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    Does ANYONE, evem those opposed to Zionism have a problem with this?

    Source: http://news. independent. co.uk/world/ middle_east/ article2318713. ece

    Israeli 'terror' song faces Eurovision ban
    By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem
    Published: 02 March 2007
    Eurovision is threatening to ban Israel's entry for its annual song contest in because of its "inappropriate" political message. "Push the Button", the song from one of Israel's most experienced and popular bands, Teapacks, has lyrics that go to the heart of the country's most prevalent security fears, but in tones tinged with irony.

    The words of the song - in English, French and Hebrew, - have already been interpreted as addressing fears of a strike by Iran as well as attacks by Palestinian militants. In one verse the band sing: "The world is full of terror/ If someone makes an error/ He's gonna blow us up to biddy biddy kingdom come/ There are some crazy rulers they hide and try to fool us/ With demonic, technologic willingness to harm."

    Kjell Ekholm, an organiser of the contest, said: "It's absolutely clear that this kind of message is not appropriate for the competition. " But the threat may say as much about Eurovision's dogged preference for the bland at all costs as about the song itself.

    The band's lead singer Kobi Oz, who is of Tunisian extraction, and is known for his witty and enigmatic lyrics, comes from Sderot, which has born the brunt of Qassam rockets from Gaza, and as a member of a Jewish family from an Arab country is a leading exponent of "Mizrahi cool".

    Another verse says: "Messages are exploding on me/ Rockets are flying and landing on me." But the song also takes a swipe at the country's own politics as well as security threats, saying Israelis are caught between "political tricks and kidnapping".

    The song also deliberately projects itself as a counterpoint to the anodyne lyrics of previous Eurovision entries, from Israel as well as other countries. In one section, the band sing: "Here we are in the pre-finals with a song that isn't about salaam [Arabic for peace], red is not just a colour, it's more like blood."

    Oz said that the song, an occasionally Queen-like musical blend of rap, rock and more oriental sound, was "multicultural" , adding for good measure: "We are not working to make nice to everyone. Real art provokes responses and provokes people into arguing." At one point the band sing, in what could be construed as a reference to Israel's own nuclear arsenal: "If it continues to be frightening, then only then I will say I'm gonna push the button, push the button, push the button, push the button."

    Yoav Ginai, the head of the Israel Broadcasting Authority's judging committee, has described Oz as "one of the most unique and original composers in the country".

    Mr Ginai speaks with authority as the man who write the lyrics for the song "Diva", which won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998 in Birmingham for Israel. The song also generated headlines across the world because it was sung by Dana, a transsexual.

    The offending lyrics

    The world is full of terror

    If someone makes an error

    He's gonna blow us up to biddy biddy kingdom come

    There are some crazy rulers they hide and try to fool us

    With demonic, technologic willingness to harm

    They're gonna push the button

    push the button push the bu, push the bu, push the button

    Everybody's suffering

    The streets are filled with violence

    How lucky we are

    To have got this far

    Without even getting injured

    As this regime, so fanatical

    Gets even more tactical

    It's so tragic my eyes fill with tears

    And I don't want to die

    I want to see the flowers bloom

    Don't want a go capoot ka boom

    And I don't want to cry

    I wanna have a lot of fun

    Just sitting in the sun

    Messages are exploding on me

    Rockets are flying and landing on me

    Police and thieves are chasing me

    Jumping on me and pestering me

    Woe is me, woe is me, answer me oh living God

    This nightmare is too long

    When I am barely living and everyone is aiming at me it is too early, perhaps, to sing that I have given you my life

    Wha, Wha the police

    Weeoo, weeoo a rescue team

    Here it is in the semi-finals without salaam

    Red is not only a colour, it's more like blood.
    "Ethics" is simply a last-gasp attempt by deist conservatives and
    orthodox dogmatics to keep humanity in ignorance and obscurantism,
    through the well tried fermentation of fear, the fear of science and
    new technologies.
    There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history,
    it is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations.

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    Re: Does ANYONE, evem those opposed to Zionism have a problem with this?

    It should be banned too, its pathetic and is not in the spirit of the competition.

    Bloody lowlifes !

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    Re: Does ANYONE, evem those opposed to Zionism have a problem with this?

    Quote Originally Posted by stumpyuk
    It should be banned too, its pathetic and is not in the spirit of the competition.

    Bloody lowlifes !
    Are you serious?


    It reads to me as a little bland, and somwhat lacking in controversy.

    That said, Israel should no tbe in the ESC anyway!

    They are not European!
    "Ethics" is simply a last-gasp attempt by deist conservatives and
    orthodox dogmatics to keep humanity in ignorance and obscurantism,
    through the well tried fermentation of fear, the fear of science and
    new technologies.
    There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history,
    it is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations.

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    Re: Does ANYONE, evem those opposed to Zionism have a problem with this?

    Quote Originally Posted by enlightenment
    Are you serious?


    It reads to me as a little bland, and somwhat lacking in controversy.

    That said, Israel should no tbe in the ESC anyway!

    They are not European!
    I don't think the lyrics are suitable at all, they are VERY controversial.

    Agreed they shouldn't be in any Euro competitions.

    By the way, did you read about how upset the Iraties are England have booked their favourite hotel, and are getting their nickers in a twist because John Terry likes cheese on everything, something about mixing dairy food with meat not being kosher.

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    Re: Does ANYONE, evem those opposed to Zionism have a problem with this?

    Quote Originally Posted by stumpyuk
    I don't think the lyrics are suitable at all, they are VERY controversial.

    Agreed they shouldn't be in any Euro competitions..

    Perhaps I will re read it on Sunday,and I will see the fuss.

    What do you find controversial about it?
    "Ethics" is simply a last-gasp attempt by deist conservatives and
    orthodox dogmatics to keep humanity in ignorance and obscurantism,
    through the well tried fermentation of fear, the fear of science and
    new technologies.
    There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history,
    it is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations.

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    Re: Does ANYONE, evem those opposed to Zionism have a problem with this?

    I can agree that Israel is not a part of Europe & should not enter, but that's another issue... IMO anyway. Personally, modern music should push the envelope of societal norms... any art form should bring out a reaction from people. Since Israel is in the competition then let them choose which piece of music to compete with.

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    Re: Does ANYONE, evem those opposed to Zionism have a problem with this?

    People write and sing what they know.If they are true artists that is, not some manufactured for record sales creation by the industry.
    If there are rules regarding residency then whatever.
    But as far as the lyrics go,I have to say that I agree with Steve.I find them to be quite the norm in regards to some other stuff I have heard or listen too.
    Honestly, I appreciate the candor.
    In this PC world it is refreshing to here the honesty of feelings.
    And that is all this is.Someone expressing honestly their frustration,anger,and fear.
    But I guess some people just don't want to here or acknowledge it.

    So be it.Perhaps regardless of the stupid contest this experience with all its controversy will help them to reach a larger market of interested folks.
    We can chase down all our enemies
    bring them to their knees
    we can bomb the world to pieces
    but we cant bomb it into peace
    whoa, we may even find a solution
    to hunger and disease
    we can bomb the world to pieces
    but we cant bomb it into peace

    Michael Franti,Spearhead

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    Re: Does ANYONE, evem those opposed to Zionism have a problem with this?

    its a pretty awful song if those are the words...

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