THE fact that next year’s Eurovision Song Contest is to be held in Tel Aviv rather than in Jerusalem sends out entirely the wrong message.
Some countries had threatened to boycott the event if it went ahead in the capital, but whether that was the reason for Tel Aviv being chosen is not clear.
The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation was asked to present two alternatives, which it did: the capital of the Jewish state and Israel’s second city, Tel Aviv, which is a magnet for young people, with its vibrant nightlife and music scene.
There was a suggestion that the choice of venue was down to Tel Aviv’s superior facilities to host an event the size of the Song Contest, but that doesn’t wash.
The final decision was down to the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, but what political pressures influenced it?
It is wonderful news for Tel Aviv, a 24-hour city which attracts visitors of all ages from throughout the world because of its sheer vibrancy.
But what an opportunity has been missed for the world’s biggest broadcast entertainment event to have been screened internationally from Jerusalem, at the same time reinforcing the fact that the city is Israel’s historic and undeniable capital, amid attempts from some quarters to deny that status.
THERE is seemingly no end to Jeremy Corbyn’s insensitivity to British Jews.
No-one is likely to believe that the insincere Rosh Hashana message, issued half an hour before the festival in his name, was even written by him.