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Jewish Singer to Represent Turkey at Eurovision

Turkey’s emissary to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest — the annual multinational music competition showcasing 43 countries and wide-ranging talent levels — is a 24-year-old pop singer from the western metropolis of Izmir named Can Bonomo.

Fan site EuroVisionary describes the singer-songwriter’s style as “Istanbulian music that works with tunes from Alaturca to international indie style,” with the Shins, Wax Poetic, the Kinks, the Libertines and the Beatles as influences.

He’s also Jewish, reports JTA, and his nomination may represent an intriguing form of cultural détente at a time of frosty relations between Turkey and Israel. “There’s a political element to Bonomo’s selection by the state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Corp. Turkish diplomats love to remind Journalists Who Cover the Middle East that their country always has been a haven for the Jews — and that’s not going to change, however bad things get with Israel,” JTA opined.

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