On Friday, pop singer Lana Del Rey capitulated to pressure from anti-Israel activists and canceled her upcoming concert in Israel.
Del Rey stated:
It is important for 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 Palestinian fans, as well as hopefully other countries in the region
As Variety noted, “Del Rey was to headline the inaugural Meteor Festival, set to take place at Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, outside of Tiberias in the upper Galilee region of Israel, from Sept. 6 through 8.” The Hill reported, “She had been facing a wave of criticism from proponents of the boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement…”
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel delightedly tweeted:
Yet on August 19, Del Rey had tweeted a defense of her upcoming concert:
Del Rey has been down this road before; in 2014 she canceled a concert in Israel after war broke out between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza.