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Arts & Culture
On the Spectrum wins top prize at television festival in France E-mail

The new Israeli television series On the Spectrum won the top prize at the Series Mania Festival in Lille, France, in May.

The Hebrew-language show, about three 20-something roommates with autism living together in an assistedliving apartment, was awarded the Best Series prize. It was produced for the YES satellite broadcaster, and was screened in Israel for the first time on 22 May.

The festival called the show “a funny and moving gem of a series that is carefully crafted and full of humanity, offering a bold new take on the autistic condition,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

It is the ninth year of the festival, which serves as a showcase for international TV professionals. Last year, YES also won first place at the festival for its court drama Yes Your Honor, a legal thriller. Showtime bought the rights to the show.

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Philippine Embassy celebrates Labor Day and Flores de Mayo in the Holy Land E-mail

On 6 May, over 150 people, including representatives from the Tel Aviv city government and members of the local and religious community in Israel, gathered at the lush Hayarkon Park in northern Tel Aviv for the Embassy’s third annual joint celebration of Labor Day and Flores de Mayo.

Twenty Filipino community organisations participated in the Flores de Mayo parade, with participants carrying flower arches and wearing costumes representing their respective regions. The event, organised in partnership with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Office in Israel, was the Embassy’s salute to over 25,000 Filipino workers in Israel on the occasion of Philippine Labor Day.

Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial thanked the Filipino community and the Embassy’s guests for joining the celebration, and took the opportunity to honour the contributions of Filipino workers to the country’s development. “We honour our workers – our Overseas Filipino workers in particular, who are our partners for national development,” Ambassador Imperial affirmed.

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Israel wins Eurovision song contest E-mail

Female Israeli artist Netta Barzilai’s song Toy won the 63rd pan-European song contest final on 12 May at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.

Coming into the contest, Netta’s song was clearly not the favourite, and with antiIsrael sentiment in evidence at the event it was an incredible achievement against the odds. In fact, the song earned the fourthhighest score in the competition’s long history, with 26 countries participating in the final.

At this year’s contest, Israel would have come in third if the decision had been solely up to the official juries of the 43 countries that participated. But the juries, which gave Israel 212 points, determined only 50% of the scores. Callers gave Israel another 317 points on top of its total to 529, nearly 100 points more than the next-closest contestant, Cyprus.

Barzilai’s victory was the fourth for Israel, following its wins in 1978, 1979 and 1998, and suggested that catchy pop trumps politics in the four decades Israel has taken part. Barzilai’s eccentric feminist anthem Toy, which combines clucking chicken noises over looped vocals and English lyrics, seemed to win out over any qualms about Zionism.

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