Lebanese singer performs cover to 'Hurricane': 'felt I had to support Eden Golan'

Carine Bassili, who grew up in Lebanon and now lives in the United States, decided to perform a cover of the Israeli Eurovision song as an act of support against the bullying Eden Golan experienced in Malmö

Lebanese singer Carine Bassili performed a cover of "Hurricane" and posted it on her Instagram account. "It's pretty tough to sing this song, but I couldn't pass up the chance. I wanted to support her because I felt that as an artist competing in a music contest, she was treated very unfairly," Bassili told Ynet. "I felt I needed to support her in any way I could."
'Hurricane' in Arabic: Lebanese singer stands up for Israel

For Bassili, a Christian born and raised in Lebanon who now resides in the United States, performing "Hurricane" in Arabic carried a sense of mission. "I didn't know if anyone would hear it if she would hear it, but we wanted to do something from my side," she explained.
"It's also a message to the Jewish people: There are many who hate Lebanon, but there are those of us who don't. We want to show our support; we don't want to be silent anymore. We've been quiet long enough. It's time for Lebanese Christians to stand with Israel, as we have historically."
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Having lived in the United States for years, Basili has faced varied reactions from her family and friends in Lebanon. "Over the past 3-4 years, I've been very clear about my stance and support for Israel. I don't speak with my mother in Lebanon; we have no communication. Some of my family is here, but my friends—none of them speak to me, except for a few who are scared to talk to me. But I truly believe in what I'm doing and that it's a step towards peace. I want to break these barriers of hate and say, 'Yes, you all turned against her, but we want to show that many Arabs are not against her or Israel.'"
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