American singer Lana Del Rey pulled out of her scheduled performance at an Israeli music festival at the last minute, saying it was because she was unable to arrange a second performance for her Palestinian fans.
Del Ray on Aug. 31 in a tweet announced the cancellation of her performance at the Meteor Festival in the northern Israeli kibbutz of Lehavot Habashan, scheduled for Sept. 7. It would have been the artist’s first performance in Israel.
“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 Palestinian fans, as well as hopefully other countries in the region,” she tweeted.
Festival organizers called Del Rey’s withdrawal a publicity stunt. In total, nine acts pulled out of the festival due to intervention by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. PJC