Celebrated Singer Dionne Warwick Says Roger Waters’ Political Views on Israel ‘of No Concern’
Legendary American singer Dionne Warwick said on Wednesday that her decision to perform in Israel this month would not be swayed by the “hard pressures” of prominent anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions activists in the music industry.
A statement released by the singer and U.N. global ambassador said Warwick “would never fall victim to the hard pressures of Roger Waters, from Pink Floyd, or other political people who have their views on politics in Israel.”
“Waters’ political views are of no concern,” the statement read.
Unlike singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill, who decided to cancel her Tel Aviv show just a few days before her performance this week, Warwick said that if she had “had an objection to performing in Israel, no offer would have been entertained and no contract would have been signed.”
“Art has no boundaries. Ms. Warwick will always honor her contracts,” the statement read.
Warwick is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on May 19.
Fans of Hill, meanwhile, expressed disappointment in the musician’s decision to cancel last minute.
“Either boycott [Israel] and don’t come from the beginning, don’t book anything, or come,” said one fan in Tel Aviv.
The show would have been Hill’s second in Israel, with the first taking place in 2007.