It might be irritating for many what’s going on in Israel right now. The current situation with the bombing of Tel Aviv by a rocket has shocked the world. In a few weeks’ time the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv.
Will the visitors be safe during the time of the event?
Normally, the Eurovision Song Contest is an unpolitical event which is made to bring people together from all parts of Europe and beyond, music should building bridges. But when a host country is being attacked by militant groups it’s a reason to ask, if the entire event is on the safe side. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) together with the host broadcaster are obliged to guarantee the maximum of security in the arena and around the main point of interests like EuroVillage, EuroClub and Red Carpet.
In 2017 Kiev hosted the ESC, while at the Eastern part of the country war-like situations could be monitored, but that was 1000 km away from the capital. Nowadays rockets from Gaza could even reach Tel Aviv.
What shall the visitors do when there is an alarm or attack in the city?
It seems that the situation is escalating. The elections of the Israeli Parliament are in the beginning of April. When it gets worse, the EBU is forced to act to postpone the event, put it to another location or cancel the ESC.
Let’s hope everything calms down and the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv can happen in a peaceful and happy atmosphere.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!