Palestinians exploring Eurovision participation

The Palestinians are exploring the possibility of participating in the Eurovision Song Contest next year, a Danish diplomat said Thursday. Two companies for artistic development, the Danish Superflex and the Palestinian Sabreen, have signed an agreement to lobby among Eurovision member states for the idea, and to help the Palestine Broadcasting Corp. with technical preparations, said Rolf Holmboe, a Danish diplomat in the West Bank. Holmboe said Palestinian participation could help create positve symbols of Palestinian unity and reinforce the idea of peacemaking with Israel. The Danish Representative Office in the West Bank is contributing about $140,000 to the project, he said.