Netta faces BDS protesters on French live TV

"Five people who came to spread darkness and not to talk about music and love, couldn't ruin an evening like this," the Israeli Eurovision champion said.

January 20, 2019 01:32
1 minute read.
BDS protesters crash Netta Barzilai concert in Paris.

BDS protesters crash Netta Barzilai concert in Paris.. (photo credit: screenshot)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A group of anti-Israel protesters disrupted Israeli Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai during a live performance on French TV Saturday night.

Barzilai made a special appearance Saturday during the semi-final of Destination Eurovision, the French television show that selects the country's contestant for the international singing competition. Barzilai performed her winning song, "Toy," for the appreciative audience.
After she finished singing - but while Barzilai was still on stage - a group of protesters jumped on the stage holding signs. The protesters were removed by security within 30 seconds.
The signs, written in French, read: "No to the Eurovision 2019 in Israel." The BDS France movement took credit for the stunt on its Twitter page, using the hashtags "#DestinationApartheid" and "#BoycottEurovision2019."

France 2, the network which airs Destination Eurovision, released a statement Saturday, according to Le Parisien, saying: "Eurovision is above all entertainment on a unique international scale and open to great artistic diversity. Music, which has no borders, represents a universal ambition of dialogue between peoples, openness and living together."

Barzilai appeared briefly uncomfortable on stage as the protesters were being removed, but recovered quickly to wish the competitors luck.

"You're giving the beautiful gift of music tonight," she told the contestants. "Just be yourself. You're amazing."

In a statement Saturday, Barzilai said that she had "an amazing evening, with incredible energy and an embrace from the French audience. Five people who came to spread darkness and not to talk about music and love, couldn't ruin an evening like this."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

July 23, 2019
Blue and White begins campaign for Ethiopian vote


Cookie Settings