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Lana Del Rey Commits To Israeli Performance

Following calls for boycotts from her loyal fans, singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey has doubled-down on her commitment to sing at the Meteor Festival in Israel. Lana is not the only performer who has received calls for boycotting, which comes amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

“We don’t always agree with the politics of the places we play within or even in our own country,” Lana wrote on Twitter. “Sometimes we don’t even feel safe, depending on how far abroad we travel – but we are musicians and we’ve dedicated our lives to being on the road.”

“Although I have deep sentiments over what is true or not true, right or wrong, I would like to remind you that performing in Tel Aviv is 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 inhumane actions.”

“I’m just stating that I’m a simple singer, I’m 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. For the record, I’m doing the best I can and my intentions are better than most people that I know.”

Despite the many fans accepting her decision, many others have continued to call for a boycott as Lana doubles down.

Lana’s scheduled performance has also been called out by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which works to “end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.”

“Lana Del Rey, we urge you to reconsider,” BDS wrote on Twitter. “We doubt that you would have played in apartheid South Africa; likewise artists refuse to play in apartheid Israel.”

“Please respect our nonviolent picket line, and cancel your Meteor performance.”

Another prominent activist against the Israeli-Palestine conflict is Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, who has actively shared support for Palestine and called out performers who sing at Israeli events.

In a Q and A style discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict recorded earlier this year, Roger Waters talks about singers who just want to play their music for peace.

“They’re shooting the f**king feet off 18 year olds who want to play soccer!” Roger yelled. “Don’t talk to me about your freedom of speech. Pay attention.”

He spoke of the United Nations’ mandate brought forward in 1947 to make Israel create separate states.

“From 1948 on, they have been systematically making life on the earth that is Palestine intolerable for the indigenous people. In an attempt to drive them into neighbouring countries into refugee camps so that they can take over the whole thing.”

As a final point, if you’re stuck on deciding which side to take, perhaps take a look at Huffington Post’s detailed outline on the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

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