Achinoam Nini — the singer known to Eurovision fans as Noa — has told journalists that Tel Aviv is the best choice for Eurovision 2019 host city.
The singer, who represented Israel at Eurovision 2009 with the peace anthem “There Must Be Another Way”, made her comments in Argentina while speaking to JTA.
She was performing in Buenos Aires as part of celebrations marking Israel’s 70th birthday. Asked where Israel should host Eurovision 2019, she said:
“Tel Aviv. Because it is a city of life, joy, happiness. It’s not political, it’s not contentious. It’s where Eurovision should be. Eurovision is a party, not politics, so it should be in Tel Aviv.”
Later she added: “When there is peace we can hold Eurovision in Jerusalem.”
Noa sang her Eurovision 2009 song with Arab-Israeli singer Mira Awad, and together they called on governments to re-think their approach to peace.
They sang: For there is no single address for sorry, I call out to the horizons, to the stubborn heavens, There must be another way.”
Noa, who favours a two-state solution, remains optimistic that Israel will find a way to live in peace with its neighbours.
“I’m trying to spread a positive message about Israel,” she said. “I believe in peace, that’s my motto. I think Israel’s name must be associated with peace, so I’m doing that.”
What doesn’t lead to peace? In her mind moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
To her it will only incite “more violence, more hatred.”
“Jerusalem must be the capital of Israel and the capital of Palestine, but most importantly the capital of peace for the entire world.”
The official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem came just days after Israel’s win at Eurovision 2019, sparking unprecedented levels of violence in Gaza.
The juxtaposition of celebration and bloodshed caused quite the stir on social media, adding more fuel to opposition to Jerusalem potentially hosting Eurovision 2019.
So much so that officials from the EBU reportedly demanded that the cities bidding to host the 2019 contest be “non-divisive” locations.
Y Net interpreted that as “an apparent hint that Jerusalem was being ruled out as the host city.”
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