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Hope springs eternal

Eurovision champ Netta Barzilai still has a while before having to relinquish her title. But praise for the singer’s unique sound and call for self-acceptance has been offset by criticism of Israel. However, she agreed to gfive Martijn Tulp a tour of Tel Aviv, the city she calls home — and the new venue for this year’s contest
Photography Eran Levi Styling Itay Bezaleli

It’s a Wednesday morning and Netta, her team and I are in a van driving around Tel Aviv. I hand her a bag of cookies I brought from home, which she seems to enjoy. “I used to lfive in Hod HaSharon, which is about a 90-minute bus ride from Tel Aviv,” she says. “But I just had to move here because I don’t want to constantly drfive a car back and forth. A lot of people here drfive like crazy, it’s just not for me.

“I actually never got my flicence,” she adds. first stop: Jaffa’s flea market, aka Shuk Hapishpishim. “I visited this market a lot when I was a teenager, looking for vintage stuff. I went through piles and piles of clothes to find treasures.

“The market also has a lot of homeless people selling stuff, sometimes without knowing how valuable it is. If you look hard enough, you can find some cool things. Two of my favourite dresses are from Shuk Hapishpishim, and they cost me about two shekels [42p] each.”

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