Lana Del Rey withdraws from controversial Israel performance

Lana Del Rey has pulled out of her planned performance at the Meteor Festival in Israel scheduled to take place September 6-8.

Responding to requests from other artists, fans and activists, Del Rey decided to postpone her performance until she can play for both a Palestinian and Israeli audience. Since most Palestinians would not be permitted to attend the performance on the Israeli kibbutz, Del Rey stated, “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 short notice and therefore I’m postponing my appearance at the Meteor Festival until a time when I can schedule visits for both my Israeli and Palestine fans, as well as hopefully other countries in the region,” she continued.

While Del Rey was one of the major headlining acts, she joins nine other artists to pull out of the festival, including Volvox and DJ Python most recently.

In response to Del Rey’s decision, PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, tweeted: “Thank you Lana Del Rey for your principled decision to withdraw from Israel’s Meteor Festival. Palestinians hope to hear you play when Israel’s occupation and apartheid end. We urge all participating artists in the festival to respect our nonviolent picket line.”

A petition launched jointly by Jewish Voice for Peace and PACBI gathered nearly 15,000 signatures, reflecting growing support for the grassroots Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. In recent years, a chorus of entertainers and athletes, such as Lorde, Natalie Portman, and NFL player Michael Bennett, have boycotted trips, events and award shows in Israel, citing their objections to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

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