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      Adar 15, 5767, 3/5/2007

      Eurovision 2007 - Double Standard for Israel?

      by Tamar Yonah

      The group's lead singer, Kobi Oz, is himself from Sderot, a town in Israel that has seen kassam rockets slamming into it's residential areas for a number of years, killing and injuring its residents, with the world looking on in apathy.
      I couldn't believe that THIS was the song Israel was going to send to the Eurovision Song Contest this year.   When I first heard it, I said, "Oh my Gawwwd!" I was pretty taken aback!  The song was half rap, half 'just weird'.  It certainly wasn't a 'pretty' song, or one that Israel usually sends in for a contest entry. And then I started reading about the song and the Europeans reaction to it.  It changed my mind.  Israel's song choice is controversial, I won't deny it.  But objections coming from the Europeans, really ticked me off. 
      Our song entry this year: "Push the Button" is by the band called Teapacks.  The song is a wry piece on the terrorists, and the nuclear threats Israel faces from these (Arab/Islamic?) leaders. The group's lead singer, Kobi Oz, is himself from Sderot, a town in Israel that has seen kassam rockets slamming into it's residential areas for a number of years, killing and injuring its residents, with the world looking on in apathy. 

      A sample of the lyrics to "PUSH THE BUTTON": 

      The world is full of terror
      If someone makes an error
      He's gonna blow us up to biddy biddy kingdom come
      There are some crazy rulers they hide and try to fool us
      With demonic, technologic willingness to harm

      They're gonna push the button
      push the button push the bu push the bu push the button

      ....And I don't want to die
      I want to see the flowers bloom
      Don't want a go capoot ka boom
      And I don't want to cry
      I wanna have a lot of fun
      Just sitting in the sun

      Kjell Ekholm of the EBU's Eurovision Song Contest's reference group stated that "It's absolutely clear that this kind of message is not appropriate for the competition". 

      Anyone who takes offence to Israel's song choice, and says it is not proper for the Eurovision contest, need only look at last year's entry that actually WON the contest.  They were dressed like 'Decomposed Monsters who were part Klingon, part Viking.  They donned metalic garb with sharp spikes, and had fingernails that looked like it could slice a person in half. They even brought on stage a killer axe. (see second photo below)

      Their song entry  contained these lyrics below:
      ...Wings on my back
      I got horns on my head
      My fangs are sharp
      And my eyes are red
      Not quite an angel
      Or the one that fell
      Now choose to join us or go straight to Hell...

      This group was none other than Finland's own heavy metal band called LORDI. 

      Finland's 'song' won the Eurovison contest last year!
      So, though I really don't care for our rap and rock song that Israel will be performing, maybe this is a good, "stick it to yuh Europeans, with love, from Israel's citizens" who are constantly being threatened and attacked by our neighbors, while Europe feeds the terror beasts and tells us that we are the ones at fault. 

      Our message to the millions of Europeans? It may be we Jews who are gonna get attacked, but not only us.  It's not JUST the Jews, it's FIRST the Jews, and then YOU!  First the Saturday People, and then the Sunday People. 

      And Europe better watch out, as their continent has earned the new name of EurAbia .  Perhaps that is why there are objections to Israel's entry this year?  Perhaps the Europeans are intimidated by this bold and blunt song?  Perhaps they are afraid of getting the Mullahs angry?  So if the powers that be in the Eurovision decide to nix Israel's song choice, it could be safe to say that (with last year's winner) it would prove them to be hypocritical, or holding double standards.  Letting a violent death themed song with axes on stage win the contest, and then disqualifying Israel's song that says we want to live in the sun and not get bombed, is so typically 'European' when it comes to the Jews. 

      Lordi - Finland Eurovision 2006
      from Yahoo UK - unknown

      So go figure, what is good taste and acceptable these days? Perhaps it is better to forfeit vying for the contest's number one spot and just get the message through that their contest that feigns to promote peace and love, ignores any real truth to the matter. If we just bring that message to the millions of viewers who will be watching, perhaps we will come out the real winners?