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Darnell Taylor
May 16, 2018

Nothing suits a victory better than a grand party, and that's what the city of Tel Aviv did: Eurovision 2018 victor Netta Barzilai was treated to a dazzling celebration!

"When Israel sends to the world a symbol for being different, tolerance and liberal values, suddenly the world is not against us and we win!" wrote Yariv Oppenheimer, a former leader of the Peace Now left-wing group in Israel. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, a position with wide global backing.

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. Those votes are combined to give each country a single score. Fans gathered at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.

The Eurovision win comes as Israel is enjoying an unparalleled grace period.

As she picked up her award, Barzilai shouted to the crowd, "I love my country". The government is also relishing in Trump's warm embrace, his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his nullifying of the nuclear deal with Israel's arch-enemy Iran.

About this in his Twitter said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Today is Jerusalem Day, the date on the Jewish Calendar when a large part of our Historic, Biblical Homeland was liberated in the 1967 Six Days War after thousands of years of occupation, most recently by Jordan. "We are all hoarse, we celebrated all night and we didn't sleep", she said in an interview after her arrival home.

According to Barzilai in a previous interview, the song was "influenced by the #MeToo movement". This year's competition took place in Libson, Portugal, and the event is hosted annually in the home country of the previous victor, meaning next year it will take place in Israel.

On Saturday night, she won out over a sultry, hip-shaking pop star from Cyprus who wore a glittering outfit that bared her navel and flat stomach.

Netta was already a huge hit in Israel thanks to her personality and humorous performances. "I am happy that we managed to create a reason for joy in a country that does not have a lot of reasons to celebrate".

Barzilai, a plus-sized 24-year-old, said "Toy" was a celebration of diversity and a protest against the objectification of women and body shaming.

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