Held since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest is an annual event traditionally dedicated to the eternal themes of love, peace, and harmony. Yet Israelis asked to pick a song for the 2007 contest in Helsinki paid little heed to these themes. Instead, they settled for "Push the Button," a controversial number by an Israeli punk group called Teapacks; the song is generally understood as a description of life under the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran with its "crazy rulers." Meanwhile, an Israeli fashion house (Dan Cassidy) commissioned a series of photos at a construction site in southern Tel Aviv that showed a topless model lying in a pit. The project was designed as a warning against the "holocaust" that would follow Iran's possible nuclear attack on Israel; the pit, as the project's creative director explained, represented "the mass grave of complacent Tel Aviv residents".
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||International Journal of Middle East Studies|
|State||Published - 1 May 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Sociology and Political Science