Eddie Butler is an unlikely name for a famous Israeli
perhaps. Butler is an African American whose parents came to Israel 37 years ago
with the Black Hebrew group. Butler's musical talents and impressive stage
presence have earned him the right to represent Israel in the Eurovision song
contest. Perhaps he doesn't have a chance to win against heavily favored Greece,
but chosing Butler and his song to represent Israel made an important statement
to Europe and to ourselves, about how we view our country and what Zionism is in
reality, rather than what it is in the imagination of its foes. The Eurovision
contest is mostly tinsel and bad taste, but this year it has done something
good, for Butler is not just another Israeli musician. He makes it clear that he
has a message about Israel as well:
"I'm more than happy to represent the country I
was born in. I love Jerusalem, I love Israel, I live for this country," Butler
told ISRAEL21c. "This is my home."
believe they are one of the lost ten tribes of Israel. Butler is married to an
Israeli and is in the process of converting to Judaism.
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