Israeli viewers watching the Eurovision song contest on the Kan public broadcaster’s website Tuesday were briefly interrupted by a series of threats after hackers apparently broke into a live stream, The Times of Israel reports.
The hacked message replaced the campy song contest with a video of a forged warning from the Israel Defense Forces telling viewers within 1.2 kilometers of the Eurovision song contest venue in north Tel Aviv to seek shelter from an imminent rocket attack.
Aerial images showed simulated explosions at sites near the Eurovision venue. The approximately two-minute video ended with a warning that “Israel is not safe, you will see.”
Israel's national broadcaster has blamed Hamas for the hacking of the webcast, though the Palestinian militant group has not commented.
On May 14, the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 kicked off in Israel. The first semifinal brought ten countries who made it to the ultimate round of the European Song Competition. These are Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, San Marino, and Slovenia.
Ukraine would not send its representative to Eurovision-2019. The reason was extensive politicization during the national selection. Ukrainians are not able to vote for the singers.
Singer Anna Korsun (Maruv), the winner of the national selection would not represent Ukraine at the song contest “Eurovision 2019.” Maruv said that she was forced to refuse from the participation in the contest from Ukraine due to her tour in Russia.