Lana Del Rey cancels show in Israel after criticism
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Lana Del Rey announced Friday she is canceling a planned concert in Israel after activists criticized her for not also performing a show for Palestinians.

“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,” Del Ray said on Twitter.


She had been facing a wave of criticism from proponents of the boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates for “broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel” as a means to support Palestinian human rights and self-determination.

A Palestinian BDS movement Twitter account sent out a message of appreciation for Del Rey’s decision.

The singer had initially defended her concert, tweeting earlier that the appearance was not meant to send a political message. 

“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 governments opinions or sometimes inhuman actions," she said on Aug. 19.

Del Rey also canceled a show in Israel in 2014 following fighting between the Israeli military and groups in the Gaza Strip.