Israel’s Gay Eurovision Entrant Says He Was Humiliated At Moscow Airport


Israel’s entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest, Hovi Star, claims he was humiliated for his sexuality by immigration officials in Russia.

On a recent visit to Moscow to promote his Eurovision Song Contest entry, Made of Stars, border control officials at the airport tore up his passport and laughed at him for being gay. Hovi Star broke the news after other Eurovision entrants witnessed the homophobic attack and reported it to the media.

israel The Times of Israel reports:

Hovi Star, an openly gay performer, told a Maltese television station about the incident that took place in an airport in Moscow some two weeks ago. A segment of the interview was made available on YouTube on Saturday.

Star said immigration officers laughed at him, tore up his passport and told him he couldn’t enter the country.

“In Moscow, people have a rough time with people like me, maybe because I’m gay, maybe because I dress like this, maybe because I wear make-up, I don’t know,” he told the Maltese TV station.

“They told me I couldn’t go in, they looked at my passport, they ripped my passport, and then they laughed at me,” he added.

He was issued a new passport by the Israeli embassy in Moscow.

Star flew to Russia for a special concert intended to promote Israel’s entry to the Eurovision in a separate Russian song contest.

The singer said he never intended to speak out about the incident but the Spanish entrant to the Eurovision representative, Barei, witnessed the incident and spoke about it on Spanish TV.

“It is amazing that such a thing happens in this space of the Eurovision, which is open and accepting. My song speaks of equality and how we’re all born equal, and it’s a shame that such a thing has happened,” Star told the TV station in Malta where his song — Israel’s entry to the Eurovision contest, “Made of Stars” — is very popular.

“Let’s take this as a lesson. I don’t take it personally, I really like [the Russian Eurovision entrant] Sergey Lazarov, I like his song, and I like Russia, I’ve been there many times. This wasn’t a nice experience, we live, we learn, we continue, we smile and we give free love to everyone,” he concluded, to applause.

The Eurovision contest will take place in Stockholm in May.

Eurovision Song Contest YouTube video:

Sergey Lazarev – You are the only one (Eurovision 2016 Russia)

Сергей Лазарев YouTube video:

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  • Blake

    What equality do they have in ‘israel’? For the illegal immigrant occupiers solely. Free Palestine.

    • Eric11210

      Oh Muhammad, we all know that you believe gays should be beheaded according to sharia law but here in Israel, we believe in equality. That’s why all gay people, including Arabs have equal rights here. Heck, gay Arabs from the territories escape their families, who want to murder them by coming here.

      • Blake

        No gentiles have equal rights in your illegitimate mad dog entity occupying Palestine. Gay or not. And they not all Muslims either. Halfwit Pleb.

        • Eric11210

          Since you obviously can’t figure out how to read the most basic of English language texts, there is little to discuss with you.

        • s. bar

          As someone who lived in israel for 5 years.

          i can say that when i was in israel an *arab* judge sent the israeli ex-president (jew) to jail for sex crimes.

          some top commanders in the israeli “jews” army are arabs/muslims/druze/kurds.

          muslim gays have more rights in israel than within islamic countries.

          muslim woman have more rights in israel than even some places in u.s (abortion for example)

          arabs or palestinians have party and representatives in the israeli parliament.

          it’s all cold indisputable facts. don’t be swayed by islamic media from qatar or saudi arabia. where they have 14 years old girls as sex slaves but they blame the jews for “apartheid” ridiculous.

          israel is secular & democratic. the problems with the palestinians are not on recial basis but on security and religion base. as most palestinians are extremely muslims and hamas charter is committed to kill all jews infidels. gays has been killed too in that society.

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  • rick lonzy

    American feminists like ISIS and apparently want them coming through our borders for “humanitarian” reasons, feminists also love gay men. However, ISIS likes to throw gay men off of rooftops to their death. What we have here is such a huge contradiction, it boggles the mind and shows certain groups, or products of social engineering have completely gone mad and I’m quite happy they’re starting to lose their power structure here in the US now.