If the Israeli government thinks that having an Israeli and an Arab duet at the Eurovision song contest is going to help to repair their image in the world they are surely more deluded than we thought. Noa and Awad, the two singers, were selected in the middle of the Gaza war to do the propaganda stunt for Israel.
Awad faced calls to pull out of the contest in protest at the onslaught that sources in Gaza say killed more than 1,400 Palestinians in 22 days in December and January. Thirteen Israelis were also killed during the conflict.
"These reactions came because the announcement of our participation in Eurovision came at a very bad time which was the Gaza war," Awad said.
Arab-Israeli artists also signed a petition denouncing "the propaganda operation by the Israeli government" aimed at legitimising discrimination against them. Arabs make up 20 percent of Israel's 7.4-million population. more