Singer Lana Del Rey Says Performing in Israel 'Is Not a Political Statement'

The American singer and songwriter is coming in September to perform at the Meteor Festival in the north, despite pressure from the BDS movement

Maya Asheri
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American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey, who is to appear in Israel for the first time next month, took to twitter on Sunday to respond to advocates of an artistic boycott of Israel, saying that her visit "is not a political statement."

Performing in Israel, she wrote "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]." Del Rey wrote that she could see both sides of the issue and can understand those who disagree with her.

"But me and my band have been performing all over the world for months out of the years for 10 years now together. And we're about to travel to a place that many big bands are playing this year at this festival. We don't always agree with the politics of the places we play within or even in our own country," she wrote.

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In response to Del Rey's plans, the Palestinian Campaign for the Cultural and Academic Boycott of Israel called on the singer to reconsider. She has also come under pressure from other advocates of a cultural boycott of Israel since her plans were announced last week.

The Meteor Festival is being held at Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan in the northern Galilee on September 7. This will be her first performance in Israel after she cancelled an appearance that she had been due to make in 2014 as a result of the fighting that summer between Israel and Hamas and its allies in the Gaza Strip.

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