Israel has logged an official complaint with a Dutch broadcaster after it screened a parody of Israel’s “Toy,” the song that won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this month, saying that its was a “disgraceful” anti-Semitic display of Israel-hatred.
In Israel’s formal complaint submitted Tuesday to the Dutch Foreign Ministry and to the public broadcaster BNNVARA, Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Aviv Shir-On wrote that the lampoon of singer Netta Barzilai and her song “crossed a line” by making jokes “in bad taste,” many of which were openly anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic.
The caricature of Barzilai’s Eurovision performance, which aired on Sunday during Dutch comedienne Sanne Wallis de Vries’ satirical show, mocked Israel and its conduct during the recent violent Palestinian riots on its border with Gaza, implying that the US’ Jerusalem embassy opening was another way to make money, a clear reference to age-old anti-Semitic myths.
The parody involved a performer cheerfully singing against a background of clips from the recent violence on the Gaza border.
The lyrics were translated as follows: “Look at me, I am such a cute country, World leaders all eat out of my hand. I make all fires disappear with a kiss. We are having a party, you wanna come? Soon in the Al-Aqsa mosque, which will soon be empty. From Haifa to the Dead Sea, there is kosher food and drink. So come and dance with me. “Look how wonderfully I fire explosives. Again, Israel is winning. 70 years of this celebration is continuing, look how wonderful it is,” concluded the song.
Shir-On wrote in his letter that while “freedom of speech, freedom of the press and satire, are important elements of a democratic and pluralistic society… in that show you went too far,” Israel’s Ynet reported.