The Kdam Eurovision (or Pre-Eurovision) will take place tonight, at 21:45 Jerusalem Time (GMT + 2:00). On the agenda, 4 different songs by Achinoam Nini and Mira Awad, accompanied by musician Gil Dor. Only one of these songs will be chosen to represent Israel in the 2009 Eurovision in Moscow.
As we’d like to believe in our beloved democracy: Every vote counts. So turn on, tune in, and send off your SMS.
This week, the Broadcasting Authority (who controls “Channal 1”) has chosen Achinoam Nini — known internationally as Noa — and Mira Awad to represent Israel in the upcoming 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, Russia.
Choosing an Arab / Jewish pair to represent Israel in these days of bitter conflict seems like pure escapism. Indeed, several Arab-Israeli artists have made a public appeal to Mira Awad, asking her not to take on the role of Israel’s “fig leaf” while atrocities are being committed in Gaza.
Personally, I think sending this pair can only do good to Jewish – Arab relations inside Israel. We need any glimpse of hope that could help us believe, still, that this land has a future — a viable future, for all its human inhabitants.
Noa & The palestinian singer Nabil Salameh performing together “Centro del Mundo” at Rome in 2002