Israeli army has deployed several more Iron Dome anti-missile batteries throughout the country in response to not only the threat but growing tension in the Gaza Strip. This past Monday Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip that fell into the sea off the coast of Israel last Monday night.
Israel is also gearing up for an uptick in violence with Israel’s Independence Day just around the corner, the Muslim Ramadan which starts today, and the May 14th anniversary of the US Embassy’s transfer to Jerusalem
Last month, Hamas also threatened to ‘disrupt’ this year’s Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv. In a video that circulated around social media, the terrorist organization insinuated that rockets will be fired on Tel Aviv during the contest if by then Israel does not respond positively to their demands.
ברשתות החברתיות הפלסטיניות מופץ בשעה האחרונה סרטון שמאיים על ישראל כי לא תוכל לקיים את האירוויזיון אם לא תיישם את ההבנות שהיא הבטיחה ברצועת עזה. לא ברור מי עומד מאחורי הסרטון@nurityohanan @kaisos1987 @HaimOmri pic.twitter.com/uOqm0E1YW5
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In the video, the complex in which the contest will be held is under crossfires with the message “There will be no celebrations or dancing while two million Gazans suffer. If you want to celebrate, remove the blockade and don’t stray from the agreement. Implement the understandings, so that you can celebrate.”
Eurovision is one of the biggest international cultural events in the world. All eyes will be on Israel this year who will be hosting the event between May 14th and May 18th.