As the situation in Gaza escalates, Israel’s uncertain participation in Eurovision 2015 seems like the country’s smallest problem at the moment. Ultra negative public opinion towards Israel, demonstrations all over Europe and the threat of boycotts are weighing down on all Israelis. Yet there’s one Israeli lady who remains remarkably strong and is keeping her spirits high. Dana International, the country’s first-class Diva and the winner of Eurovision 1998, is ready to tell you all what she thinks about Europe’s reaction to the conflict in Gaza. And she has the guts to do it, just like she had back in 1998 when she became the first transgender singer ever to compete in Eurovision.
Dana International on the Gaza Conflict
Dana gave her opinion about the current situation a few days ago, while she was in the Netherlands to perform at Pride events. After her performance, she sat down with Haim Divon, the Israeli ambassador, and his wife at their home in The Hague. That’s when Dana lashed out at the continent that helped turn her into a global pop star. Initially Dana’s message to Europe seems quite harsh.
“You murdered millions of people through history,” she says. “If we take a look 100 years back…you conquered half of the world! You robbed Africa, you robbed almost half of the world. Belgium took so much gold from Africa and became a rich country. When Belgium gives back all this money back to Africa — only then would the Belgians be allowed to say something about Israel”. And she doesn’t stop with Belgium. “There is not even one country in Europe which can come up with a pure and clean history sheet and judge Israel, so just shut up! Shut up Europeans! Shut up Belgians! Shut up Brits! Go give back Africa’s gold first”.
After that, Dana cools down and becomes milder and friendlier as she tries to explain to foreigners why this conflict is so problematic.
“We Israelis and Palestinians are doing our first steps in becoming a real civilization, a real culture”, she says. “We’re not like Europe, with its centuries of non-stop wars. Now it’s our turn to learn how to be civilized”. She ends with a clear message: “Israel is not Europe. It’s a different mentality. A whole different world. So you’d better stay out of this conflict, because you won’t be able to understand it”.
Israel is really lucky to have Dana as its personal public relations diva. She is loved and adored by millions of Europeans, so she stands a better chance of explaining the Israeli point of view to the world than most Israeli politicians do. And to tell the truth, she’s got more guts than the average politician, too — and surely much more style and charisma!
The Israeli ambassador was thankful to Dana for speaking out, and so were Israelis. But perhaps the guy who filmed her summarized it best with his off-the-record comment during the interview: “They can’t talk like that at the embassy. Thank goodness she can”.