This Saturday night, the annual international TV song competition Eurovision will hold its event, this year in Kiev. (Ukraine won last year, and the winner hosts the next year’s event.)
To the competing countries, this is A. Very. Big. Deal: This is the Super Bowl of song competitions.
Israel won, in 1978 and 1979.
In 1978, when it became clear that Israel would win, the broadcasting company of Jordan stopped the live broadcast, claiming they had “technical difficulties.” A day later they presented the song from Belgium – which came in second, as the winning song.
This year’s entry from Israel is “I Feel Alive.” It’s sung in English, and has a catchy Mediterranean pop beat.
But the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) anti-Israel crowd is urging the voters to make sure Israel loses.
Imri Ziv, Israel’s representative in this week’s 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, may “feel alive” as his entry song goes, but a group of Israelis affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is definitely not feeling the love.
The small but vocal group aired its grievances in a Facebook group called “Eurovision boycott of Israel – ZERO points to the song of Israeli Apartheid….
Addressing all 43 participating countries in the song contest, the group tells potential voters that they “would be able to strike a big blow for justice and human dignity at small cost, without leaving your living room.
“If you care about such things as justice, freedom, human rights or simple human decency, you should take part in the Eurovision televoting process. In general, you should rate the various songs as you see fit – but take care to give the Israeli song A BIG FAT ZERO.”….