Eurovision fail: Israel takes heat for promo joking about occupation, greedy Jews & ‘lovely b*tches’
May 14, 2019 | Story | No Comments
Eurovision organizers wanted to advertise Israel to tourists and show that the locals aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves but missed the mark completely uniting the most fierce political rivals in outrage.
The clip, released by state-owned Kan broadcaster ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel-Aviv next week, begins with a pair of terrified European guests arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport. They are jumped on by the contest’s host Lucy Ayoub and the channel’s journalist Elia Grinfeld, who break into a catchy song full of various stereotypes about Israel.
“Don’t say a word, I know what you just heard, that it’s a land of war and occupation. But we have so much more than that,” Lucy and Elia reassure the visitors in the opening verse of their 4-minute-long musical number.
They then insist that people in Israel treat each other as “frenemies” because most of them have “complex identities.”
The exercise in self-deprecation continues with a scene at the shop where Elia sings that “most of us are Jews but only some of us are greedy” as he snatches the tourist’s change for himself.
Lucy and Elia then warn the Eurovision guests of “mad drivers,” recommend enjoying “our lovely b*tches” and the Dead Sea soon to be obsolete because of industries, trying “good shawarma” and to laugh at shops working on Saturday.
For most of the video, Elia is also seen sporting a t-shirt, which reads: “I love Iron Dome,” referring to the Israeli air defense system.
However, when the video was released on Friday not many in Israel and abroad got the joke, no matter of their political affiliation.
Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, raged on Twitter over taxpayer money being used to make an “anti-Semitic” video.
Other right-wing commentators also chipped in, saying that the clip didn’t mock, but only reinforced negative stereotypes about Jewish people.
Some suggested that the scandalous video was sponsored by Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) international movement, which pushes for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories. But a pro-BDS Jewish Voice for Peace group also attacked the clip, describing as “anti-Semitism and misogyny set to music.”
There were, of course, some Twitterati, who supported the video and even called it “genius,” but the majority of comments were still on the negative side.
The Palestinians were also unhappy, but for another reason. They said the part in which Israeli performers briefly visit Jerusalem and refer to it as “our beloved capital,” was “unacceptable” claiming the video “wipes… the State of Palestine from the map.”
The PA’s foreign ministry demanded the sequence about Jerusalem be removed from the promo and accused Israel of using the Eurovision to “entrench its colonial occupation by effectively normalizing the global acceptance of its unlawful conduct.”
Think your friends would be interested?