Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Eurovision victor rejects Russian award because she'll be busy marching at Pride

Eurovision victor rejects Russian award because she'll be busy marching at Pride

Barzilai's song "Toy" garnered 529 points between national judging panels and viewer votes in the 63rd year of the contest, giving Israel it's fourth win. "Next year in Jerusalem!" wrote Netanyahu on Twitter to Netta. But unlike other nations, in order for it to do battle within the parameters of an global contest, Israel must also fight the forces of "BDS" - the Palestinian-initiated effort to isolate the Jewish state by not participating in cultural, academic, sporting or professional events. Israeli public broadcaster Kan partnered with Rabbi Interactive Agency of Tel Aviv to offer an augmented-reality Facebook effect using Barzilai's photos and clips.

But the organisers denied any intentional snub of Jerusalem, which Israel and the United States consider its capital despite the refusal of most of the world's countries to agree. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, a position with wide global backing. "Because we are separated with so many views and political sides and all that, this contest made us one country, one people and I'm so happy for that".

A win at the hugely popular Eurovision contest is as big as it gets.

Netanyahu referenced Barzilai again in a speech Sunday morning, saying: "These days Jerusalem is blessed with many gifts. We received another one last night with Netta's thrilling and suspenseful victory", he said.

Davka, the timing of Eurovision this year is so siyata d'Shmaya, Hand of Gd.

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Stand-in keeper Oisin McEntee donned the gloves for Redan's retake, but couldn't stop his side from crashing out. The penalty was forced to be retaken, which Redan did to see the Dutch advance to the semis.

The track by Barzilai, whose stage name is Netta, is about female empowerment and was inspired by the #MeToo movement, she has said.

Roni, 11, said everyone was talking about Netta in school, and that she and her friends did learn an important message from the song.

Despite tensions, the Eurovision contest remains a talent show where the unexpected, the spectacular and the original stand a chance of winning regardless of politics.

On Saturday night, she won out over a sultry, hip-shaking pop star from Cyprus who wore a glittering outfit that bared her navel and flat stomach. "We are a country that always has a reason to be stressed, but we are a country that knows how to celebrate", said Swed.

Swed noted that the communities Barzilai celebrates - people with differences, including many members of the gay, lesbian and bisexual community who identify with her song - don't feel welcome in Jerusalem.

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