"I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda..."

Madonna has defended her decision to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.

The singer is expected to perform two songs at this weekend's ceremony, although the final decision on her appearance seems to be up in the air.

The Jerusalem Post expects Madonna to arrive in Tel Aviv today - May 15th - for the ceremony, but Eurovision’s executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand cast doubt on this during a press conference.

Madonna intends to make the ceremony, and issued a statement via Reuters on opposition to her performing on Israeli soil.

She wrote: “I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be”.

“My 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. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace”.

The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Tel Aviv on May 17th.

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