Earlier this week, singer Lana Del Rey said that she would stick with her decision to perform in Israel despite calls for her to boycott the country. She has now announced that she will also “be visiting Palestine” in response to a public relations campaign by pro-Palestinian activists.
The singer will appear at the Meteor Festival in the kibbutz of Lehavot Habashan next month. BDS advocates urged Del Rey to boycott Israel, to which she responded that “music is universal and should be used to bring us together.”
“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 w/ my current government’s opinions or sometimes inhuman actions,” she wrote.
Del Rey subsequently posted that, while she would still play in Israel, she understood the concerns “towards showing support to the Palestinians too. So I just wanted to let you know when I’m in Israel I will be visiting Palestine too and I look forward to meeting both Palestinian and Israeli children and playing music for everyone. I want peace for both Israel and Palestine.”
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