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Israel’s ‘American Idol’ Reveals Larger Moral Rot

Alleged criminal ties sully popular show, boost protest movement

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And you thought Simon Cowell was mean. Margalit Tzanani, a veteran Israeli singer and one of the judges on Kochav Nolad, the Israeli equivalent of American Idol, was nabbed by police this morning on suspicion of engaging Israel’s most notorious criminal, Amir Mullner, to threaten and extort money from her former manager. If that’s not bad enough, the manager, Asaf Atadji, is currently representing some of the singers who got their start in Kochav Nolad, Israel’s top-rated television show, putting a reality-TV spin on this already surreal bit of reality.

The story, however, is more than merely titillating: it has gotten political. A few weeks ago, Tzanani—who has made her reputation as a hot-tempered and low-brow entertainer—spoke harshly against the current wave of protests sweeping Israel, claiming that the young demonstrators demanding affordable housing are nothing more than whiny, privileged, Ashkenazi kids (Tzanani is a Yemeni Jew). Perhaps in response to the singer’s comments, the protest movement’s leaders scheduled their mass rally the other week on the evening of Kochav Nolad’s season finale; the 300,000 people on the streets across Israel gave the singing contest an unusual drop in ratings.

While the criminal allegations have nothing to do with Tzanani’s political opinions, they are likely to contribute to the transformation of Kochav Nolad from cultural landmark to the emblem of all that’s corrupt and morally bankrupt in Israeli society. After years of caring deeply about Tzanani and her brand of frivolous celebrity, young Israelis are now focusing their energies on more profound problems. Whether or not their protests succeed remains to be seen. But witnessing an emblem of unbridled mindlessness tied to crime is a nice symbolic victory.

Singer Margalit Tzanani Arrested for Extortion [Globes]
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Oy, Liel, really, at least get your facts straight. The protesters held their first rally on the night of the KN finale by accident- that night, all the judges and stars expressed support for the protests that night, including Margol. She only backtracked the week after.

Carry on with your inane self-hate and gloating about Israel’s “moral rot”.

And the protest with 300,000 was the THIRD rally, not the first. Honestly, please at least pretend to be a journalist and do some basic fact finding.

Jerusalemite says:

How long has Liel been out of Israel? Cant you find people who live here to write about what happens? Margalit Tzanani is a wonderful singer (not low-brow) who sold out (in my opinion) by becoming a judge
on Kochav Nolad and doing commercials. She has always been outspoken.
After her criticism of the Tel Aviv tent protesters she was criticized, reversed herself and sang at a protest in Beersheba. So now she has been arrested. Is it a coincidence or is it an attempt by forces threatened by mass protests from many sectors of Israeli society calling
for social justice and a more equitable division of the pie to punish Margol and send a warning to other entertainers? In any case,she is
innocent untill proven guilty and the flip remark about Simon Cowell is
entirely out of place. I dont need to read Liel to get the facts but it
distresses me that Tablet doesnt get the story straight for Americans who dont know Hebrew. Maybe you should stick to writing about the Park Slope food coop

Write a lot more, thats all I’ve to say. Literally, it seems as although you relied on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog once you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

appreciate the article,My problem might be resolved.

I like this website presented and it has given me some sort of inspiration to have success for some reason, so thank you.


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