Lana Del Rey: Israel gig 'not a political statement'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 21, 2018

Singer Lana Del Rey is facing criticism for ignoring calls to cancel a planned performance in Tel Aviv next month, suggesting her performance there may "shift the energetic vibration" of the region. Earlier this year, for example, Lorde and Natalie Portman declined to travel to Tel Aviv to play a concert and receive the nation's prestigious Genesis Prize, respectively.

The 33-year-old posted an extensive statement on social media on Sunday making clear her September 7 performance at the Meteor Festival is just that - and 'not a political statement'.

Many artists have refused to play in Israel in opposition of its occupation of Palestine.

Some people aren't satisfied with Lana's stance, and have compared her performing in Israel to performing in South Africa during the apartheid era.

"I understand many of u are upset that we're going to Tel Aviv for the Meteor festival...what I can tell you is I believe music is universal and should be used to bring us together", she began.

See her full statement below. "We don't always agree with the politics of the places we play within or even in our own country", she wrote.

The singer also criticised the USA government in her message.

"I would like to remind you that performing in Tel Aviv is not a political statement or a commitment to the politics there", she wrote.

Describing herself as "a simple singer", she added that she's "doing my best to navigate the waters of the constant tumultuous hardships in the war-torn countries all over the world that I travel through monthly".

Similarly, the PACBI-the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel-issued a statement in response to Del Ray's tweets.

The cultural boycott of Israel is supported by the likes of director Ken Loach and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, who both criticised Radiohead for playing there previous year. Indeed the Meteor Festival has already announced a lineup which includes rapper Pusha T, DJ Flying Lotus, jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington and many more.

Del Rey, meanwhile, has reasserted that she doesn't "have a political opinion" but that that's "not going to stop me from sharing my political/personal passion for peace wherever I go".

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