Next Year in Jerusalem: Israeli Singer Netta Barzilai Wins Eurovision with "Toy"

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Twenty thousand adoring fans gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Monday night to welcome home Israel's victor of the 2018 Eurovision song contest Netta Barzilai and attend a free performance in honor of her historic win on Sunday.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister of Israel in social networks.

The unrest also reached Lisbon, the site of this weekend's Eurovision competition, where Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists called on the public not to vote for Israel's entrant because of the country's continuing treatment and policies toward Palestinians. "I want to tell you that after 30 years of working for feminism, I can point to you and say, 'There, that's how you do it'". I am proud of you and I am proud of the delegation. "Next time in Jerusalem!".

Barzilai's victory was the fourth for Israel, suggesting that catchy pop trumps politics in the four decades Israel has taken part.

A win at the hugely popular Eurovision contest is as big as it gets. The government is also relishing in Trump's warm embrace, his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his nullifying of the nuclear deal with Israel's arch-enemy Iran. Netanyahu payed tribute to the singer by stopping and doing a chicken dance before walking into the cabinet meeting, held in Jerusalem, and in his opening remarks he talked about Barzilai's exciting win.

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets early Sunday to celebrate Netta's victory. "The gift is that the Eurovision will come to Jerusalem next year".


The team, who analysed data collected around the time of the Eurovision Song Contest (May and June) between 2009-2015, found that people reported being more satisfied with their life if their country had done well in the Eurovision Song Contest that year.

The track by Barzilai, whose stage name is Netta, is about female empowerment and was inspired by the #MeToo movement, she has said.

Swed noted that the communities Barzilai celebrates - people with differences, including many members of the gay, lesbian and bisexual community who identify with her song - don't feel welcome in Jerusalem.

In 1998 - long before we had trans actress Laverne Cox nominated for an Emmy, or watched RuPaul's Drag Race become a cultural staple - Israel's openly transgender singer Dana International walked away with the grand prize with her Eurovision entry, "Diva".

"Thank you for choosing me".

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