In rare move, Home Front Command to issue safety guidelines for Israelis at Eurovision

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The completed Eurovision stage at Malmo Arena is shown at a press conference in Malmo, Sweden, on April 25, 2024. (Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency via AP, File)
The completed Eurovision stage at Malmo Arena is shown at a press conference in Malmo, Sweden, on April 25, 2024. (Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency via AP, File)

In a rare move, the IDF Home Front Command will issue guidelines to Israelis in Sweden’s Malmö in the event of an emergency there, amid the Eurovision Song Contest.

The instructions will be issued via the Home Front Command mobile app, which is normally only used in Israel for rocket attacks and other incidents such as earthquakes.

The move comes as the National Security Council issued an updated travel warning for Malmö, citing “a well-founded fear” that terrorists could target Israelis attending the Eurovision.

The Israeli military says the Home Front Command will update its app for Israelis staying in the city with “instructions for behavior in an emergency situation, outside the country’s borders.”

It says the app will enable the National Security Council to send messages in “real-time” to Israelis in Malmö between May 2 and 12, “subject to an assessment of the situation.”

“This is a unique move adapted for the Eurovision event only and within the defined schedules,” the IDF adds.

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