Lana Del Rey defends decision to play in Israel

US singer Lana Del Rey has defended her decision to play a festival in Israel after facing a backlash from pro-Palestine campaigners.

The Video Games hitmaker has been urged to cancel her performance at next month’s Meteor Festival by pressure groups who have previously lobbied against shows by artists including Lorde and Radiohead.

But Del Rey insists that the show is not a “political statement” or an endorsement of the Israeli government.

“We don’t always agree with the politics of the places we play within or even in our own country – sometimes we don’t even feel safe, depending on how far abroad we travel – but we are musicians and we dedicate our lives to travelling on the road”, the singer wrote on Twitter.

“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 with my current governments opinions.

“For the record, I’m doing the best I can and my intentions are better than most peoples that I know.”

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) urged the singer to change her stance.

“We urge you to reconsider,” a statement from the group said. “We doubt that you would have played in apartheid South Africa; likewise, artists refuse to play in apartheid Israel. Please respect our nonviolent picket line, and cancel your Meteor performance.”


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