Israel had hoped to use the Eurovision Song Contest to bolster its international image. We were there to remind the world that there is no business as usual with an occupying state. By Tanya Rubinstein Contrary to the forecasts, Tel Aviv was not flooded by tens of thousands of European tourists last week, when Israel hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, as was repeatedly promised over the last year. City leaders hastened to reassure residents that the reason for the relatively small number of visitors had absolutely nothing to do with politics. Instead, they said, it was all economic considerations: Tel Aviv is…Read More... | 11 Comments
Israelis and Palestinians commemorate a year since Israeli troops killed over 60 Palestinian demonstrators in a single day during the Great March of Return. Some protesters call to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Tel Aviv. Hundreds of Israeli and Palestinians marched in Tel Aviv on Tuesday to mark a year since Israeli troops shot dead over 60 Palestinians and wounded thousands more on the Israel-Gaza border as part of the Great Return March. [tmwinpost] The Great Return March, which began in March 2018, included mass protests on the Gaza-Israel fence. On May 15, 2o18, Israeli snipers opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators marking Nakba Day,…Read More... | 4 Comments
This year's Eurovision slogan is 'Dare to Dream.' Activestills asked Palestinians what their dreams are. Israel will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest this year, with some 200 million people expected to watch from around the world. The event, which will take place from May 14 to May 18 in Tel Aviv, falls around Nakba Day, during which Palestinians remember the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled and fled, and over 500 villages that were destroyed, in the 1948 war. [tmwinpost] In a play on the competition's slogan for this year, "Dare to Dream," Activestills asked Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank…Read More... | 17 Comments
Yes, Netanyahu is facing corruption probes and is practically annexing the West Bank. But for many Jewish Israelis, he has also provided relative security, a better economy, and growing international legitimacy — which makes the unknown alternative much worse. Benjamin Netanyahu won his fifth election campaign Tuesday, making him Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. Most Israeli citizens, and an overwhelming majority of Jewish Israelis, prefer to continue with the exact same policies that the Likud has put forward over the past decade. These voters rejected most of the far-right, fundamentalist parties that call for formal annexation, turned the Zionist left into an insignificant…Read More... | 9 Comments
From Google Maps' erasure of Palestine, to Israel's Eurovision win, to the new Jewish-Arab movement that plans to save the Israeli left, here are the most popular articles we published this past year. By +972 Magazine Staff 25. 'We'll ensure it doesn't escalate to violence — on our end' It's hard to believe now, but 2018 began with a glimmer of hope for the residents of the Gaza Strip, as nonviolent activists planned mass demonstrations at the Israel-Gaza fence demanding freedom and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the organizers of the "Great Return March" spoke at…Read More...
A new video parodying Netta Barzilai's 'Toy,' which won this year's Eurovision contest, criticizes Israelis for celebrating in Tel Aviv as Palestinians just an hour away are being killed by IDF snipers. Last week three major events occurred in Israel and Palestine. Israel gunned down 60 demonstrators in Gaza as the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem was inaugurated, while tens of thousands of Israelis packed into Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to celebrate singer Netta Barzilai's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest. Barzilai had just returned from Lisbon, where she won the annual song competition with her song "Toy," a pop take down of macho culture, replete…Read More... | 4 Comments
Gambino's new music video illustrates why audiences should focus on the injustices unfolding in the background of artistic performances – especially those representing the state. In the music video for his new single “This is America,” the singer and rapper Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) dances in a warehouse while scenes of violence and chaos unfold around him. Among other messages, the video is a reflection of how art can be used to distract people's attention from the brutal realities faced by Black Americans and other people of color in the United States. Gun murders, police sirens, running youths, and other…Read More... | 10 Comments
Netta Barzilai is an incredible talent and deserved to win Europe’s most important song competition. But her victory, even if inadvertently, is a victory for the occupation. I'm a huge fan of Netta Barzilai. I think she's a rare musical genius. I was rooting for her as she was competing to represent Israel in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Late at night on Saturday, as votes from across Europe were coming in, I was sitting on the edge of my seat, yelling at each country that didn't vote for her, eventually bursting out in joyous laughter as she won the popular vote and…Read More... | 2 Comments
Netta Barzilai is an impressive performer with an impressive act that Israelis can be proud to be represented by. But that's not all she represents. Israel is buzzing with excitement over the country's contestant in this year's Eurovision, and for good reason. Netta Barzilai is talented, has an awesome vibe, and is a strong female character who bucks all of the traits we have become used to seeing in a female performer. If you are a left-wing, Jewish feminist, and even if you're not, it's hard not to fall in love with her. So it wasn't surprising that a campaign…Read More... | 9 Comments
The song, 'Death to the West,' 'sounds quite thematically heavy, but I’m sure audiences the world over will love the uplifting chorus,' the all-too-serious report quotes an all-too-made-up Islamic State spokesperson saying. By Oren Persico Ahead of the Eurovision singing contest slated to take place in Sweden later this month, “NRG”, a major news outlets in Israel, published an article on “all of the fears” the popular televised event is raising in Israel, Europe and beyond. Among a number of very real threats listed in the article was one allegedly posed by ISIS. Not a threat to attack the singing…Read More...
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