Thinking of Tel Aviv, the picture that conjures up in the head would be that of the pristine beaches and the encrusted pitta bread stuffed with falafel. The breeze in the scalding heats make for a bearable climate, and as the people ride the electric scooters and drink on the streets, a completely new vibe transpires. When all these interesting wallows in the sun make the city a nice place to be in, the British Ambassador’s official residence turn it out into a more seductive scene. The twist that occurred in May 2019 was an event that will go down in the history of the city. A crowd of well-dressed individuals flocked in at the Ramat Gan district for a reason.
The Massive Crowd
UK’s Eurovision contestant, Michael Rice was performing all day to entertain the guests. Local drag queens were also offering the guests a good time with their performances; the cards and fish and chips kept the guests a lot more active than they had imagined. Eurovision has been popular within the gay community, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the crowd was so huge. The vast festival that was open to everyone featured bars, food stalls, installations, funfair rides, and other activities. For everyone who wished to tap their foot, the huge stage was a platform where they could gather. Everyone went berserk as the stage was set on fire with the music, though there was heavy security that seemed to be unobtrusive. It was after a few hours that the major event of the day took place; something that no one was expecting.
The Political Significance
A group of five youngsters entered the festival with the intention to save a community. They had planned to play a video while the concert was at its peak, and it was all about the ‘Free the Gaza ghetto’ movement. The banner and the message were apparently from the Palestinians to Eurovision. Ronja was one among those youngsters who arrived at the concert, and she was an international activist who took the flight for this event alone. The Israeli government had pledged to keep out all those who enter the country for the purpose of disrupting the Eurovision Song Contest, but Ronja made a move regardless of this pledge.
Attention was to be diverted with this activity of theirs because they firmly believed that Israel used LGBTQ rights and music to cloud the military occupation. Any such organized event was to be disrupted to raise awareness among the public. Ronja didn’t want everyone to party in the Tel Aviv while Gaza was under siege, and that led to the massive crowd’s uproar. She didn’t want the hypocrisy to thrive in the state when there were more important matters to go to the table. Such concerts and parties may feel like a paradise to many, but most of them are hosted at a price by leaving many others to struggle.