Eurovision showed that Israel doesn’t stand alone

The juries did their best to ignore Israel, but the voting public showed the Jewish state does not stand alone in Europe.

By Ryan Jones | | Topics: Eurovision
Eden Golan representing Israel with the song 'Hurricane' is presented with the flag of Israel before the final of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmo Arena, in Malmo, Sweden, 11 May 2024. EPA-EFE/JESSICA GOW
Eden Golan representing Israel with the song 'Hurricane' is presented with the flag of Israel before the final of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmo Arena, in Malmo, Sweden, 11 May 2024. EPA-EFE/JESSICA GOW

Israel’s stunning and talented entrant to the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, Eden Golan, didn’t win last night. Voting forecasts had suggested she had a solid chance of taking home the trophy, but the contest’s various national juries ensured she did not.

Still, they couldn’t stop the voting public from expressing overwhelming support for Golan, and by extension for Israel, again debunking the notion that the Jewish state stands alone as punishment for making war on Hamas. In the end, Golan placed a very respectable fifth thanks to that tidal wave of popular support.

 

Not alone

Over the past week in Malmo, Sweden, Golan was made to feel alone. Confined by security to her hotel room, routinely booed during rehearsals and performances, and asked by European media outlets if her presence there wasn’t a provocation and a danger to other contestants. And while Eurovision is supposed to remain above politics, many of those other contestants did not hide their disdain for Israel, and even for Golan herself. After all, the spirit behind this anti-Israel movement is clearly antisemitic, and Golan is a Jew.

Golan’s song, “Hurricane” (originally titled “October Rain”) was an admitted tribute to the victims of the October 7, 2023 terrorist invasion, and a reminder of the trauma from which Israel is still recovering. That didn’t sit well with Eurovision organizers, most of the other contestants or the mobs of jihad-supporters on the streets outside the venue. But the voting public in many, if not most European nations loved it.

For my American readers, I’ll just quickly note that Eurovision is scored by each country in two stages – a jury vote by a committee associated with the country’s national broadcaster, and a public televote. In each stage, each nation awards 1-12 points to the 12 songs it most liked.

In the jury vote, Israel was all but ignored, and did not win the top 12-point award from any country. Despite Golan’s nearly-flawless performance and vocals, no European government dared to be seen applauding anything connected to Israel.

In the public televote, however, Israel won the second most points overall (323) behind Croatia (337), and was the top score winner in 15 countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland (whose entrant ended up winning thanks to the skewed jury vote)
  • United Kingdom
  • Rest of the world (Non-EU nations)

The loudmouths on the streets and the biased mainstream media make it look like Israel is alone. But the Eurovision popular vote became yet another reference point refuting that lie. A great many people in many countries love and support Israel, or at the very least have no problem with her.

That Israel was the most popular act of the night in the largest number of European countries stands in stark contrast to the daily anti-Israel demonstrations we see in many European cities.

Maybe those protests don’t really represent all that many people, and we should stop paying them so much attention? Though ignoring them isn’t the right approach, either. Those demonstrations, and the hostility and violence that characterizes them, are a dangerous phenomenon.

Even so, these protests are being afforded far too much clout and having far too big an impact on the policies and politics of many European nations. Many, if not most Europeans have not turned against Israel, and certainly aren’t ready to boycott her.

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