Israeli broadcaster says Eurovision webcast hacked, blames Hamas

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Performers from countries that qualified to the final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest gather on stage at the end of the first semi final session in Tel Aviv, Israel May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel’s webcast of the Eurovision Song Contest semi-final was hacked with animated images of explosions in the host city of Tel Aviv, national broadcaster Kan said on Wednesday, casting blame on Hamas militants.

Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, had no immediate comment. Israel’s hosting of Eurovision 2019 has drawn pro-Palestinian boycott calls.

Reporting by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Andrew Cawthorne

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