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France threatens to boycott Eurovision over Israeli TV series

Feb. 21, 2019 4:39 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 24, 2019 1:39 P.M.)
PARIS (Ma'an) -- France reportedly threatened to boycott the Eurovision song contest to be held in Tel Aviv, in southern Israel, as a form of protest against an Israeli television series which portrays France’s entry in the competition as a terrorist.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported, on Thursday, that the Israeli television series entitled “Douze Points,” portrays a French-Algerian Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist posing as a homosexual who represents his country at the international song contest, in hopes of carrying out a terrorist attack live on television.

The television series will air the same week as Eurovision 2019, which is being hosted by Israel in mid-May.

Sources added he series has apparently caused tension with French authorities due to France’s contestant at the Eurovision being Bilal Hassani, a homosexual with a Muslim background.

The French TV broadcasting authority has warned the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation against airing the controversial series and threatened to boycott the contest if it is not cancelled.

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