Pro-Palestinian Protesters Demonstrate Against Israel’s Participation In Eurovision Amid Gaza War

Tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators were expected to partake in a protest against Israel’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday.

The protest coincides with Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza which has killed over 30,000 Palestinians most of whom are women and children according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg was among those detained by Swedish police at the protest. Thunberg who was wearing a keffiyeh was escorted away from the event by the cops according to footage from the incident.

The demonstration was organized to protest the participation of Israeli singer Eden Golan, 20, in the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Golan had been met with a chorus of cheers and boos in dress rehearsals and the semi-final on Thursday the BBC reported.

Student movements around the globe have kicked off a series of protests against Israel’s war in Gaza from Columbia University in New York to Cambridge in the U.K. and hundreds of other schools. Police have cracked down on protests leading to thousands of arrests.

Protesters carried signs reading “STOP USING Eurovision TO WHITEWASH THE ISRAELI CRIMES” and “WELCOME TO GENOCIDE SONG CONTEST” alongside an image of a heart dripping red ink.

Thunberg has found herself as the poster child for a host of leftist issues in recent years when not pushing the climate extremist policies she has become famous worldwide for.