Living the Euro's vision of Utopia

By Ben Royston, May 12, 2016

The first time I watched Eurovision, I was five years old. My parents had gone out and we had a babysitter. They left the television on so they could record the show (Israel were favourites) and that decision changed my life.


Israel in Eurovision final for first time in five years

By Naomi Firsht, May 22, 2015

Israel will be singing its heart out along with 26 other countries after qualifying for the 2015 Eurovision final for the first time in five years.

Representing his country on Saturday night is 16-year-old Nadav Guedj singing “Golden Boy”. His semi-final rendition was met with loud applause on Thursday night and is a favourite to make it into the top 10.


Protest targets Israel's Eurovision singer

By Nathalie Rothschild, May 20, 2013

Israeli singer Moran Mazor was under heavy security protection during her stay in Malmö, Sweden, where she competed in the Eurovision Song Contest. Israeli journalists told Swedish radio that they were followed by a group of young men who said they wanted to bomb the Israelis' hotel rooms.


Israel's Eurovision entry 2013: Rak Bishvilo by Moran Mazor

By Jennifer Lipman, May 14, 2013

Israel will be going for a place in the final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday. The competition, which is being held in Malmo, was first held in 1956.

Ms Mazor, who won the first season of an Israeli reality series, is the daughter of immigrants from Georgia to Israel.


Malmo braced for multiple demos ahead of Eurovision

By Nathalie Rothschild, May 3, 2013

Pro-Palestine groups in Malmö, Sweden, are planning a series of actions to protest against Israel’s participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, which the city will host in May.

Other Malmö residents are planning a “kippah march” on the day of the Eurovision final to protest against antisemitism.


Foxman furious over Israeli TV authority’s Galliano ban

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2013

Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman has expressed his “outrage” over a decision to ban an Israeli Eurovision contestant from wearing a John Galliano dress.


Israeli Eurovision singer forbidden from wearing Galliano

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

Israel’s Eurovision contestant has been told she is not allowed to wear an outfit designed by John Galliano.

The French fashion designer “accepted the challenge” to create a dress for Israeli singer Moran Mazor, but the Israel Broadcast Authority has forbidden the deal.


Iran withdraws Azerbaijan envoy over Eurovision dispute

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2012

The Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan has been recalled to Tehran following a row over the Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place this week in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital.


Israeli band in Azerbaijan for 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

By Jennifer Lipman, May 21, 2012

If some of the musicians performing at this year's Eurovision Song Contest would have trouble locating the host country, Azerbaijan, on a map, for one singer the competition has been something of a homecoming.

Ran Shem-Tov, the lead singer of Israel's entry – rock band Izabo – has revealed that his grandfather came from Baku, the Azari capital.


Israel's Eurovision 2012 entry: Izabo - Time

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2012

After last year's debacle with Dana International, Israel has chosen a relativly unknown act to represent it in the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held this year in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 26. This is Izabo, with Time.