(May 20, 2019 / Palestinian Media Watch)
The Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv on Saturday night. During the week leading up to the finals, Fatah campaigned for the song competition to be boycotted, but to no avail. Both Fatah and the Palestinian Authority daily published cartoons linking Israeli music to violence, including the common P.A. trope that Israel intentionally kills civilians.
Fatah posted a cartoon on its official Facebook page on Sunday showing an Israeli soldier shooting at Palestinians in Gaza. Musical notes flowing from the Eurovision contest turn into an ammunition belt for the soldier’s machine gun.
In a second cartoon posted by Fatah, also on its official Facebook page, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is dressed up as Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, who won last year’s Eurovision and brought the competition to Israel. Netanyahu is holding a missile in each hand:
The posted text, part in Arabic and part in English, reads: “Our blessings to the world’s liberals #iceland.”
The text refers to the fact that the Eurovision competitors from Iceland held a banner in the colors of the Palestinian flag with “Palestine” written on it.
The official P.A. daily Al-Hayat al-Jadida reacted to the Eurovision being held in Israel with a cartoon, published on Sunday, showing an Israeli soldier playing a saxophone with a bullet being fired from it at the ruins of a building. The text on cartoon, in English, reads: “Eurovision 2019.”