The Teapacks: Push the button

The Israeli band The Teapacks' song "Push the button" may be banned from the Eurovision song contest for being too political. I think the song is funny and in parts catchy (I love the gypsy folk music accordion thing) and should not be banned, but then again I don't think the Israelis should be allowed to contest Eurovision generally for political reasons and because they are not Europeans.

Either way, this is a clever PR coup from the Israeli officials who presented the song to Eurovision -- but don't see it as anything more than that.


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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.