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Israel Selects Eden Golan to Represent Country at Eurovision Amid Controversy Over Gaza Conflict

The decision was reached at the conclusion of a season of "Hakochav Haba" (Rising Star), which was delayed and altered due to the recent hostilities

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Tel Aviv, Israel – In the midst of ongoing tensions surrounding the conflict in Gaza, Israel has made its choice for the representative to compete in May’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Eden Golan, a 20-year-old from Tel Aviv, was selected to take the stage in Malmo, Sweden, despite widespread calls for the Jewish state to be barred from participating.

The decision was reached at the conclusion of a season of “Hakochav Haba” (Rising Star), which was delayed and altered due to the recent hostilities.

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Golan emerged victorious over finalists Or Cohen, Mika Moshe, and Dor Shimon, securing her place on the international stage.

For her final performance, Golan delivered a powerful rendition of “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith, dedicating the song to those longing for the return of loved ones, particularly the hostages still held in Gaza since their abduction by Hamas last October.

Wearing a yellow hostage pin, Golan performed amidst empty chairs as a poignant tribute to those who remain missing.

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“I want to stand in front of all of Europe and raise our nation,” Golan declared during the show. “I was born in Israel and only feel truly at home here. There is nothing that would make me more excited in the world than to represent our nation this year at Eurovision.”

Golan’s personal history adds depth to her performance; she spent 13 years living in Russia with her family before returning to Israel approximately two years ago.

Her heartfelt performances on Tuesday night earned her top marks from both the judges and the audience participating in the voting process from home.

Golan’s selection comes amidst a controversy surrounding Israel’s participation in Eurovision.

Critics have called for the country to be excluded from the competition due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, which has seen escalating violence in recent months.

However, supporters argue that music and cultural events like Eurovision provide an opportunity for unity and understanding, transcending political divides.

Israel has a long history of participation in Eurovision, often using the platform to showcase its diverse musical talents on the international stage.

As Golan prepares to represent Israel at Eurovision, the spotlight will undoubtedly be on her musical and political performance.

Her journey from Tel Aviv to Malmo will be closely watched, reflecting her aspirations and the broader dynamics at play in the region.

Despite the controversies and challenges, Golan’s selection is a testament to the power of music to connect people and bridge divides, even in the most challenging of times.

 

This article war created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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