ISRAEL – Miri Regev, Israeli Minister of Culture, criticized the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 due to the exclusion of Judea and Samaria from the locations chosen for the recordings of the event postcards.
After being advanced that the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 would avoid the transmission of images of Judea and Samaria in the competition, the country’s Culture Minister, Miri Regev, criticized KAN’s decision.
“They made a big mistake,” said the minister, assuring that Judea and Samaria, a term used by the Israeli government for the West Bank, a region considered by the international community to be occupied by Israel, is ‘part of Israel'”.
On the other hand, a KAN representative responded to Miri Regev’s statements:
“We are glad that the postcards are of great interest and that people are confident that they will show the world a wide variety of interesting places in Israel,” he said, reiterating that “The Eurovision Song Contest is by no means a political event.”