Eurovision finals to air in Tel Aviv in politically charged contest

Israeli government, pro-Palestinian activists and Orthodox rabbis have sought to politicise proceedings

Eurovision’s 2019 finals are due to kick off in Israel on Saturday night, the climax to a heated run-up that as well as musical performances has included pro-Palestinian boycott calls and raised fears a war with Gaza might scupper the entire event.

An estimated 200 million viewers worldwide are expected to tune in as 26 finalists compete to win the longest-running TV music competition.

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