A long-standing question from Eurovision viewers has been, how come Israeli musicians take part in the competition when it is not even in Europe? Israel’s public broadcaster was long part of the European Broadcasting Union, membership of which is the entry qualification for the rather naff pop music contest.
That’s the technical answer, but the more fundamental reason is this: Israel is a European settler colony forcibly implanted in the heart of the Arab world. As such, it is essentially a European project. Israelis most often identify with white European ‘civilization,’ in opposition to the so-called ‘jungle’ that the Arab region is delegitimised as and which the usurped nation of Palestine firmly belongs to. This is despite the fact that more than half of Israeli Jews are of Arab Jewish (aka Mizrahi) origins, leading to some disturbing contradictions.
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