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ADL to Israel Broadcasting Authority: Let them wear Galliano!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

ADL’s Abe Foxman said he’s “outraged” at last week’s decision by the Israel Broadcasting Authority to bar Israel’s contestant in the international Eurovision music contest from wearing a dress by designer John Galliano.

Galliano lost his job as the top designer at Christian Dior two years ago after being arrested for making anti-Semitic statements at a Paris bar, but Foxman said he is now a “changed man.”

“I am outraged and embarrassed that an entity representing Israel would reject Mr. Galliano,” Foxman said. “To reject someone who has now embraced Israel and the Jewish people is outrageous. This is not the lesson that you give your children. Rejecting someone who gave a sincere apology is not Jewish tradition. We are a people that forgive and this is not the way to overcome bigotry.

“Mr. Galliano is a changed man.”

Galliano Dress Forbidden for Israeli Eurovision Contestant

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Israel’s contestant in the international Eurovision music contest was barred from wearing a dress by designer John Galliano, who lost his job as the top designer at Christian Dior two years ago after being arrested for making anti-Semitic statements at a Paris bar.

The Israel Broadcasting Authority, which sponsors the Israeli contestant and broadcasts the popular competition, said it would not allow Moran Mazor to wear the dress that Galliano agreed to design for her.

In May, Mazor will travel to Sweden for Eurovision, where she will sing “Rak Bishvilo,” or “Only for Him.”

Israel Doesn’t Qualify for Eurovision Finals

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The Israeli band Izabo failed to advance to the Eurovision Song Competition final Tuesday night.

Izabo performed the song “Time” on Tuesday in the first semifinal of the competition, held this year in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority had unilaterally selected the band in February to represent Israel in the competition.

It marked the first time since the semifinal round was introduced in 2004 that Israel failed in back-to-back years to advance to the finals.

Israel has produced two top 10 finishers in the past eight years: Shiri Maimon in 2005 and Boaz Ma’uda in 2008. Both were contestants on “Kokhav Nolad,” Israel’s version of “American Idol.”

Last year, in a process that heavily weighted public voting, 1998 Eurovision champion Dana International received overwhelming viewer support and won the right to represent Israel. But the transsexual singer failed to impress Eurovision voters with her 2011 entry, “Ding Dong.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-doesnt-qualify-for-eurovision-finals/2012/05/23/

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