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Sun May 12, 2019, 06:47 PM

Politics Takes Center Stage As Israel Hosts Eurovision



By ISABEL DEBRE
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JERUSALEM (AP) — As host of this year’s Eurovision, Israel has tried to use the hugely popular song contest to present itself as a tolerant and cosmopolitan country that is winning increased acceptance on the world stage. But despite Israel’s best branding efforts, the kitschy festival is clouded in political conflict and controversy.

Palestinian militants bombarded southern Israel with hundreds of rockets during a bloody round of fighting last week, raising concerns that the contest could be disrupted by violence. The Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel has been urging tourists and artists to stay home. Even an Israeli promotional video for the contest appears to have backfired, drawing accusations of anti-Semitism and misogyny.

“There’s definitely more controversy around Israel’s contest than past ones,” said John Kennedy O’Connor, who wrote the official history of Eurovision.

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O’Connor described hosting Eurovision as a “golden opportunity” for a small country like Israel trying to sell itself as a holiday destination. “Israel can take control of its image and say ‘look, we’re bringing nations together and putting on a great show,’” he said.

But almost immediately, the Palestinian-led BDS movement, which promotes boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, began calling on performers to pull out of the contest over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.


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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 06:59 PM

1. Israel hosting eurovision, lol and turkey STILL can't get in the EU

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 09:06 PM

2. Eurovision is always a blast

it's fine with me if the savages go for publicity like the ones in the op photo, best to be able to recognize them.

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Response to Nephrite (Reply #2)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:11 PM

3. You've been to one? Do tell... nt

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #3)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:32 PM

4. nope always watch on TV

it has been broadcast since the 80's. Surprised you were not aware, you are paid to be aware of things in the US i presume?

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Response to Nephrite (Reply #4)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:37 PM

5. Not for bullshit involving actors, singers or other NPC's. I'm assigned to a far different interest

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Sun May 12, 2019, 11:00 PM

6. Iranian General: 'Erasing Israel Off the Map' Is 'Nonnegotiable'

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