While Israelis were celebrating Netta Barzilai’s win in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday, many social media users were decrying the “cultural appropriation” of East Asian culture in her performance, while others criticized Israel for its policies and Europeans for voting for the Jewish state’s entry.
“How can Eurovision celebrate diversity and inclusion when steps away Palestinians are getting shot in the head? Eurovision is about to get very ugly,” one user tweeted.
Meanwhile, there was criticism in Israel over reported orders to the Eurovision hosts not to mention Jerusalem during the voting process.
A reporter for Kan, Israel’s public broadcaster, published a document detailing the capital of all countries along with the name, gender and profession of the person presenting that country’s votes. But for Israel, the document said “only ‘Israel’ to be mentioned” but not its capital city, according to Kan.
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 13, 2018
Several protesters carried pro-Palestinian banners outside the contest venue in Lisbon, Portugal, but said that attempts to raise them were thwarted.
Two attempts at raising a banner near the #Eurovision compound which exposes Israeli crimes were met with attempts to arrest the banner holders, constant surveillance & intimidation. Was all of that done in order to protect ISRAELI CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY?#ZeroPointsIsrael #BDS pic.twitter.com/YPxQG1fgnV
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Meanwhile, a Facebook page affiliated with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and dedicated to promoting a boycott of “the song of Israeli apartheid,” vowed to hold a big campaign against the Jewish state in the year leading up to the 2019 contest in Jerusalem.
“Thanks to everyone for raising awareness of the occupation and apartheid practiced by our country, Israel!” the page wrote after Israel’s win. “We now have a year to show the true face of Israeli apartheid, and Jerusalem is a prime example. Stay tuned for a big campaign!”
Israel currently occupying first position, and Palestine. #Eurovision
— Joe O'Connor (@Jocser99) May 12, 2018
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But that was not the only criticism of Israel’s win. Some pointed to “racism” in the performance and “cultural appropriation” of Japanese and Chinese culture.
“That performance was super racist, she has literally styled her makeup to make herself look Asian,” said one user, while British actor Jassa Ahluwalia dubbed it “yellowface.”
— ♡Anna♡ (@mrs_annanas) May 12, 2018
— Shane Walker (@_Shanus_) May 12, 2018
A Syrian user also charged that Israel had “culturally appropriated Palestinian drumbeats,” adding that the performance “highlighted the fact they have no culture of their own.”
— Omar Ghraieb???????? (@Omar_Gaza) May 12, 2018
“Well done Israel,” she wrote. “Worthy winner.”
— JelB ⬠ BLM (@Hoodedlids) May 12, 2018
The quantity of antisemitism being widely and openly expressed by left wing/far left/self designated socialists on Twitter this evening/morning is absolutely jaw-dropping.
— Thomas Evans ♿ (@ThomasEvans1984) May 13, 2018
To all you BDS'ers, Antisemites & haters!
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) May 12, 2018