IBA – Israeli Broadcasting Authority – has allegedly banned their 2013 Eurovision singer Moran Mazor from wearing a John Galliano dress for the contest. John Galliano was once the head designer at Dior until his anti-Semitic comments were caught on camera almost 2 years ago. It has now appeared that his name was linked to designing the Israeli Artists’s dress at Eurovision this year.
According to press reports from EJP – Mazor was trying to champion the disgraced designer in an act of forgiveness for his actions and therefore his name was being mentioned as a possible designer for Mazor. However in a report from Fashionista.com – IBA had banned Mazor from wearing a Galliano creation on stage.
The memo allegedly from IBA’s Yoav Ginai to Mazor’s agent, claimed that Galliano’s actions “preclude’ him ‘from dressing the Israeli Eurovision representative, at a time when racism and anti-Semitism is rampant in Europe, even if he had apologized.”
Having publicly forgiven Galliano his previous transgression, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director Abraham H. Foxman disagree’s with the IBA’s decision.
He said in a statement to Haaretz that he is “outraged and embarrassed that an entity representing Israel would reject Mr. Galliano,” adding:”This is not the lesson that you give your children. Rejecting someone who gave a sincere apology is not Jewish tradition. We are a people that forgive and this is not the way to overcome bigotry.”
To confuse matters even more Galliano’s publicist Liz Rosenberg, has denied that the designer was ever contacted to create a performance outfit for Israel’s Eurovision entrant Moran Mazor.
Rosenberg told The Telegraph: “Mr. Galliano was never asked nor was there any communication regarding being asked to design for Israel’s contestant for Eurovision contest. Galliano has been hard at work on his sobriety and his efforts to seek forgiveness from those he offended.”
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What is certain is that this controversy has given the Israeli entry much attention across media outlets.
Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source – Telegraph, Dailymail and the “European Jewish Press – EJP.com”