An earthly anthem for Eurovision
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An earthly anthem for Eurovision

Bezalel Raviv gears up for his pre-Eurovision contest, and receives NASA approval

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Bezalel Raviv (Courtesy)
Bezalel Raviv (Courtesy)

It’s not live yet, but Bezalel Raviv’s “NO WAR,” the song with which he’ll be representing Israel at this year’s Eurovision, will feature video footage of the planet Earth, taken by US space agency NASA.

The song, written and composed by Bezalel, as the singer prefers to be called, speaks about the universal vision of global peace, compatible, said Bezalel, with NASA’s vision for mankind. The US space agency recently gave permission to the Israeli singer to use the video footage.

“Ever since I remember myself as a child, I’ve dreamed of making it to Eurovision and to reach beyond the view seen from the window of my parents’ house in Tiberias,” said Bezalel in a statement. “I am extremely excited.”

Eurovision 2013 will be held in May, in Malmo, Sweden. Bezalel’s video, featuring the NASA footage, will be broadcast on Israel’s Channel One on Thursday, February 28, during the pre-Eurovision contest.

Raviv recently released “Haram Alenu” (Shame on Us), a pre-election duet performed with his mother, Sarah Raviv, drumming.

Raviv’s “Tunisia” — an “anthem to the Jasmine Revolution” — reached No. 12 in last year’s World Song Contest, in which 51 countries competed. The Tiberias-born Raviv wrote the song in honor of his parents, who came to Israel from the West African country and always spoke about the goodwill between Arabs, Jews and Christians in their homeland.

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