WATCH as 26 countries compete to win the world’s largest international music contest. – Madonna and Netta Barzilai, last year’s winner, will perform during intermission. – Watch Shalva Band performing A Million Dreams at the 2nd Semi-Final.
Tel Aviv pulled out all the stops Saturday night for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest that began in the city at 10pm. Fans of the show had the city crowded from the late afternoon, with many main roads closed.
The Saturday show was the culmination of a week-long event, including two semifinals on Tuesday and Thursday.
Israel very much went all in for the event, building a Eurovision village on a beachfront Park, where Eurovision fans could soak up the atmosphere, enjoy food stalls and special live events at night. Continue Reading »
While BDS activists and mainstream media focus their attention on the Arabs who hate Israel, meet Lucy Ayoub, an Israeli Arab that’s hosting this week’s Eurovision, and who loves the Jewish State.
By David Lazarus
Too bad that the world’s media is focusing this week on Nakba Day as 10,000 Arab Israeli citizens march around in angry protests to memorialize what they consider “the catastrophe of the creation of the State of Israel as their personal tragedy.”
Meanwhile, 300 million people around the globe are watching the Israeli Arab who loves the Jewish Nation as she hosts the Eurovision Song Contest from Tel-Aviv. Continue Reading »
The Israel Law Center, Shurat HaDin, a civil rights NGO asked Israel’s Interior Minister to prevent Iceland’s Hatari band from entering the country over its intention to use the stage as a political platform to criticize Israel’s settlement policy, knowing it would violate the rules of the European music competition.
By Raz Shechnik
An Israeli organization has asked the government to prevent the Icelandic entrant into the Eurovision Song Contest being allowed in the country over alleged claims that the BDSM techno band Hatari intended to use its time on stage to criticize Israel’s settlement policy and express support for the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
The Shalva group, which includes members who are blind and have Down syndrome, says the European Broadcasting Union discriminate against Orthodox Jews after denying their request for scheduling changes and staging compulsory rehearsals on the Jewish Sabbath.
By the Associated Press
An Israeli band that includes musicians with special needs has dropped out of the Eurovision Song Contest because it would force some of its observant members to perform on a Saturday, the Jewish day of rest.
The Shalva group said Wednesday it’s quitting Israel’s qualifying competition after the Eurovision organizers said it would make no exceptions for the Jewish state’s ultimate winner. Continue Reading »
More than 50 British ‘culture figures’ sign protest letter insisting the BBC cancel their planned televised coverage of the yearly singing contest because, in their opinion, the hosting country Israel, ‘violates Palestinian human rights.’
By Danit Zamit
More than 50 British musicians, authors and prominent figures in the film industry have called on the BBC not to broadcast the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest because it will be hosted by Israel.
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, singer Peter Gabriel, film director Ken Loach and writer Mike Leigh are among the celebrities who signed a letter calling to ban this year’s contest, which will take place in May in Tel Aviv. Continue Reading »
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