'Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands made a formal complaint over a sketch show version of Israel’s winning Eurovision entry. The spoof song included references to Israeli violence in Gaza and has been called anti-Semitic.
Israel's ambassador to the Netherlands Aviv Shir-On has lodged an official letter of protest to BNNVARA, the public broadcaster that aired the show, the Foreign Ministry and the Central Jewish Board group in the country.
The ‘Samme Wallis de Vries Show,’ created a spoof of the winning Eurovision performance, with comedian Martine Sandifort playing the part of singer Netta Barzilai. The lyrics of the female empowerment anthem “Toy” were changed to something more politically relevant: “The world’s leaders are eating out of my hand… we’re throwing a party, are you coming? Later, at the al-Aqsa mosque, which will be empty soon anyway.” The al-Aqsa Mosque is one of Islam’s most holy places, located in a part of Jerusalem that Israel claims for its own.
The video also features footage of protesting and wounded Palestinians, as well as a reference to the US Embassy opening on Israel’s 70th anniversary, to which Sandifort sings, “the Palestinians aren’t invited to her party.” Instead of the lyrics, “I’m not your toy,” the comedic version says, “look how beautifully I launch missiles.” On the day of the embassy opening on May 14, almost 60 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli forces at the border.
The letter said that while freedom of speech, the press and satire are important to Israel, the show went “too far.” Israelis "don't rejoice when Palestinians are killed,” the letter went on to say. “When people lose their lives, and it doesn’t matter on which side, we don't laugh. You shouldn’t either!"'
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