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Lana Del Rey cancels Israel performance following backlash

Sept. 1, 2018 1:12 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 2, 2018 10:49 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- American singer and songwriter, Lana Del Rey, postponed her performance in Israel following worldwide criticism from fans and activists.

The singer announced via her official Twitter account that she would be postponing her show in Israel until a time that she could perform in both Palestine and Israel .

Del Rey tweeted saying "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 such a short notice and therefore I'm postponing my appearance at the Meteor Festival until a time when I can schedule visits for both my Israels and Palestinian fans, as well as hopefully other countries in the region."

The singer had initially stated that she would still be performing at the festival despite pro-Palestinian groups' efforts, including BDS, which insisted that she cancels her performance.

At the time, Del Rey had said that her performance was "not a political statement or a commitment to the politics there, just as singing here in California doesn't mean my views are in alignment with my current government's opinions or sometimes inhuman actions."
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