On May 12, shortly after Netta Barzilai won Eurovision 2018, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a tweet heard round the world.

“Netta, you have brought great glory to the state of Israel!” he wrote. “Next year, in Jerusalem!”

He later added: “These days Jerusalem is blessed with many gifts. Another one we received last night with Netta’s brilliant and explosive victory.”

Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, chimed in too, saying that the Jerusalem Municipality will work overtime to prepare for a perfect Eurovision competition in 2019.

Most host countries take several months to decide on their Eurovision host city. But judging from these comments at the very top of Israel’s government, it seems clear they’ve already chosen.

Why is Jerusalem a controversial Eurovision host city?

The ancient city is significant to Jews, Christians and Muslims, and is home to a number of sacred religious sites, including the Temple Mount, which is venerated by all three religions.

Politically both Israel and Palestine claim the city as their capital. Neither claim is widely recognised. However, today — two days after Netta’s Eurovision victory — the United States is officially relocating its Embassy to Jerusalem, a move that has already sparked outrage both at home and abroad for months.

Many fear that the decision to host Eurovision in Jerusalem, which previously hosted in 1999 and 1979, will stoke tensions in the city, which is already dealing with clashes. This gruesome headline from the Guardian conveys the ongoing tragedy: “Israeli troops kill dozens of Palestinians protesting against US embassy move to Jerusalem”.

That has understandably led some fans to worry about security concerns and the ever-present threat of terrorist attacks.

We should point out that Israel has a long history of hosting large-scale events — and at the highest level of security. Recall Eurovision 1979 and 1999; Tel Aviv’s massive gay pride celebrations which take place every year; the recent Israel Calling event, which welcomed 30,000 spectators to Rabin Square; and sold-out shows from Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney and more.

Jerusalem: Potential Eurovision venues

In recent years, Tel Aviv has been considered a major Eurovision hub, having served as the host city for the popular Israel Calling promotional event.

But mayor Ron Huldai has already said that Tel Aviv will not bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Israel’s Globes newspaper has taken that as a sure-fire sign we’re headed to Jerusalem.

The paper reports that the International Convention Center, which hosted Eurovision in both 1979 and 1999, is considered too small for Eurovision 2019. It has a capacity of just 3,100, which wouldn’t work with the new super-sized Eurovision, which includes two semi-finals, a grand final, and, more typically, tens of thousands of audience members.

The Municipality of Jerusalem has floated two potential venues.

Jerusalem Pais Arena

Teddy Soccer Stadium

What do you make of Jerusalem as a potential host city? Do you like the two venues that have been reported by the press? Let us know in the comments box below!

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GEE
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Netta is a Netanyahu tool. A right wing zionist.

Nitzili
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pfffft go away

Miguel
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#BoicotEscIsrael

MarkoH
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Long story short – there will be a bomb.

Burre
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How about a new illegal settlement somewhere right outside Jerusalem? I mean, if Azerbaijan was able to build a whole new arena in one year, I’m sure Israelis can easily bulldoze some olive trees and Palestinian homes to build a massive sports arena colony somewhere in Palestine.

Mike
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Israel has no interest in expanding its borders, unlike cheap propaganda like yours.

Israel only defends itself from constant terrorism threats from Hamas and the so-called “peaceful protesters” (pictures prove otherwise!) that were shot by IDF this last week were members of Hamas, confirmed by Hamas leadership itself. When will people stop lying and spreading Hamas propaganda (“peaceful protests”)?

AngieP
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I doubt it will be Jerusalem, because the situation is tense lately. We don’t know if this time next year things are going to get better but they should take into account the security of the whole event. I believe Tel Aviv is better, but at the end there will be a solution.

Héctor
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Stop the political drama, Eurovision is about music. We always have some sort of drama. I’m already tired of it, and it has been only three days.

Fred
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I am really scared to go there and I won’t probably. 2019 would be my first time travelling to eurovision but now this. I am just afraid of the attacks

Rashi
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Its completely safe, even safer than most of Europe these days..

Mark
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Already missing that the biggest drama last year were LEDS. Bjorkman isnt going to be in a good mood, so the positive news is that Israel is going to have the 2nd spot in finals from now on haha

Brainstorming
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The air starts to thicken… This isn’t going to be pretty. Let’s stay in Lisbon, shall we?! ?

Ferry
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People saying “Palestinians trying to invade Israel”. Friendly reminder that they were ther long before they were pushed away by Israel’s occupation.

Mike
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Lies lies and more lies.
Any History book shows that Jews were in that area for centuries, long before Islam was even created and long before the so-called “Palestine” region was artificially created to try to impose Arab interests.
Read some history books, sweetheart.

To want to deny Israel its existence (over 70 years of existence as a country!) just because it conquered land, then please also deny the U.S.A. its existence because the European settlers conquered land from the Native Americans, or also criticize the Chinese for conquering land centuries ago… hypocrite.

Miguel
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#PalestineIsNotYourToy

Mike
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Palestine – not recognized as a country by 90% of countries worldwide Israel – recognized as a sovereign country by over 90% of the countries on Earth I wonder why that is…? Oh, maybe it’s because so-called Palestinians vote for Hamas, a terrorist group, to be their government. They keep voting for Arab terrorists to look after their interests. Very “credible” group of people, indeed. While Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East and the only country that abides by Western civilization, while other countries surrounding are Islamic dictatorships. That’s why Israel is so hated… jealousy from… Read more »
Azaad
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Also wiwibloggs, there are a lot of anti Palestinian and anti Semitic users posting horrible things about Palestinians and Israelis. Criticising governments is one thing, but blanket generalisations of Palestinians as terrorists or Israelis as monsters does nothing for reconciliation and peace. Please take steps to block these harmful and dangerous comments. It’s not just feelings that are being hurt here, but potentially lives.

Azaad
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Tel Aviv has not had major security breaches because the Palestinians recognise it as an Israeli city, and the world as its capital – out of ESC countries, only Russia considers “West Jerusalem” to be Israel’s capital. Tel Aviv has good transport links, isn’t controversial and does parties well. Hosting Eurovision (a party) in Ramadan and close to Yom Kippur in a holy Muslim and Jewish city will not sit well with religious authorities.

Darth Thulhu
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Which, of course, is why Tel Aviv hosted in 1979 and 1999 … except, of course, that it has been Jerusalem each and every single time.

Azaad
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Germany hosted the contest in Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf (never in its capital by the way, but this hasn’t changed the fact that Germany can call Berlin its capital). The UK has hosted in Brighton, Harrogate and Birmingham. Ireland once hosted in a small town called Milstreet. Switzerland hosted in Lugano as well as Lausanne. Sweden in Gothenburg once and Malmo twice. Norway first hosted in Bergen, not Oslo. Turkey in Istanbul, not Ankara. Having the contest in a safer city will not hurt Israel or Jerusalem.

Jo.
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Tel-Aviv would be a better choice, but Jerusalem will be chosen.

sal
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There are no decent direct transport connections from the airport to Jerusalem. There are not enough well-placed hotels in Jerusalem in relation to the venues.
I know Jerusalem is the capital of Israel but Tel Aviv will be so much more comfortable and convenient with its infrastructure as well as far more friendly for gay fans.

Niko
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Sorry , I m not going to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv is the natural choice for an event like Eurovision and the only fun place in Israel. Horrible choice!

Mike
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Nobody cares. Eurovision was also attended in Jerusalem in 1999. Nothing stopped fans from going there. It’s not like the arena will be empty, just because you and a few other lefties will not go.

ESCaddict
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I’ll watch ESC2019 on TV.

beccaboo1212
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I’ll watch on my computer. 🙂

Jo.
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I doubt it won’t be in Jerusalem.

Boy
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3stupid song stupid girl

Lunch
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The notion that Jerusalem is dangerous is unfounded in reality and not backed up by factual data. The violent crime rate in Jerusalem is about the same as in Tel Aviv and both cities have a lower crime rate than in many other world cities, including cities in the US and Europe. I have spent time in both cities and, as a woman alone, feel perfectly safe walking alone at night in Jerusalem, something I would not do in most areas of New York City. Eurovision 2019 should still be Tel Aviv to avoid political controversy and because Tel Aviv… Read more »
Mike
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Thank you for some common sense.

These people who keep saying that Jerusalem is dangerous have no clue what they’re saying.

Israel protects its territory very well. Many, many years dealing with threats of terrorism by Islamic radicals. They learned how to protect their citizens very well.

There have been more terrorist attacks in the UK, for instance, in the last few years than in Israel, which is supposedly “unsafe”. Also in Belgium and in Germany and in France. Let that sink in.

Caliope
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Congrats to Israel and Netta!
Would love to see Gal Gadot or Natalie Portman hosting, that would be amazing

Danny
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Lol! And Drake too! With James Franco in the green room 😀

beccaboo1212
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That would be excellent! 🙂

Jo.
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I pretty much think they will try to make the Gal Gadot thing happen. She’s very charismatic and likes Eurovision.

Danny
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Unfortunately it seem we’ll have Asi Azar instead. The host of the national selection. He’s a self obsessed annoying creature that is somehow sure he’s adorable.

Kappes
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First comment from my friend and my boyfriend when Israel won: ‘They are going to host in Tel Aviv because a) it is tolerant and has a huge gay scene and b) Jerusalem would be too controversial’ – And just for the record: I saw this coming!

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

Eurovision Song Contest Gaza City 2019.

Danny
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Bring gays to Gaza, watch what hammas will do to them. All the gay supporters of the Palestinians are rather completely ignorant or plain stupid.

Mike
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True, Danny.

Gays who support Palestinians (who vote for Hamas, a terrorist group, to be their government, by the way!) are extremely dumb. They are brainwashed by their friends, without doing any sort of research. They should go to Gaza or similar places and walk around holding hands… to see what would quickly happen to them. Hint: it wouldn’t be nice, unlike the nice way they would be treated in Israel, which is an open and modern democracy.

LILIA
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For those who do not know the truth about Israel’s history then please: In 1947, the United Nations proposed that Jews and Arabs should establish two-state partnership. The Arabs did not agree and began attacking the Jews who lived there. The Palestinians recruited all the Arab states to fight Israel, A small country but israel defeated all the Arab states together, after the peace treaty with Egypt, Israel returned to Egypt the Sinai Iceland. Since then, Israel has granted the Palestinians peace agreements with many concessions on territories, Israel has withdrawn from Gaza and what has it received? Rockets aimed… Read more »
Miguel
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Tu conoces menos la verdad, carecemde rigor historico lo que dices, tanto que ni me molesto en rebtirlo
#PalestineIsNotYourToy

Mike
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Thank you, LILIA, for the hard facts and common sense. Most people in Western society are completely brainwashed about Israel and believe anything, without doing any research on actual history books and detailed evidence. They fall for the liberal mainstream media narrative that Israel, an open democracy, is the ‘bad country’ because it defends itself from a terrorist group (Hamas) that is across the border and has announced multiple times that will send its members to kill all Israelis in sight once they cross and the same group also denies ANY peace agreement because, as they admitted even this week,… Read more »
Davve
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People complainign about Israels reactions to Gaza/Palestine needs to take a look in the mirror. If your country daily was attacked by people wanting to kill and destroy you, I think you would appreciate your government clamping down hard on those people.

Israel is just defending themselves like they have done since the 1940s from barbaric tribes in Gaza and Palestine. Tribes ruled by terrorist organisations like Hamas and Fatah.

Get your facts straight before judging.

esc1234
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Thats so Trump of you

Miguel
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#PalestineIsNotYourToy

Danny
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Dude, get a life, get laid or something. Posting this pathetic hashtag everywhere just shows how sad and empty your life is.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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why do you sound like a US republican

LILIA
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The Palestinians are terrorists who tried to kill Israeli soldiers today, so what do you expect Israel to not respond?

Miguel
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Terrorista es el estado israeli, con piedras es imposible hacer terrorismo, manifestarse no es terrirismo y matar 40 manifestantes por parte uniformados a tiros es terrorismo de estado.
Y tu eres limitada (por no decir tonta y atroz)

Lila
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Dont understand u…Jibrishhhhbhbbb
Israel not your toy

Jo.
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Don’t bring that up here.

Bilbo
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Only some of them are radical. The same as in Israel.
It is wrong to say that ALL PEOPLE FROM Palestine, Israel or any other country ARE …

Mike
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Except the majority of the people of the so-called territory of Palestine have voted for Hamas (a terrorist group) to be their government and look after their region’s interests.

Explain that one to me.

So “all Palestinians are not bad” – may be true, but certainly the MAJORITY of Palestinians must be terror and violence-oriented, as they keep voting for Islamic radical terrorists to govern their region. They vote for people who say that Israel must be eradicated and all Jews killed until no Jew is left. What kind of people would vote for that? “Nice people”? Hmm. Right.

Miguel
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Tel Aviv just looks like the natural and ideal choice. I’ve been to the 2 cities before, both of them lovely, but taking Politics aside, Tel Aviv is way more open minded, I’m sure it has more venues that can host Eurovision, connectivity and mobility is easier, and lets not forget Eurovision is mainly a huge party whereas Jerusalem is not a party city, it is a sacred city for 3 religions so I can perceive some tensions.

Door
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Actually, the most suitable venue in Tel Aviv is a bit smaller than the one in Jerusalem. Nevertheless, although Tel Aviv as a city is much more suited for hosting Eurovision, I doubt it happening since the Israeli government sees hosting Eurovision in Jerusalem as a way of strengthening Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital, although Jerusalem is much less tolerant than Tel Aviv because of the high pupolation of Orthodox Jews, who will also give the hosts a hard time to hold rehearsals on Friday and Saturday because of the Saturday’s holiness in Judaism and the Orthodox jews’ big influence… Read more »
Gili
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D ear william, you have weitten this statement: “Israeli troops kill dozens of Palestinians protesting against US embassy move to Jerusalem”. The fact is that the so called Palestinian are not just protesting, they try invade into israel by damaging the border fences with bombs etc.. no country will allow doing such thing, HAMAS is sending their citizens to suicide on the fences. if no one will try to damage the fences and invade israel no one will die. Only HAMAS, the terror organization leaders in GAZA, is to blame for the death. Who plays with fire can’t expect to… Read more »
Marios
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Thank you mr Netanyahu for all the information…

Gili
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YOU WELCOME…TRUTH HURTS I KNOW,,,

Miguel
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Dañar vallas es el motivo segun tu para disparar a 40 manifestantes donde dia a dia se ocupan nuevos territorios ?….. no tengo ganas ni de calificarte parano perder mi educación

Anya
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Well Israeli politicians better path up things with Iran really soon…things are heating up down there…they should have do cease-fire in Palestina berfore the ESC comes there…

nik
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today, 52 people were killed in gaza, due to the conflicts for moving the us embassy in jerusalem. And some of you tell us that jerusalem is a safe plase to be. oh spare me the lecture, i wont go because i dont want to enjoy the biggest show in the world thinking that someone might bomb us. I dont care if that makes me idiot, i call it “protecting your self”.

Gili
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GAZA is GAZA and jerusalem is different story. you can trust israeli security forces to get the job done for the contest…israeli security are best in the world dealing with terror

Miguel
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Antes de lidiarlo lo crea, es un estado terrorista

Conii
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I guess turkey wont be back.

Darth Thulhu
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So long as Erdogan continues to run the country, you will never see Turkey in Eurovision ever again

Mike
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We won’t miss out on much!

Maya G
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Tel Aviv would be the best host city as it is the cultural heart of Israel and has a vibrant night life, but Jerusalem does have superior venues and it’s a great city in its own special way. Anyway Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are less than an hour drive apart.

lads
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If Israel feels like Jerusalem belongs to them…they’re the winner, they should choose…shut up everybody. Dont act like you can have a say on this.

Azaad
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I’m sure the EBU would’ve intervened if Ukraine decided to host in the Eastern front, or Azerbaijan in Nargano Karabkh. The EBU should ask Israel to host in Tel Aviv.

Mike
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@Azaad,
The EBU has allowed Jerusalem to host Eurovision two times in the past (1979 and 1999), why would they stop Jerusalem from hosting now? Makes zero sense.
Especially since more and more countries (United States, Czech Republic, Guatemala) are recognizing Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel and in the process of relocating their embassies.

Paul
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Jerusalem seems a great idea right now!!

esc1234
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oooh of course, with bombs crashing near and far, so romantic <3

p.s f. off

Paul
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I appreciate sarcasm can be difficult with just text – but I though it was pretty obvious with that comment!

Paul
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All aboard!…and survive!!!

Matt
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I’m thinking Tel-Aviv might not be being prevented from running for host city, the Israeli leaders will really want Europe to come to Jerusalem.

Roelof Meesters
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Construction of a roof is probably too expensive for (new) host-broadcaster KAN, so its very likely to be the Pais Arena in Jerusalem.

Gili
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the government will pay what ever is needed, no worries

Barbara
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Guys calm down… Eurovision 2018 just finished and you are freaking out with the next city host. Let EBU and Israel decide that. Our role is to have fun and partying next year in a new destination!

Marios
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Can you just partying with some people being shot in their heads near you? Really?

Jordan
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When prime minister said Jersualim no one other cities in Israel can t bid.

John
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No one should go. See what just happened today with all the killings…disgusting.

sevzch
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In my opinion involving politics in this contest is disgusting… its about making people gather round and enjoy music…

Paul
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Sure…and potentially getting killed while having fun…or having fun while people are being killed next door.

Gili
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The fact is that the so called Palestinian are not just protesting, they try invade into israel by damaging the border fences with bombs etc.. no country will allow doing such thing, HAMAS is sending their citizens to suicide on the fences. if no one will try to damage the fences and invade israel no one will die. Only HAMAS, the terror organization leaders in GAZA, is to blame for the death. Who plays with fire can’t expect to… Read more »

Miguel
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Desde tierras robadas con piedras intentan invadir isrel? Deja el alcohol

Gili
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write in english, i would like to know what you have to say about it

Miguel
Guest

Usa el traductor de,google

Gtyhygf
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After annoucing the winner, have you seen one of the Israeli guys rudely pushing away Cesar sampson when he wanted to congratulate Netta? So rude!

Gynx
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Stop spreading rumors, look at the footage and you will see cesar, doron, and netta laughing and no tense atmosphere followed by doron grabbing cesar by the chin but it was obvious this was only playfull

Lane
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Not surprising.

Markus
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I saw that moment too and it was quite irritating. Cesar tried to congratulate Netta twice and was pushed back by that guy next to Netta. At his second attempt he was even grabbing straight into Cesars face, it looked really rude. @ Gynx: it didn`t look like fun to me.

brandon fleet
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What????? No way will they be allowed to host it in Jerusalem. if the do i hope the uk boycotts. today israel have killed dozens in the city. America adds fuel to the starting point but israel stuck the match.

Love Israel the only democracy in the middle east
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Love Israel the only democracy in the middle east

Lol “allowed”??? Who ask really ? Jerusalem is Israels capital..we will not ask any one..you dont like it so dont watch Idiot!

Miguel
Guest

Una democracia que mata 40 maNIfestantes y se comporta de facto como un estado terrorista

Mike
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“40 manifestantes”… que son membros de Hamas, confirmados:

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/16/middleeast/hamas-members-gaza-deaths/index.html

The “peaceful protesters” from Palestine turned out to be Hamas members, also known as.. TERRORISTS. Confirmed by Hamas leadership themselves – “we lost 50 members in the confrontations”. So sad! The world will not be the same without Islamic radical terrorists from Hamas. Israel shouldn’t have defended its border and people against those threats… right.

Maya G
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You have no idea what talking about.
1. The dispute over Jerusalem is only regarding the old city, the rest of Jerusalem is internationally acknowledged as Israeli territory and that’s where the contest will take place.
2. The Gazans killed today were nowhere near Jerusalem, it was in south of the country an they were trying to infiltrate Israel.  Sad as it is, Israel can’t allow a hostile invasion to it’s territory.

Miguel
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Infiltrarse? Si cadamdia los palestino van a trabajar a israel como mano de obra barata sin derechos, israle es un estado que lo que no sempuede permitir es matar a 40 manifestantes desarmados aun que se quieran infiltrar

Gili
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The fact is that the so called Palestinian are not just protesting, they try invade into israel by damaging the border fences with bombs etc.. no country will allow doing such thing, HAMAS is sending their citizens to suicide on the fences. if no one will try to damage the fences and invade israel no one will die. Only HAMAS, the terror organization leaders in GAZA, is to blame for the death. Who plays with fire can’t expect to… Read more »

I've lived in Bethlehem
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I've lived in Bethlehem

I guess every fan can prepare for heavy questioning on both entry and exit from Ben Gurion airport . Not to mention if you have any sort of African/Arabic/Middle eastern background – no matter how many generations ago. Ethnic profiling is standard and heavily applied – many being rejected entry to Israel on loose grounds. Maybe that’s “safe” but it’s not a very pleasant atmosphere to start your stay with in my experience

sal
Guest

You sure? Not aware of that having happened to Cesar Sampson or Omar Naber when they came for Israel Calling..

Azaad
Guest

Because they were ESC performers. They will be allowed. The original poster is talking about regular fans and visitors.

DyGh
Guest

I don’t think these are considerable venues.
Also, Israel is an in war drenched country and with the recent events it is very unsafe to host an event like Eurovision, wherever they would do it. Maybe it’s smarter to… relocate?

sevzch
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Israel have just hosted giroditallia the 2nd largest cycling event…. and nothing happend everything went smooth and everyone else enjoyed the show… except for that israel isnt in war… (I live there i know,,,,) and belive me that paris and berlin are not safer then jerusalem….

esc1234
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comparing the biggest tv program in europe with a cycling event… give me a break

Mike
Guest

The Hall of Pais in Jerusalem will be excellent for hosting. It was also built to host concerts like Eurovision. Maybe it’s not huge, but it answers all the competition Guidelines. Two Eurovision competitions have already taken place in Jerusalem, and everything has gone very well. The same will happen next year.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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I have a feeling that if it ends up being in Jerusalem, we’ll end up seeing several countries or so deciding to withdraw for a year. That would make for a less enjoyable contest, on top of the many other controversies.

…I’m hoping they’ll give a different city a chance. I’m kind of ignorant of what different areas of Israel are like, but would Haifa (the 3rd largest city) be an option? Can the Sammy Ofer stadium hold it?

Dimitri Daskalakis
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Lisbon was fantastic this year. I’m so hoping that they choose Tel Aviv as it’s a party city. I have no real interest in going to Jerusalem per se but would love to go to Israel anyway. No doubt security will be at kept a maximum level wherever it’s held. (TEL AVIV TEL AVIV TEL AVIV TEL AVIV) .

Darth Thulhu
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Israel is a TINY country. Tel Aviv is significantly less than an hour away from Jerusalam … and even less far from all the large venues in West Jerusalem that would be competing to host the show. Just take a fricking bus back to Tel Aviv if partying all night is so bloody important!

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

Along with Istanbul and Rome, Jerusalem is one of the historically richest cities in the world. Spend a week there and you still won’t have seen enough. Israel is expensive af tho.

Lazarevfan95
Guest

If it is held in Jerusalem i won’t watch it. It needs to be any place but there as we all know it will be a disaster with withdrawals. If the EBU has any sense they will stop Israel from hosting there and if they cause trouble allow another country to step in.

sevzch
Guest

ltrly 11 countries have confirmed participation already…. The ebu will most likely say nothing to israel about hosting in jerusalem as israel already hosted the show in jerusalem twice by now… so no excuses from ebu are legitamate because ebu cant say that back then israel didnt have political issues with this city… if you dont wanna watch the show its your choice tho….

Lazarevfan95
Guest

Countries can withdraw after they have confirmed and trust me there will be many who will do so. I will be shocked if the EBU allows Jerusalem as host city.

Azaad
Guest

The last time Israel hosted in Jerusalem followed the Oslo accords which saw relatively cordial relations between Israel and Palestine. After the embassy relocation and the massacre of protestors relations between the two are anything but nice and so hosting in Jerusalem would be far more unwise next year.

Escphbelgium
Guest

I hope the mayor of Tel Aviv would change their minds.

Denis
Guest

Surely the EBU has final Words about this? If it indeed is Jerusalem but they deem it unsafe can they change location?

Richard
Guest

They can. If Israel insists they can move it to another country.

beccaboo1212
Guest

I hope Albania (aka my winner) 🙂

Jo.
Guest

They didn’t change in 2017, it won’t happen in 2019.

dus2011
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The last contest in 2017 was already full of drama. The thing about Russia and the whole organisation was a mess. But the problems in Ukraine were/are more than 400km away from Kiev. Jersualem borders the Gazazone and is cureently (see today) shook by one crisis and terroristic attack after another. The whole situation also with Iran and Syria close is simply far more dangerous than every contest of the modern era has ever been. The second problem is the already starting poitical involvement. It is no coinsidence that Tel Aviv doesn’t want to host. The contest is used as… Read more »
BEFAN
Guest

Only short answer to that: 1979, 1999 🙂

A Netherlandian
Guest

Then would you say the world has not changed a bit in 20 years?

Kappes
Guest

Jerusalem does not border Gaza. The Gaza Strip is south west of Israel some 90 km away from Jerusalem. Jerusalem borders the West Bank which is claimed by Israelis and Palestinians.

Christian
Guest

Let’s just use the same hall like in 1979 and 1999 and everything will be fine.

Gobio
Guest

Too small.

GeeTee
Guest

It’s too small for that. I know because right now I’m organizing local song contests there. 😀

poe-tay-toe-chips
Guest

Oh wow! That’s really interesting. What contests?

Darth Thulhu
Guest

The live event is now a LOT larger than it used to be. Delegations are bigger, there are almost twice as many delegations as there used to be, and the fans now number in the 5-digits. The former venue is not remotely large enough for what the event has grown into.