Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to present the country as a cosmopolitan tourist destination. Rabbis complain of a "desecration" of the Jewish day of rest.
More than two hundred people arrive at 26 degrees Friday noon to wait for entry into the Eurovision village in Tel Aviv. Shortly after twelve o'clock the grids open, everyone has to give one of the folders an insight into his bag, with some also the trouser pockets are scanned. Several dozen policemen, some on a high stand, are present – but all visibly relaxed.
In the area directly on the beach of Tel Aviv stalls and stages as well as huge canvases are constructed. Thousands of people have already watched the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). This is where the big party for the finale on Saturday, where Madonna will perform two songs, will rise. Israeli-Canadian billionaire Silvan Adams cost $ 1 million.
Also during the day there were shows by Israeli artists and appearances of former song contest winners like the Israeli Dana International and Conchita Wurst from Austria in the Eurovision village. All 42 delegations had come – despite boycott calls. Artists such as the musicians Roger Waters and Peter Gabriel had requested a transfer to another country for "systematic violations of the human rights of Palestinians".
The most violent escalation since the end of the Gaza war in 2014 deterred visitors
Around 5,000 visitors traveled to the ESC, less than expected. No matter who you ask, everyone is astonished that there are no more security measures. They were on tanks in the streets or at least on more soldiers, so the answers. According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, around 20,000 rescue teams are deployed. Many are traveling without a uniform, such as when patrolling the beach. "There is no specific warning, but we know the dynamics in this region and know that things can develop quickly," says Rosenfeld.
It was not until Saturday two weeks ago that a two-day rocket hail from the Gaza Strip had begun. Hamas militants and Islamic jihad had used the approaching competition to pressure. According to Palestinian claims, Israel had broken promises such as easing the blockade on imports of goods and money. After 700 rockets, four dead on Israeli and 25 on the Palestinian side, a truce was agreed under Egyptian mediation.
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