Dutch TV accused of anti-Semitism in Israeli Eurovision spoof
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Dutch TV accused of anti-Semitism in Israeli Eurovision spoof

Comedian who parodied Netta Barzilai’s entry for the international singing competition accused of using racist lyrics against background of Gaza

An actress parodies Netta Barzilai, the Israeli whose song won the popular Eurovision contest, on a program broadcast on public television in the Netherlands on May 20, 2018. (Screenshot from “The Sanne Wallis Show”/YouTube)
An actress parodies Netta Barzilai, the Israeli whose song won the popular Eurovision contest, on a program broadcast on public television in the Netherlands on May 20, 2018. (Screenshot from “The Sanne Wallis Show”/YouTube)

A Dutch comedian who parodied Israel’s winning Eurovision song has been accused of employing anti-Semitic lyrics against a background of Gaza.

Jewish and pro-Israel groups in the Netherlands reacted to the parody of Netta Barzilai’s song ‘Toy’ this week, after lyrics in the skit appeared to suggest that the opening of a new US Embassy in Jerusalem was a money-spinner.

Nicknamed ‘the chicken song’ because it at times features Barzilai clucking, the Dutch version changes to “with your ka-ching, ka-ching and your ping-a-ping, with your dollars and cents and your funds, with your ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching”.

The Dutch TV performance, by Martine Sandifort on the Sanne Wallis de Vries Show, was broadcast on Saturday night and set against a background of projected imagery from the Gaza border showing Israeli soldiers and Palestinian protesters being carried away on stretchers. 

The Israeli Embassy in Holland submitted a formal complaint to the television station, while members of the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel tweeted sarcastically: “Jokes about Jews and money… How funny!”

The show’s producers said the satirical sketch did not target the Jewish community but Israeli ambassador Aviv Shir-On told Dutch newspaper NRC that the song “packages anti-Semitic stereotypes as jokes”.

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