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 Tania Berg-Rafaeli, Deputy-Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel in Romania: May 2019- Israel is hosting again the Eurovision Song Contest!

Tel-Aviv, our Mediterranean coastal, young, dynamic and vibrant city, will be the one to welcome the thousands of tourists and Eurovision fans coming especially for the event, as Israel won the Song Contest last year.

Tel-Aviv is only 60 km from Jerusalem, the capital, but it has a different weather, landscape and atmosphere. It offers 14 km of beach, 15 museums, more than 4,000 restaurants and 11 square meters of green areas. It is the place to party, swim, surf and enjoy life! It is a place of creativity and innovation, a place where your dreams can come true. And this is why the slogan of this year’s Eurovision is #DareToDream which symbolizes inclusion, diversity and unity.

Tania Berg Rafaeli, Deputy-Chief of Mission (L), Ambassador David Saranga and Rachel Blitzer, Consul of the State of Israel to Bucharest                                                                                                                                                                               Photo: Petru Ivu

If you look at this competition not only through the prism of music,  but also how it represents the country and its society, you will discover that the Israeli case is unique in its diversity. Israel is a land of immigration and therefore its immense human diversity in terms of origin, culture, lifestyle, language and even religion.

In 1998, Dana International, a transgender singer, was selected to represent Israel at the Eurovision and even won the competition. What she achieved, not only as an individual, but as a representative of a community that was not represented before, was exceptional. She was selected in Israel to represent a country which itself is a mix of tradition and religion, progress and openness. That was not an obvious step in a country where religious orthodox parties are represented in the parliament and in the government. She made a revolution not only in her own country, but also in all Europe. She was the first transgender to participate in Eurovision, paving the way to others years later.

Photo: Petru Ivu

To celebrate this huge multicultural gathering that is the Eurovision Song Contest, the Embassy organized in Bucharest last week an event called “Eurovision 2019- destination Tel-Aviv” in collaboration with Israel’s Ministry of Tourism and the Romanian Ministry of Culture. You can catch a glimpse of it in the attached pictures.

 

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