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May 29, 2018 11:21 am

Shakira Hopes to Perform in Israel in Future, After Failing to Set Date for This Summer

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Shakira. Photo: Oouinouin via Wikimedia Commons.

The US-based entertainment company Live Nation confirmed on Monday that reports claiming Shakira would be performing in Israel this summer were false.

Live Nation posted on Twitter, “The media has incorrectly reported that Shakira will be performing in Tel Aviv this summer. While no dates this summer will work, Shakira and Live Nation hope to bring a show to her fans in Israel in the future.”

Early this month, reports began surfacing that the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer was set to perform for the first time ever in the Jewish state. Israel’s Channel 2 News even published an “exclusive” scoop about the Columbian singer closing a deal to appear in Israel on July 9.

Despite the fact that tickets never went on sale and no Israeli production company confirmed the show, supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement still published open letters online urging Shakira to not perform in Israel.

Shakira traveled to Israel in 2011 with her boyfriend, soccer player Gerard Pique. During their trip, they visited the Western Wall and met with former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

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