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Lana Del Rey succumbs to leftist pressure, cancels Israel concert

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Another pathetic coward. She said she wouldn’t cave, and would stay strong — until she didn’t. I had a Geller Report article in queue praising Lana Del Rey for having common decency, a spine, in planning to give a concert in Israel. Even the courage to make this small gesture is rare among the dogmatic, totalitarian herd in the entertainment biz. It is a good thing that I had not published that article, because before I had a chance to do so, Lana Del Ray caved to the forces of evil. This is how a Shoah happens: “good” people go along, succumb to pressure from those who tell her that if they don’t, they’ll be called all sorts of names and ostracized. And so another moral coward is revealed.

“Lana Del Rey cancels Israel concert,” by Elad Benari, Israel National News, August 31, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey on Friday announced she would be postponing a planned concert in Israel, following calls on her not to perform in the Jewish state.

Del Rey had been scheduled to perform in Israel as part of the Meteor Festival which will take place at Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, outside of Tiberias in the upper Galilee, from September 6 through 8.

On Friday, however, she announced, “It’s important to 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.”

The announcement comes after Del Rey had previously assured fans she would not be cancelling her planned appearance.

“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 government’s opinions or sometimes inhuman actions,” she said earlier this month.

Following that announcement, former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, an active supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement who pressures artists not to perform in Israel, responded to Del Rey on Facebook.

Waters decried Israel as an “apartheid state”, and said a visit to Israel is inherently ‘a political act”.

Hours later, Del Rey responded to Waters via Instagram, reiterating that she would not cancel her show, while adding that she “understand[s] the concern” regarding Palestinian Authority residents.

The singer vowed to visit the Palestinian Authority, and meet with both Israeli and Arab children….

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