Sunday, May 26, 2002

Glib Swedish and Belgian TV hosts advised Eurovision song contest viewers not to vote for Israeli Sarit Hadad. (details). The Swedes said that many thought that Israel should be banned from the contest for "what it is doing to the Palestinians".

The Belgians told viewers not to think that Hadad's wearing an all-white outfit meant that Israel wanted peace.

It's news to me that Eurovision costumes make political statements - but I guess to make the message clearer she should have worn a t-shirt that said "Camp David - Summer 2000". Which leads to a terrific idea ....Israelis complain about how hard it is to make our views heard in Europe, so maybe we can piggyback our primary political messages on our (admittedly limited) cultural exports:

1. When Macabee Tel Aviv plays soccer matches in Italy, each player's jersey could bear the date of a broken Arafat ceasefire - thus conveying Israeli skepticism regarding Arafat as a peace partner.

2. When Israeli jazz musicians leave New York to perform in Paris, they can play extra long duets to symbolize the futility of negotiating as long as the PA makes no proposals of its own and steadfastly insists on resettling all the refugee camps into pre-1967 Israel.

Other ideas?

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