ADL 'Outraged' Over Israel Banning Eurovision Contestant From Wearing Galliano

Moran Mazor intended to sing in a dress designed by controversial designer John Galliano, known for his anti-Semitic and racist comments, until the Israel Broadcast authority directed her to drop plans.

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The Anti-Defamation League has expressed outrage at a decision by the Israel Broadcasting Authority to prohibit the country's Eurovision contestant from wearing a dress by designer John Galliano, who publically made racist and anti-Semitic comments in the past.

The Israel Broadcasting Authority's decision came after a recent interview for the news website Mako, in which Eurovision hopeful Moran Mazor said that her "stylist reached out to several international designers among them John Galliano. Fortunately, he accepted the challenge of designing a dress."

"I am outraged and embarrassed that an entity representing Israel would reject Mr. Galliano," ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman, said in a statement on Friday.

"To reject someone who has now embraced Israel and the Jewish people is outrageous. This is not the lesson that you give your children. Rejecting someone who gave a sincere apology is not Jewish tradition. We are a people that forgive and this is not the way to overcome bigotry."

"Mr. Galliano is a changed man," the statement continued. " The Israel Broadcasting Authority must realize this. It is great to see that he is working with Israeli artists. He has continued to work hard in establishing relationships, and has shown us and the world that he is taking steps to understand and grow from his past mistakes. To continue to boycott him is not constructive."

Two years ago, Dior gave Galliano the boot over a video that surfaced of him making racist and anti-Semitic comments.

A French court later ruled he had made "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" in several incidents.

In one incident, Galliano stated his love for Adolf Hitler at a Paris bar and told people he believed were Jewish that their mothers should have been gassed.

He blamed his outbursts on addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Mazor who will represent Israel in Eurovision contest hosted by Sweden in May, is slated to sing "Rak Bishvilo" [Only for Him].

In this Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 file photo, Fashion designer John Galliano arrives at a police station in Paris. Credit: AP

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