Headliner Lana Del Rey cancels appearance at Israeli festival





New York - Lana Del Rey cancelled an appearance at an Israeli festival on Friday after pressure from the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.



Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey
 
Several other acts had already pulled out of the Meteor Festival in northern Israel after pressure from the pro-Palestinian group.
"It's important to me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and treat all my fans equally," Del Rey said on Twitter as she announced she was postponing the appearance until she could schedule a concert in Palestine as well.
Festival organizers said the festival was not political, and that they "believe deeply in music's capacity to transcend and heal humanity's rifts."
BDS activists say agreeing to appear at cultural events is a stamp of approval for the Israeli government.
The BDS movement is a group of pro-Palestinian activists who advocate cultural and economic boycotts of Israel in the name of Palestinian rights.
Israel accuses BDS of being anti-Semitic by singling out the Jewish-majority state.

Friday, August 31st 2018
(dpa)
           


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