The Barring of Eurovision from Jerusalem Is a Win for the BDS Movement

The €28.5 million Eurovision Song Contest, which draws 200 million viewers from 42 countries, might seem to be just a huge pop spectacle, but it is a good deal more. In addition to serving as an entertainment vehicle, it is a powerful mechanism of soft power – a tool that is critically important to the modern State of Israel and particularly to the city of Jerusalem. Europe’s refusal to allow the contest to be held in Jerusalem, in contravention of Eurovision’s own rules, constitutes a victory for the BDS movement.

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Why Do Democrats Honor Al Sharpton?

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The Double Standard on Killing Jews in California and Israel

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Eurovision, Valhalla and Baghdad – Must Israelis be Europeans?

Israel sought and was granted admittance into many different European structures, including Eurovision. Yet as Israel matures into a more established country, this association requires scrutiny.

Halt the Delegitimization of Netanyahu

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Why Pundits Hate Trump’s Peace Deal

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A (Euro)Vision for the Future

Israel’s cultural image is in dire need of improvement. The Best Countries Index shows that Israel scored a 1.4 out of 10 in terms of cultural influence in 2019. The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), which is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv in May 2019, allows Israel to enhance its cultural image through civil society initiatives centered around the arts.

Hamas Couldn’t Have Asked For More

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Keeping Up the ‘Narrative’

With all the financial, political and emotional capital already invested in the cause of ‘Palestine’, it is vital to keep up a certain ‘narrative’ with which facts must never be allowed to interfere.

In NY Times, Halbfinger’s Narrative Protects Hamas

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A Looming Crisis in the Mideast

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As Israelis Hid in Bomb Shelters, a DC Synagogue Honored Dead Terrorists

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A Memo to Jared

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Millennia of Anti-Judaism

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The Middle East anti-Peace Movement

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On the Right Side of History

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The ONE Thing we Should Try to be on Mother’s Day? Ourselves

As a society, we’ve made remarkable strides for women in the workplace. But in the post-feminist era, we’re still grappling with the fallout from that success: Women have more responsibilities at work and at home than ever before.

US Sanctions on Mullahs are Working

Iran's national currency, the rial, has dropped to historic lows — one US dollar, which equaled approximately 35,000 rials in November of 2017, now buys you nearly 130,000 rials.

Ilhan Omar’s Ignorance and Bigotry on Gaza Rockets

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Who Won The Weekend Mini-War In Gaza?

the ultimate goal must be to remove Hamas yet Israel still follows the strategic goal of "quiet for quiet" instead of actually restoring deterrence.

Is A Jew Allowed To Vote Democrat In 2020?

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The Cleverest Kind of Lie: Accusing Israel of Future Crimes

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