Lana Del Rey to cancel Israel performance in the midst of the pressure of the BDS movement

Singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey performs during a stop of her LA to the Moon Tour in support of the album “Lust for Life” at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on February 16, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Singer Lana Del Rey canceled her performance in Israel, under pressure from an anti-Israeli group two weeks after they publicly defended the concert as a way to “us together” with a “w[i] a thematic focus on peace.”

This is the second time that the “Summertime Sadness” singer canceled a scheduled show in the Holy Land by the pressure of the BDS movement, which advocates “boycott, divestment and sanctions against the Jewish State.

The pop star blamed the fact that she could not book a room in “Palestine” for the cancellation.

— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) Of 31 August 2018

“It is important for me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and the treatment of all my fans equally, Del Rey tweeted. “Unfortunately it has not yet been possible to line up these visits with such short notice and that is why I am delaying my appearance at the Meteor Festival to a time, when I plan visits for both my Israeli and Palestinian fans, and hopefully other countries in the region.”

She was set to headline the first music festival was held in Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, outside Tiberias in the upper region of Israel, from Sept. 6 to 8. Several reported Del Rey was already paid $700,000 for the show, while the costs will be reimbursed, festival organizers are furious about the last-minute cancellation they called a “BDS ambush,” they say “music heals, politics kills,” in a statement translated from the Hebrew.

Meteor Festival organizers claim they are “just about the only festival in the world that are 100% free of politics” in a non-controversial location.

“Our agenda is and has always been, peace, cooperation, equality, and our only goal is to get people of all kinds together by the common love for music and art, and our mindset from the start is to emphasize pluralism and cultural diversity,” the organizers said in a statement.

Del Rey originally stated its performance was “not a political statement, or a commitment to the politics there just like singing here in California does not mean that my views on one line w[i] my current government is of the opinion or sometimes inhuman actions.”

— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) 19 August 2018

“The BDS Movement” on Twitter wrote that Del Rey “did the right thing” and “listened to the fans who claim that artists should never let their music be used to cover gross violations of the rights of man.”


Singer Lorde also cancelled her concert last year in Tel Aviv, following pressure from anti-Israel activists.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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