Ghali and the controversy with the Israeli ambassador to Italy


Ghali and the controversy with the Israeli ambassador to Italy

On the stage of the Sanremo Festival Ghali wanted to bring a very clear message, a simple and strong thought at the same time that certainly unites everyone: “stop the genocide”.

His words were not liked by the Israeli ambassador to Italy, Alon Bar, who wrote on In the massacre of 7 October, among the 1200 victims, there were over 360 young people murdered and raped during the Nova Music Festival. Another 40 of them were kidnapped and are still in the hands of terrorists. The Sanremo Festival could have expressed solidarity with them. It’s a shame this didn’t happen.”

Yesterday (11 February) Ghali was a guest on Domenica In on Rai 1 and the journalist Dondoni asked him what he thought of the words of the Israeli ambassador, this is the singer’s reply:

“I have always talked about these issues since I was a child. Not since October 7th, I’m sorry you responded this way, there were so many things to say. But what else was I supposed to use this stage for? I’m a musician before I got up here and I’ve always talked about this since I was a child. I’ve been talking about what’s going on in my songs since I was 13-14 years old. I was born thanks to the internet and I haven’t talked about it since October 7th, this thing has been going on for a while. The fact that the ambassador speaks like this is not good, the policy of terror continues, people are afraid to say stop the war, stop the genocide, we are living in a moment in which people feel that they are losing something if they say long live the peace. There are children in the middle: those children who are dying, who knows how many stars, how many doctors, teachers, how many geniuses, there are in the middle.”


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