Lana Del Rey has defended her decision to play a show in Israel later this year.
The singer previously announced an Israeli show in 2014, only to cancel a few weeks later. Now it seems that she is resolute in her intention to play a set at Meteor Festival in Tel Aviv in a few week's time.
The decision has sparked protests from Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), who issued a statement to Lana Del Rey saying "we urge you to reconsider..."
Placing a post on Twitter the singer explained that the show "is not a political statement" and that it isn't an endorsement of the Israeli government.
She continues: "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."
"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..."
Read the full statement below:
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