Lana Del Rey Cancels Israel Show, Cites Inability to Schedule Palestinian Concert

Singer tweets that she's postponing show 'until a time when I can schedule visits for both my Israeli and Palestinian fans' ■ Israeli festival organizers slam Del Rey 'for choosing us to be part of her publicity stunt'

Itay Stern
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Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Indio, California.
Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Indio, California.Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Itay Stern
Itay Stern

American singer Lana Del Rey announced she was postponing her show in Israel on Friday due to to her inability to schedule a show for Palestinian fans.

In a statement posted on her Twitter page, Del Rey said she was delaying her show "until a time when I can schedule visits for both my Israeli and Palestinian fans."

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Del Rey drew criticism from advocates of a cultural boycott of Israel for her decision to perform at the Meteor Festival in September, to which she recently replied 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 w my current governments opinions or some inhuman actions [sic]."

Last week, the singer said on her Instagram page that she would be "visiting Palestine too." She also addressed Roger Waters in her post, who previously implored her on Facebook to reconsider performing in Israel.

The singer said on Friday that "It's important to me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and treat all my fans equally. Unfortunately it hasn't been possible to line up both visits with short notice."

The Meteor Festival is being held at Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan in the northern Galilee on September 7. This was set be Del Rey's first performance in Israel after she cancelled a scheduled apperaence in 2014 as a result of the fighting that summer between Israel and Hamas and its allies in the Gaza Strip.

The Meteor Festival responded to Del Rey's cancellation on its Facebook page, saying "We want to thank Lana Del Rey for choosing us to be a part of her periodic publicity stunt."

Later, festival producers stated that the artist's deicsion to "cancel the show due to a reason that was not raised insofar is disappointing, but the festival will continue in full force."

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