Following Backlash, Lana Del Rey Says Will 'Visit Palestine Too' on Israel Trip

'I look forward to meeting both Palestinian and Israeli children and playing music for everyone,' the American singer says

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Singer Lana Del Rey is shown in this publicity photo released to Reuters January 27, 2012.
Singer Lana Del Rey is shown in this publicity photo released to Reuters January 27, 2012. Credit: Reuters
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American singer Lana Del Rey, who has received criticism for her decision to give a show in Israel next month, said Wednesday that she would "visit Palestine too."

Del Rey said earlier this week that her visit "is not a political statement" and that performing in Israel "is not a commitment to the politics there, just as singing in California doesn't mean my views are in alignment with my current government's opinions or some inhuman actions."

"So I just wanted to let you know when I'm in Israel I will be visiting Palestine too and I look forward to meeting both Palestinian and Israeli children and playing music for everyone. I want peace for both Israel and Palestine," Del Ray tweeted Wednesday.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Cultural and Academic Boycott of Israel called on the singer to reconsider, as well as other advocates of BDS.

On Tuesday, former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, a supporter of the boycott movement, tweeted to Del Rey: "I have been reading your comments on Twitter, maybe I can help clear a couple of things up. Palestine is a unique situation in that the BDS picket line exists at the request of Palestine civil society as a whole."

Del Rey is set perform as part of the Meteor Festival in the northern Galilee on September 7. She canceled to perform in Israel in 2014 amid fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Lana Del Rey live in Antwerp, BelgiumCredit: You Tube

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