A group of terrorists planned to stage attacks in Baku during the Eurovision Song Contest, including targeting the Azerbaijan hotel where the Israeli contestants were staying.
Israel failed to advance to the Eurovision Song Competition final for the second consecutive year.
Turkey's Jews are pleased as can be that for the first time, a Jew will be representing their country at the Eurovision song contest.
A Jewish singer will represent Turkey at the Eurovision song contest.
Transgender pop diva Dana International will represent Israel at this year's Eurovision song contest. The Israeli music star won the chance to sing the Hebrew and English song "Ding Dong," written by Zvika Pik, during a contest Tuesday night broadcast on Israeli television, where viewers voted for their choice. She won Eurovision in 1998 with the song "Diva," also written by Pik.
Israel has been automatically slotted in the second semifinal of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest since the first falls on Israeli Memorial Day.
Only Rita could have pulled it off. Her famous "One" concert was the first time any Israeli recording artist has attempted such an extravagant, multimedia performance. With its crew of 50 tumbling dancers, grandiose costumes, pyrotechnics and video art, the $5 million production looked like it came right off the Las Vegas Strip.
The sight of Israeli Minister of Tourism Moshe Katzav being kissed by Israeli singer and Eurovision song contest winner Dana International must have made someone, somewhere blush. But you wouldn't have known it by reading any of the Israeli papers last week. With the kind of glee that is only reserved in the Holy Land for the smashing of idols, Israeli editorialists pounced on Dana's victory as further proof that Israel, having produced not just a Eurovision contest winner, but a transsexual one, has finally arrived as a nation among nations. So finally, we have the good word from Israel: Androgyny is in. Ethnocentricism (read Judaism with its intolerance for diversity and priggish emphasis on sexual purity), is most definitely out.