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Is Israel's Eurovision Entry Really Just a Zionist Anthem?

Europe has gone gaga for Netta Barzilai. Raking in over 22 million hits on YouTube, Israel's eclectic Eurovision entry is a hot favourite to win the continental kitschfest on Saturday night. "Toy" has been celebrated as a statement of female empowerment. But listen more closely, and this spunky, defiant number is clearly a Zionist power anthem. It's also a musical two fingers up at the Europe that could vote it to victory.

Watch the news, and Israel might look like a permanent warzone, viewed through the lens of its conflict with the Palestinians and treated as Europe's compensation for the Holocaust. Not so, says Netta to her Middle Eastern beats: "Look at me, I'm a beautiful creature." Israel is a vibrant, assertive, attractive place that wants to flaunt its achievements to the world.

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Author:Aslan-Levy, Eylon
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Geographic Code:7ISRA
Date:May 11, 2018
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