KLATSKY: Lana Del Rey Refused to Cancel Her Performance in Israel. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

This past weekend, controversy broke over singer Lana Del Rey refusing to cancel her upcoming performance in Israel at the Meteor Festival later this year in September.

Had Del Rey canceled her trip to Israel, she would’ve joined A$AP Ferg, Pusha-T, and other artists who have already postponed their visits.

“We’re about to travel to a place that many big bands are playing this year at this festival,” Del Rey said on Twitter. ”We don’t always agree with the politics of the places we play within or even in our own country.”

She continues by mentioning that “[playing in Israel] is not a commitment to the politics there, just as singing in California doesn’t mean my views are in alignment w my current governments opinions or some inhuman actions.”

Here is her whole statement:

Del Ray is completely right. Music is a universal aspect of pop culture that brings people together. Has Israel made mistakes before? Of course. Has Hamas? You bet. But a nation’s geopolitical history with its neighbors shouldn’t be an indication as to where people should or shouldn’t perform concerts.

Did this matter to the Palestinians or the organizations that support them? Of course not.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) tweeted out this in response to Del Ray’s note:

Of course, if by “human rights of Palestinians,” PACBI means Israel giving up all of its land in exchange for being told they can’t pray at the Temple Mount or even exist (as Hamas would bomb them to death), they’re making a solid argument.

But, they aren’t, and this is a clear plot to help attack Israel for adopting values of democracy and religious tolerance.

The JewishVoiceForPeace (JVP)  tweeted this out:

Because, you know, nothing means peace and freedom like Hamas telling people that they don’t have the right to exist or by hiding bombs in hospitals, mosques, and schools.

This whole fiasco, however, is just déjà vu for Del Rey.

Back in 2014, she postponed attending a show in Tel Aviv. Del Ray canceled her performance along with the Backstreet Boys, Cee Lo Green, Neil Young, and others due to controversy surrounding Operation Protective Edge, which was initiated after Hamas kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers in June of 2014.

Del Ray shouldn’t be pressured into groupthink despite the inordinate amounts of pressure to do so. For example, when Ben Shapiro went to speak at the University of California Berkeley despite an immense amount of violent threats from Antifa and other violent protesters. However, Shapiro persisted, and speak at Berkeley he did.

You can dislike Israel. You can dislike the Gaza Strip or the West Bank. However, if you’re going to go so far as to attack an artist for performing in Israel, you are either crazy, or just have it out for someone — and it’s clear that organizations like Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS), the JVP, and PACBI are all out to get Israel and their citizens.

Despite the issues that have plagued the Middle East for the past century, it’s important to find unifying things that bring people together—and music is one of those things.

Good on Lana Del Rey for thinking the same.


Avery Klatsky is a high school senior from Dallas, Texas. His political interests include foreign policy, economics, free speech, and more.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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About Avery Klatsky

Avery Klatsky is a high school senior from Dallas, Texas. His political interests include foreign policy, economics, free speech, and more.

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