Tuesday, October 22nd | 23 Tishri 5780

Subscribe
June 18, 2018 10:47 am

Turkish Prime Minister Terms Israel’s Eurovision Win an ‘Imperialistic ‎Ruse’

avatar by Israel Hayom / JNS.org

Israel’s Netta Barzilai performs after winning the 2018 Eurovision song contest at the Altice Arena hall in Lisbon, Portugal, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes.

JNS.org – With the presidential and parliamentary elections in ‎Turkey only a week away, Turkish Prime Minister ‎Binali Yildirim has found a new way of discrediting ‎Israel in hopes to score political points: the ‎Eurovision song contest. ‎

Israeli singer ‎Netta Barzilai won the 2018 ‎Eurovision song contest ‎held in Lisbon, Portugal, in May ‎with her ‎catchy techno-dance tune “Toy.” ‎

Turkey pulled out of the annual song contests in ‎‎2012 citing dissatisfaction with the rules of the ‎competition. ‎

“Israel only knows how to kill, not sing,” Yildirim ‎said on Saturday.

Related coverage

October 22, 2019 12:32 pm
0

For Syrian Kurds, a Leader’s Killing Deepens Sense of US Betrayal

Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf spent the final months of her life building a political party that she hoped would help...

He further claimed that the winning Israeli ‎song was “not good,”  telling local media that the “imperialists”—the judging countries—“changed ‎the rules” to ensure that next year’s Eurovision ‎would be held in Jerusalem, something he predicted ‎would “spark a religious war.”

‎“They let Israel win even though it didn’t have ‎enough points, so it could host the competition,” he ‎said.‎

Yildirim ‎also attacked Barzilai ‎personally, saying: ‎‎‎“She can’t sing.”

The prospect of holding the 2019 Eurovision song ‎contest in Jerusalem has already sparked ‎some controversy. Earlier in June, the European ‎Broadcasting Union, an alliance of ‎public-service ‎broadcasters that organizes the contest, asked ‎Israel to find an ‎alternative venue rather than ‎Jerusalem for the contest, citing the “politically ‎‎charged” nature of the Israeli capital.‎

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.