Lana Del Rey responds to Israel show critics, promises to visit Palestine

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

BDS wrote, in an open letter to Del Rey, that "performing in an apartheid state, whether South Africa in the past or Israel today, in defiance of the voices of the oppressed always undermines the popular struggle of the oppressed to end oppression".

Part of her statement read: I understand many of u are upset that we're going to Tel Aviv for the Meteor festival.what I can tell you is I believe music is universal and should be used to bring us together.

"Singing here in California doesn't mean my views are in alignment w my current governments opinions or sometimes inhuman actions", she added. The artist noted that she plans to perform "with a loving energy with a thematic emphasis on peace".

After one Twitter user claimed that a concert in Israel by the "Blue Jeans" singer, who is set to appear at the Meteor Festival in Tel Aviv this week, would be "used as propaganda to improve the image of Israel overseas", the musician responded by saying, "But could a person as good intentioned as I not perhaps with my presence bring attention to the fact that something should change and that a singer with a loving energy can help shift the energetic vibration of a location for the higher good even if it's just for a minute?"

In an Instagram post published late Tuesday, the American musician said she wants "peace for both Israel and Palestine". "I forward to meeting both Palestinian and Israeli children and playing music for everyone".

Now the singer has shared another statement, responding directly to criticism from Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, and revealing that she will visit Palestinian settlements during her trip.

"I understand your concern I really get [sic] do", Del Rey said in the statement which caused even more backlash.

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While Del Rey continued to disregard such appeals, other artists have been showing them respect.

United Kingdom artist Ross From Friends also tweeted that he was "not interested in playing at Meteor Festival in Israel" and shared PACBI's call to boycott the event.

In a longer message on Facebook, Waters wrote that to cross the BDS - boycott, divestment and sanctions - picket line "is a political act in support of the apartheid state" of Israel, "even if in your heart of hearts you believe yourself to be neutral".

Responding to Del Rey's statement yesterday, the group said: "We urge you to reconsider".

BDSSA also called on other artists, including American musician Lana De Rey, to also cancel their performances at the upcoming festival.

The singer will be appearing at the Meteor Festival in the northern kibbutz of Lehavot Habashan next month.

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