Singer Lana Del Rey canceled her concert at the Meteor Festival in Tel Aviv after a twitter commotion of fans and anti-Israeli groups asking her to not perform.
Lana Del Rey was one of the main performers for the upcoming Meteor Festival in Tel Aviv, that will take place from 6 to 8 September. After being criticized for her concert by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), a movement that works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestine, the US singer defended herself and her decision to join the festival through twitter. She explains that “music is universal and should be used to bring us together,” and continued “that performing in Tel Aviv is not a political statement.”
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) August 19, 2018
The concert would be held in northern Israel, an area that most Palestinians would not be able to travel to. After fans continued to ask her not to go under the hashtag #LanaDontGo, Lana Del Rey expressed her desire to perform in front of both, Palestinian and Israeli fans. And because that was not possible right now, she postponed her appearance until a time when she could do so.
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) August 31, 2018
A petition was even launched by Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and Jewish Voice for Peace. This petition had gathered almost 15,000 signatures.
This was the second time Lana Del Rey had cancelled her concert in Israel. Last year she cancelled her concert after receiving “overwhelming numbers of messages and letters”.
It has been also reported by the BDS Movement that 15 other performers have cancelled their appearance to boycott Israel’s Meteor Festival.
BREAKING: At least fifteen artists have withdrawn from Meteor festival, including those who have chosen to not make this public yet.
— PACBI (@PACBI) September 2, 2018