Hallelujah is one of the most recognizable songs ever written, and many people know it for many different reasons. Some associate it with spirituality, while others associate it with the movie, Shrek. How did this song become so well known?
Hallelujah is a word used mostly by Christians.
But have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “What Does the Word Hallelujah Mean in the Bible?” Moreover, what is the meaning of Hallelujah in Hebrew?
Over generations the song has been covered and performed by more than 300 well-known artists and is translated into multiple languages.
Madonna has sparked controversy with her Eurovision Song Contest performance after her backing dancers displayed Iraeli and Palestinian flags was not an approved part of the act, organisers said.
The pop star, 60, defied calls from pro-Palestinian activists to cancel her gig in Tel Aviv, saying beforehand she wanted to create “a new path toward peace”.
During her performance at the final, Madonna’s backing dancers were seen wearing Israel and Palestine flags on their backs.
Eurovision has now confirmed they were not an approved part of the show and Madonna has “been made aware” the event is supposed to be “non-political”.
Eurovision said: “In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits.
“This element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU and the Host Broadcaster, KAN. The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had been made aware of this.”
Madonna had taken to the stage flanked by 30 dancers dressed as monks.
The Queen of Pop appeared at the top of a flight of steps, dressed in a cape and hood and wearing a metal breastplate.
Brandishing a cross, she stepped slowly towards the crowd at the Expo Tel Aviv and sung her 1989 hit Like A Prayer to raucous applause.
Madonna then performed new song Future, a collaboration with Migos rapper Quavo who appeared on stage with her.
Earlier in the night she appeared in a pre-recorded message, warning the public to not “underestimate the power of music to bring people together”.
She said: “You’re all winners, no matter what happens. The reason I mean that is because to get here, where you are right now, is not easy. Right?
“First you had a dream and then you had to believe in that dream, and you had to make many sacrifices. That makes you a winner no matter what.
“Another really obvious statement is, look at all the delegates behind us, everyone here is from all over the world. So many countries that I have been privileged not just to visit but to experience.
“And the one thing that brings me to those countries, and the thing that brings all these people here tonight, is music.
“So let’s not underestimate the power of music to bring people together. That’s the most important thing. Music makes the people come together.”
Madonna’s performance comes as she returns following a four-year hiatus.
She is preparing to release Madame X, her 14th album, and earlier this month announced a world tour including a string of shows at the London Palladium.
Israel’s Netanyahu to eject foreign observers in flashpoint Hebron
AIWAI! NO!|Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he would eject a foreign force set up to help safeguard Palestinians in a flashpoint city in the occupied West Bank, accusing the observers of anti-Israel activity.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to eject an international observer post aimed at safeguarding Palestinians in Hebron, a city in the occupied West Bank, accusing the mission of anti-Israel activity.
“We will not allow the continuation of an international force that acts against us,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Monday about the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH).
Netanyahu did not elaborate on the alleged misconduct of TIPH, which draws staff from Norway, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, nor did he say when he plans to expel them.
The agreement to deploy TIPH observers in Hebron was reached between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 1994 after an Israeli settler killed 29 Palestinian worshippers at the Ibrahimi Mosque, a site that is holy to both Muslims and Jews, who refer to it as the Cave of the Patriarchs.
The group didn’t start its work in the city until 1998, however, after the Israeli army refused to leave Hebron following the establishment of an illegal Israeli settlement at the heart of the city.
TIPH’s latest mandate – it is deployed in renewable, six-month terms – is due to end on 31 January, Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported on Monday.
The group has not yet commented on Netanyahu’s decision.
Israeli human rights violations in Hebron
Human rights groups have long decried Israel’s policies in Hebron, a city in the southern West Bank that has both PA-held areas and parts controlled by the Israeli military.
Since Israeli settlers established a settlement in the city centre following the worshipper’s massacre 35 years ago, Israel has subjected Palestinians in Hebron to severe movement restrictions, built a series of militarised checkpoints and effectively crippled what was once a thriving commercial hub.
Israel “has imposed physical and legal segregation between the hundreds of settlers and the thousands of Palestinians residents” in Hebron, Israeli human rights group Btselem says.
“This, coupled with violence by settlers and security forces, has made life intolerable for Palestinians, leading to a mass exodus and the economic ruin of the downtown area.”
Since it was deployed, TIPH has “observe(d) and report(ed) on breaches of the agreements (and) violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law”, the group says on its website.
Palestinians denounced Netanyahu’s decision to expel the international observers on Monday.
“The Israeli government’s decision means it has abandoned the implementation of agreements signed under international auspices, and given up its obligations under these agreements,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Reuters news agency.
Last month, Haaretz reported that a TIPH investigation of “40,000 incident reports” showed that Israel had breached international law by restricting Palestinian movements in the city.
Israel’s settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law.
However, Netanyahu has played up his pro-settler credentials as he seeks re-election in a 9 April vote.
Also on Monday, the Israeli prime minister visited Gush Etzion, a string of settlements and settlement outposts in the southern West Bank, and pledged to continue his government’s support for Israeli settlers living there.
“They want to uproot us from here. They will not,” Netanyahu said, as reported by the government press office.
“There’s a line of thought that says that the way to achieve peace with the Arabs is to be extirpated from our land. That is the certain path to achieving the opposite of this dream.”