World Bulletin / News Desk
More than 22,000 people have so far signed the petition, which was initiated by developer Arni Steingrimur Sigurosson who urged the country's national broadcaster RUV to boycott the song contest, according to Iceland's state television SVT on Thursday; pop star Paul Oskar is among those who have signed the petition.
The petition began in the wake of Israeli forces in Gaza martyring more than 60 unarmed Palestinian protesters on Monday.
Earlier, RUV said 18,000 signatures on the petition account for 4.8 percent of Iceland's population, adding it could influence the network's decision on Eurovision.
Swedish Aftonbladet daily said Iceland's boycott campaign against the 64th Eurovision Song Contest could spread to other countries rapidly and the contest could be moved to another country instead of Israel or result in many countries not participating in Eurovision.
Dublin Mayor also has urged the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador in the wake of Israeli killings of dozens of unarmed Palestinian protesters, local media reported Thursday.
Monday’s protests in Gaza coincided with Israel’s 70th anniversary -- an event Palestinians refer to as Nakba or the Catastrophe -- and the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Since the mass Gaza rallies began on March 30, more than 100 Palestinian protesters have been martyred by Israeli army gunfire.
Last week, the Israeli government claimed the ongoing protests constitute a “state of war” in which international humanitarian law does not apply.
This is what we know about the Boeing passenger plane crash that happened in Cuba on Friday, as the aircraft was taking off from Havana to a city on the east of the island nation
Polls opened early Sunday in Venezuela in elections boycotted by the main opposition parties, and heavily criticized by the United States, the European Union and many Latin American governments.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized in the West Bank, a Palestinian official said on Sunday, providing no further details on his condition.
Militants were ambushed while preparing to attack a village southwest of Kirkuk
After weeks of warm words and diplomatic backslapping, Pyongyang abruptly threatened to pull out of the planned summit next month because of US demands for "unilateral nuclear abandonment", according to the North's official KCNA news agency.
Demonstrators call for end to Israeli occupation, independent investigation into Gaza killings
Dirceu lost an appeal against his conviction for money laundering, corruption and membership of a criminal group, at a court in Porto Alegre on Thursday.
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) won 25 seats, up from 19 in the 2014 election
Turkish presidential spokesman calls US move on relocating embassy 'last nail in coffin'
Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim wrote on Twitter that "fast moving lava from Fissure 20 has crossed Pohoiki Rd near Malama Ki Place," near the Puna forest reserve.
Cabello, a Socialist party boss and former speaker of the National Assembly, was targeted along with his wife, brother and an associate deemed a front man acting on Cabello's behalf.
Report says region will be 1st area of Syria from which US is 'officially disengaging', apart from humanitarian aid
Suspected shooter has been taken into custody as well as 2 persons of interest
Boeing 737 crashes shortly after take off from Jose Marti International airport in Havana
News conference held and final declaration issued as summit concludes
Palestine is ‘not a priority’ for some Arab countries, leading Nahda member says.