Israel’s propaganda machine never rests. In the latest attempt to falsely put out a positive image, the Israel Broadcasting Authority has chosen a Palestinian and an Israeli to present a “song of peace” in the popular Eurovision song contest in Moscow. The competition garners around 100 million television viewers each year.
Achinoam Nini, internationally known as Noa, and Miri Awad are the two singers chosen for the contest. Nini is an Israeli singer well known in Europe who is of Yemeni heritage and grew up in New York. Awad is a Palestinian actress and singer who grew up in Galilee and currently lives in Tel-Aviv.
The problem here of course is that even though Israel wants to present an image of peace, their policy of keeping a brutal occupation in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, their discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel and their recent election to make the anti-Arab Yisrael Beiteinu party the third most powerful in Israel proves otherwise. This image of peace is a joke. The singers themselves may have good intentions in doing this but they shouldn’t use this competition, in which they represent the State of Israel, to “open some people’s minds”, as Nini says. Such intentions could only have legitimacy if the artists did this on their own and without the government’s sponsorship.
Palestinian artists in Israel are certainly not happy with the singers for taking part in this endeavor. They’ve signed a petition aimed at Nini and Awad that states ” The Israeli government is sending the two of you to Moscow as part of its propaganda machine, which is trying to create the appearance of Jewish-Arab ‘coexistence’ under which it carries out the daily massacre of Palestinian civilians.”
Palestinian actor and director Mohammad Bakri, one of the signatories of the petition, said “It’s not a big honor to represent Israel right now in the Eurovision. It’s a shame.” Ain’t that the truth. Israel shouldn’t be fooling anyone with this whole charade.