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Europe’s televote shows support for Israel’s Eden Golan at Eurovision

Over the past few months, one could be forgiven for thinking that Israel was the most hated nation on the planet. Campus encampments, public unrest sparked by awareness of the Gaza war, and diplomatic disputes as Israel attempts to reclaim hostages still held by Hamas, have all contributed to a fall in public grace from the Jewish state.

The Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on Saturday evening, also drew negative attention to Israel’s participation. Swedish host city Malmö prepared for the Eurovision grand final on Saturday with a mixed feeling of excitement and trepidation over Israel’s participation. Boos were heard from the crowd before, during and after Golan’s performance in the semifinals on Thursday and the final on Saturday, where she ultimately finished fifth, but also applause and waving Israeli flags.

In central Malmö, more than 10,000 pro-Palestinian activists, including climate activist Greta Thunberg, staged a protest hours before Thursday’s semifinal, waving Palestinian flags and shouting “boycott Israel.”

Earlier on Saturday, in a dramatic turn of events, Dutch artist Joost Klein was banned from the Eurovision Song Contest following a complaint by a female member of the production team, the Union said European Broadcasting Corporation (EBU), which organizes the event, in a press release. A declaration.

Rumors spread on the Internet that Joost’s departure from the competition was linked to Israeli candidate Eden Golan.

Eden Golan of Israel waves a flag during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, in Malmö, Sweden, May 11, 2024. (credit: REUTERS/LEONHARD FOEGER)

The rumors appear to have been inspired by an interaction Joost had with Golan during an interview. As Golan was told she did not need to answer a reporter’s question about whether her presence put others in danger, Klein could be heard commenting, “Why not?”

However, it seems that Eden Golan was not to be stopped, and her performance has rightly won over many.

Israel receives 323 points from the public

Despite the loud and proud pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli camp, one may be surprised to see how well Israel fared across the board in televised public voting.

Israel received a total of 323 points from viewers. Here is how the points were distributed:

Israel received 12 points (the maximum) from viewers in the following countries/groups: Rest of the World, Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland , and the United Kingdom.

Several of these countries have significant Jewish populations, but while there is a slight tendency for countries with larger Jewish populations to give Israel more points, the relationship is not strong enough to suggest direct or significant influence .

Israel also received 10 points from televoters in Albania, Austria, Cyprus, Czechia, Ireland, Moldova and Slovenia. The surprise perhaps lies in the vote of the Irish public, who are not generally considered Israel’s greatest friends.

Some of the smaller countries, such as San Marino and Iceland, with negligible Jewish populations, nevertheless gave Israel relatively high scores, illustrating once again that Eurovision voting is influenced by factors ranging from beyond simple demographic similarities.

The distribution of remaining televoters is as follows:

Israel received 8 points from viewers in Denmark, Georgia and Iceland.

Israel received 7 points from viewers in Azerbaijan, Greece and Latvia.

Israel received 6 points from Estonian viewers.

Israel received 5 points from viewers in Malta, Norway and Poland.

Israel received 3 points from Lithuanian and Serbian viewers.

Israel received 1 point from Armenian viewers.

Finally, Israel received 0 points from Ukrainian and Croatian viewers, indicating a lack of support or visibility in these countries.

The diversity of Israel’s positions from different countries, some of which have virtually no Jewish presence, means that despite the continued public noise in the pro-Palestinian arena, despite the constant attacks on the Jewish state, there is a silent majority.

And this silent majority does not necessarily involve politics in a singing competition (something Eurovision has not always been able to accomplish), nor does it hold Israeli competitors responsible for their government’s actions.

We should highlight the enduring appeal of Israel’s contributions to Eurovision and remember the power of music to transcend political boundaries and foster connections between people around the world. Maybe there is hope after all.

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News Source : www.jpost.com

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