Missy Elliott Rocks Tel Aviv Amid Recent Cancellations

Elliott's show comes after several recent major artists, such as Elvis Costello, the Pixies and Devendra Banhart, canceled their Israel shows, citing recent tensions.

U.S. hip-hop artist Missy Elliott performed in front of thousands of Israeli fans in a one-off concert in Tel Aviv's Fair Grounds on Thursday, thus making good on her promise to keep her sole date in Israel despite recent cancellations by several major international  artists.

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U.S singer Missy Elliot performing in Tel Aviv, July 15, 2010. Daniel Tchetchik

Elliott's show came after several major artists, including Elvis Costello, the Pixies and Devendra Banhart, canceled their Israel shows, citing recent tensions in the region, heightened in the wake of Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound flotilla, which resulted in the death of 9 activists.

Local hip-hop favorites Hadag Nachash kicked off the show Thursday night by treating the crowd to some of their best-known hits. They were then followed by Elliott, accompanied by a slew of dancers, providing another signature performance, at one point yelling out to the adoring crowd: "I love this city!"

The French AFP news agency reported that, following her performance, Elliott planned to visit the Dead Sea during her two-day Israel visit.

The world-renowned rapper is scheduled to perform next at the Casa Music Festival, in Casablanca, Morocco on July 18.

Last month, legendary performer Sir Elton John performed at Ramat Gan stadium near Tel Aviv, refusing to bow to the pressure of anti-Israel activists.

Prior to his arrival, the British Committee for Universities of Palestine urged John to cancel his Israel show, writing in an open letter that "political or not political, when you stand up on that stage in Tel Aviv, you line yourself up with a racist state," "Do you want to give them the satisfaction? Please don't go."