The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - DANIEL SUGARMAN

Trans­sex­ual Is­raeli pop star Dana In­ter­na­tional gave a wide-rang­ing in­ter­view to me­dia per­son­al­ity Yi­gal Ravid — also Is­raeli — at Lim­mud. The singer, fa­mous for songs in­clud­ing Diva and Saida Sul­tana, de­scribed how in the wake of her Euro­vi­sion vic­tory “ev­ery­body wanted to talk to me – they couldn’t be­lieve that a per­son like me ex­ists in Is­rael. I was asked a lot about Is­rael, and I was think­ing in my mind, ‘no one re­ally knows a lot about my coun­try’, be­cause they’re ask­ing me about camels… and thought that Is­rael was made up of 100 per cent Ortho­dox peo­ple.” The singer added that although life was ex­cel­lent for LGBT peo­ple in Is­rael, the na­ture of Is­rael’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem meant that “if you have two Ortho­dox par­ties in your coali­tion, you can­not do as much as you want for the gay com­mu­nity.” She said she would be per­form­ing dur­ing Euro­vi­sion next year

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