Days of Palestine

Monday, February 6

Lana Del Rey cancels her performance in Israeli festival

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Lana Del Rey announced on Friday that she is cancelling her performance at Israeli Meteor Festival, which was scheduled to take place on September 7.

"It is important to me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and treat all my fans equally,2 she wrote on twitter. “Unfortunately it has not been possible to line up both visits with such short notice,” she added.

The stated that she is “postponing my appearance at the Meteor Festival until a time when I can schedule visits for both my fans, as well as hopefully other countries in the region.”

Over the past month Del Rey responded to criticism and calls to boycott Israel, saying her appearance in Israel does not constitute a political statement.

“I understand many of you are upset that we are going to Tel Aviv for the Meteor Festival. I understand your concern, I really do,” Del Rey wrote, “What I can tell you is I believe music is universal and should be used to bring us together.”

Del Rey's comments were posted in response to the calls by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) members to cancel the performance and included a petition entitled "Dear Lena, We Need to Talk about Your Appearance in Israel."

The 33-year-old American pop singer is considered to be one of the genre's most influential figures since 2011 when she released her debut single Video Games.

Her current cancellation is a serious blow to the Meteor Festival, and a much more severe blow to producer Eran Arieli and to the production company Narnja.