Noa is about to represent Israel along with Israeli Arab performer, Mira Awad, in the Eurovision song contest. Until recently, the Israeli Sephardic vocalist had an impeccable musical and political reputation both within Israel and abroad. Among other things, she’d performed a stirring collaboration with Cheb Khaled covering John Lennon’s Imagine.
But more recently, she made extremely controversial remarks attacking Hamas, accusing it of mass rape, and blaming it for the Gaza war. After that outburst, she was forced to cancel a Tel Aviv concert appearance with Awad because she stirred up great animosity among progressive Jews and Arabs.
Subsequently, she modified her remarks and apologized for their harshness. But Mary Rizzo brings word that Noa’s apology was neither sincere nor lasting. She’s back on the warpath and what she says isn’t pretty:
A few words about the Israeli elections and where things stand now, from my point of view:
Though i voted left, as always, I am not surprised by the results of the Israeli elections.
I am proud to live in a democratic country which has given voice to the people, even when i am unhappy with the result. I am proud to say that the ONLY party that was ever deemed illegal in Israel was KACH, lead by Kahana, the fanatic Jewish right wing party. Raam and Tal , two Arab parties who support Iran and refuse to recognize Israel as a homeland for the Jews, who don’t even make their party’s declaration of principles available in Hebrew, are kept in the Knesset. They are PROTECTED by the Israeli supreme court.
The Israeli election results, however saddening, were obvious, amongst other things, in the face of the INCREDIBLE propaganda spread around the world by the ENORMOUS amount of Anti-Semites and Jew- haters who are bent on destroying Israel. When the Israeli population sees the lies spread around, the hypocrisy of the world who sees Israel as the aggressor rather than a country acting in self defence, a world whose eyes are blind to the killing and the massacres by the MUSLIM fanatics of the Palestinian people, of Fatah, of women who dare to raise their head, of ANYONE who does not agree with them, when the Israeli people who number 7 million, 1.5 million of them Arabs, see around them 1.5 BILLION Arabs, with hardly ONE voice raised in peace, compared to the ENDLESS Israeli and Jewish voices raised in peace, then it is clear that the elections will go right.
…Meretz, a very sane and liberal left wing organization who supports 2 states for 2 people, has supported both of Israel’s operations, in Lebanon and Gaza. Of course they have, because Meretz know very well that Israel was acting in self defence against fanatic, cruel, Nazi-like organizations, the Hamas and Hezbollah, who are holding innocent people captive, Arabs and Jews as one, and using them as human shields in their death-loving Jihad.
…Both sides have failed to make peace, and now both sides have become more extreme, especially the Muslim side. Fortunately, Lieberman and his friends, which i care nothing for, can never compete with the death loving fanatics on the other side.
All the best
I’m sorry to say that Noa has done a “Benny Morris” on us. Like that New Historian and former progressive who turned against his former liberal beliefs to become as anti-Arab as the most noxious of Israeli politicians, Noa has taken leave of her intellect and her senses. To call Hamas “Nazi-like” is truly worthy of Morris or other rightist ideologues like Daniel Pipes or Bibi Netanyahu. Yet she trumpets her “leftist” credentials as if this excuses her Islamophobia.
Further, Hamas is a “death-loving fanatic” while Lieberman is–what? A minor irritation and annoyance? This is beyond pathetic. Why is it that someone who claims she is a fearless champion of peace is so incredibly defensive and protective of her own nation as if the world was composed of enemies besetting it on all sides? Why is it that the blame falls on the other side and never on hers? Why is it that Muslims are at fault and Jews never? Why do Muslims “love death” while Jews love life?
I’ve got news for Noa: you can’t detest a legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and claim in the same breath that you’re all for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. What you really mean is that you’re all for peace as long as the Palestinians put forward leaders you like. If not, then what are you for? Meaningless platitudes of the type she spouts here.
I’m also sorry to say that she doesn’t seem to have the courage of her convictions either. It appears she removed this post from her site sometime after Mary Rizzo quoted it. I wonder what made Noa do that? If anyone can find this post on her site please post me the link.
She only proves the unfortunate principle that many entertainers would be better off sticking to what they know and leaving to their audience’s imagination what their personal or political beliefs might be. Sometimes a brilliant performer hides some pretty nasty views and vices.
Noa’s are so puerile, so noxious that I can never write another positive word about her again. I feel deeply sorry for Mira Awad, a perfectly lovely Arab musician and actress who will perform with Noa. This could be a big break for her musical career and she can’t possibly say anything truthful about what she feels about Noa’s anti-Hamas bellowing. Personally, I wish Awad would cancel her participation in the project. But it’s not my career that would suffer so it’s hard to be as judgmental as some on the far-left might be.
I’m sorry to say that voting for Noa in the Eurovision is rewarding her horrible attitudes. Don’t do it. As with Waltz With Bashir, I’d prefer she didn’t win despite the fact that she might conceivably have some beneficial impact on peaceful attitudes among both peoples. Whatever small impact that might be doesn’t warrant endorsing rants like the one above by voting for her.
H/t to Peter Drubetskoy.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.