Israeli singer Eden Golan bravely defies anti-Semitism and reaches Eurovision final: “Gift of God”

Israeli singer Eden Golan bravely defies anti-Semitism and reaches Eurovision final: “Gift of God”

An Israeli singer has made it to the prestigious Eurovision final, overcoming conflict over her song title, which previously mentioned “October,” and opposition from thousands of anti-Israel protesters outside the venue in Sweden.

Her astonishing rise to the top comes at a time when Israel needs a boost in confidence, as even its most prominent ally, the United States, has turned its back on the Jewish state's need for aid.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video saying: “Eden, I wish you success, but you are already successful! Not only are you proudly and impressively participating in Eurovision, but you are successfully competing against an ugly wave of anti-Semitism and standing up against it by honorably representing Israel.”

The 20-year-old singer was greeted with boos and chants of “Free Palestine” during a dress rehearsal for the competition earlier this week.

According to The Independent UK, pro-Palestinian activists held protests outside the Malmö Arena in Sweden, waving Palestinian flags and banners reading “genocide.”

Golan was also intimidated and had to be escorted to the arena by more than 100 Swedish police officers in an envoy on Thursday.

“Eden Golan, our fellow artist, cannot leave her hotel room for fear of her life because she is Jewish. The year is 2024. I call on all artists to join me in publicly condemning this despicable act of hate. This is a time of choice.” “Your silence is complicit,” singer-songwriter John Ondrasik wrote on X.

The Israeli singer was almost disqualified from the competition for her song “October Rain,” whose lyrics allegedly referenced the horrific Hamas attack on October 7.

Israel's national broadcaster Kan approached the songwriters to “re-adapt the lyrics with full artistic freedom” before submitting the song to the Eurovision Broadcasting Union, Metro UK reports.

The original lyrics included lines like “There's no more room to breathe” and “They were all good kids, every single one of them.”

Critics of the original song claim that it “spread propaganda” and contained a political message as it refers to the day the Hamas terrorist group brutally slaughtered more than 1,200 innocent civilians; committed widespread rape and other human rights violations; and kidnapped hundreds more victims, including women and babies.

Israel's President Isaac Herzog called for a change to the text so that the country could be represented in the competition at a contentious time.

“The President emphasized that precisely at this time when those who hate us are trying to sideline and boycott the State of Israel at all levels, Israel should raise its voice with pride and head held high and raise its flag at every world forum “especially this year,” Kan said in a statement.

Golan advanced in the competition and performed a reworked version of the song titled “Hurricane.”

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A post shared by EDEN GOLAN (@golaneden).

“'Hurricane' is a very strong, emotional power ballad,” she explains. “The song is about a person going through something inside… a hurricane of emotions.” [and] feelings.”

And although some are boycotting the final because of the Israeli singer's performance, thousands are supporting this talented young woman.

“I come here to show my voice, to share my love, to share my gift from God and hopefully give people some feeling and leave a mark in their souls and unite through music,” she said.

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