Eurovision victor Netta Barzilai branded 'real cow' by Israeli Prime Minister

Eurovision victor Netta Barzilai branded 'real cow' by Israeli Prime Minister

On Sunday, several thousands of Israelis flocked to central Tel Aviv after Barzilai was announced victor of the Eurovision contest. Swed was on a flight from Bangkok during the Eurovision so he missed watching the competition live, though he said the flight attendant made an announcement to the entire plane listing the final results, prompting cheers. "We are waiting for everyone next year in Jerusalem".

The contest largely shed its traditional hallmarks of glitz and glitter in favor of a more restrained and tasteful tone in Lisbon, which was hosting the event because it won a year ago with Salvador Sobral's sober and subdued ballad "Amar pelos Dois". Instead of the typical greeting "good evening" followed by the jury's capital city, the Jerusalem-based Israeli jury received only "Shalom Israel".

The unrest also reached Lisbon, the site of this weekend's Eurovision competition, where Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists called on the public not to vote for Israel's entrant because of the country's continuing treatment and policies toward Palestinians.

"This is a great moment for me, for the [Israeli] delegation and for the country". Fans gathered at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.

So, it was within that context that Israel offered a contestant with a serious chance to win. It just concluded a successful hosting of the start of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, the first Grand Tour event ever held outside Europe.

Netanyahu chose to open his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday by noting Netta's win.

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Netanyahu referenced Barzilai again in a speech Sunday morning, saying: "These days Jerusalem is blessed with many gifts".

"We are all hoarse, we celebrated all night and we didn't sleep", added Netta.

The victor, Netta, recently spoke about her song which was about women's empowerment, and represented the #MeToo movement.

The winning song's main chorus is "I'm not your toy, You stupid boy, I'll take you down". She has been unapologetic about her weight, the loud colors she wears and the funky chicken moves that have become her trademark. Thank you for celebrating diversity.

Netta, 25, picked up OUTtv's OUTmusic Award after winning the vote among LGBT fans before the contest, and was invited to accept another honour following her win. "We are a country that always has a reason to be stressed, but we are a country that knows how to celebrate", said Swed.

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