Israeli Singer Cancels Concert Over Political Death Threats

Rona Kenan says she has been subjected to verbal attacks over a false 2012 report that claims she held a moment of silence for Palestinian martyrs.

Hagai Frid

Israeli singer-songwriter Rona Kenan canceled a performance that was supposed to take place Thursday evening in Haifa over fears for her life.

Over the past two weeks, various anonymous Facebook pages have been opened calling for a boycott of Kenan’s show over a claim that the singer “held a moment of silence for [Palestinian] martyrs” at an event that took place two years ago. Kenan vehemently denied the claim at the time.

Kenan’s public relations representative said her performance at the Turkish market in Haifa was canceled over “inciting messages, threats against her and slander over the past week via social media.”

It added that, “Someone decided to upload a false publication from 2012 and present it as though it were taking place now. Whoever uploaded the publication didn’t note the date nor did he bother to also publish the clarification that was provided at the time.”

Kenan herself said: “I have unfortunately found myself exposed to severe verbal attacks and threats to my life over a false publication from 2012 that was published again today as though it was happening now, during this sensitive time of war. Hopefully quieter days will be upon us all soon.”

Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav deplored the incitement against Kenan and said artists must not capitulate to “violent talkbacks on Facebook pages that threaten the Israeli democracy.”

Instead of Kenan, singer Shai Gabso will perform at the Haifa venue on Thursday evening.