Israel qualifies for Eurovision finals

Netta Barzilai, Israel's representative in Eurovision Song Contest, qualifies for Saturday night's finals in Lisbon.

Ben Ariel,

Netta Barzilai
Netta Barzilai
Reuters

Netta Barzilai, Israel's representative in the Eurovision Song Contest, qualified on Tuesday evening for the finals with her song "Toy".

The finals will be held on Saturday night in Lisbon.

Barzilai was one of ten songs from ten countries to qualify for the finals. The second part of the semi-finals will be held on Thursday.

In addition to Israel, the other countries that qualified on Tuesday were Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland and Ireland.

Barzilai, who received a loud round of applause from the audience, finished her performance with the words: "Thank you very much Europe".

Earlier this week, BDS activists came out with a campaign against Barzilai, calling for “Zero points to the song of Israeli apartheid.”

Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1978, 1979 and 1998 and finished as high as second place in other years, but has had little success in recent years.

Last year, the director of Israel’s delegation to Eurovision attributed Israel’s low placement in the finals to pressure from the BDS movement in Europe.


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