BERIUT, Lebanon, March 19 (UPI) -- Lebanon has withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest, after TV channel Tele-liban refused to show the Israeli entry because of Lebanon's laws.
The Tele-liban told the European Broadcasting Union that under law it was nearly impossible to broadcast the Israeli performance, the BBC reported Saturday.
The contest rules state all countries taking part in the competition must show the entire event.
Lebanon, taking part in the contest for the first time this year, was to have been represented by singer Aline Lahoud in the semi-final in Kiev, Ukraine, May 19.
"When we told them they had to broadcast the entire program, they decided to withdraw from the contest," said Eurovision's executive supervisor Svante Stockselius. "I feel particularly sorry for Aline Lahoud."