Israeli-Arab singer cancels U.K. show following death threats
Mira Awad was scheduled to perform on Israel's Independence Day in London alongside Achinoam Nini.
Israeli-Arab singer Mira Awad cancelled a planned concert in London marking Israel's 62nd Independence Day after receiving several anonymous death threats, the Jewish Chronicle reported Saturday.
Awad, who represented Israel in last year's Eurovision Song Contest alongside Achinoam Nini, also known as NOA, has been performing with her Jewish partner around the world promoting the message of peace and co-existence between Jews and Arabs.
Awad and Nini were invited to be the main act in the annual British concert organized by the Zionist Federation - which is scheduled to take place this year on April 19 - yet following the threats it was decided that Nini will perform alone, the Chronicles reported.
Awad has been placed under constant security surveillance at her home in Tel Aviv.
"Mira and NOA's message is about finding a peaceful way forward," Awad's manager Ofer Pesenzon said, adding that "it is tragic that when both sides try to come together by any means possible to build a better future for Israel and its citizens, there are those prepared to use violence and intimidation to destroy it."
Zionist Federation Executive Director Alan Aziz said in response to the events that "Mira wanted to be the Arab Israeli voice promoting a peaceful way forward, and the threats to her life expose the real truth behind the conflict."