The BDSM-clad techno-punk band, Hatari, has challenged Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to a contest of Icelandic wrestling.

Yesterday, an unnamed spokesperson for the band read a statement on Iceland’s radio station, Rás 2 challenging Netanyahu to “a friendly match of traditional Icelandic trouser grip wrestling, or glíma”.


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If accepted, the match will take place on Magen David Square in Tel Aviv on May 19th—the day after the Eurovision song contest—at a time of Netanyahu’s choosing.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been challenged to a traditional Icelandic wrestling match by Iceland’s Eurovision frontrunner, Hatari. Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: Krmlin.ru

The content will be played with traditional “trouser grip rules”, and any illegal holds and unsportsmanlike behaviour will lead to disqualification. The band also states that ‘drengskapur’ (e. honour) will be upheld by a neutral UN-sponsored referee.

If the chosen Hatari champion wins the fight, the members of Hatari would like to reserve the right to settle within Israel’s borders and establish the first-ever liberal BDSM colony on the Mediterranean coast.


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If Netanyahu wins, however, Hatari has promised him full political and economic control of Vestmannaeyjar, otherwise known as Westman Islands archipelago, located just off Iceland’s South Coast. They further promised that the band will ensure the successful removal of the island’s current inhabitants.

The statement ends in Hatari’s motto—which is also the name of their Eurovision entry—Hatrið mun sigra, hate will prevail.

Credit: Hatari Facebook

Hatari is an award-winning gothic-techno-punk group whose antics are now (in)famous throughout Iceland. In December, the band announced their retirement after “failing to dismantle capitalism”, only to reappear in January as one of the ten acts competing to represent Iceland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

They are also one of the 30 bands announced at this year’s Iceland Airwaves Festival.


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The Icelandic nation has debated whether or not to participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and the state-run television station, RÚV, was pressured to boycott this year’s song contest due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

Hatari is the frontrunner for Iceland’s entry in Eurovision this year, a solace for those protesting RÚV’s decision to participate in the song contest.

See glíma in action below! 


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