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Madonna rebuffs Israel Eurovision boycott calls

AP  |  Jerusalem 

Pop star has rejected calls for her to boycott this year's in Israel, saying she will "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda."

issued a statement on Tuesday, ahead of her expected arrival in for a performance at the Eurovision event.

said her "heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict."

She says she prays for "a new path toward peace." The Palestinian-led boycott movement against has urged artists to skip this week's Eurovision in In a statement, it accused Madonna of "artwashing" and urged her to cancel.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 17:21 IST