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August 20, 2018 4:16 pm

Singer Lana Del Rey Responds to Ongoing Criticism of Upcoming Israel Concert

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Even after issuing a public statement defending herself, American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey responded to Twitter users on Sunday who continued to criticize her decision to perform in Israel.

After one Twitter user claimed that a concert in Israel by the “Blue Jeans” singer, who is set to appear at the Meteor Festival in Tel Aviv next month, would be “used as propaganda to improve the image of Israel abroad,” the musician responded by saying, “But could a person as good intentioned as I not perhaps with my presence bring attention to the fact that something should change and that a singer with a loving energy can help shift the energetic vibration of a location for the higher good even if it’s just for a minute?”

Del Rey noted that she did not believe in “oppression or murder in any form anywhere,” and told another Twitter user that she would not be stopped from sharing her “political/personal passion for peace” wherever she went. She told the same person, “I’m not a travel agent promoting tourism for each country I go to. I’m sharing my thoughtful genre of music wherever I go.”

Earlier on Sunday, the singer tweeted a message to her fans in which she said that “music is universal and should be used to bring us together.” Del Rey noted her “plan” was for the concert to be done with “a loving energy with a thematic emphasis on peace.”

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She continued, “We don’t always agree with the politics of the places we play within or in our own country — sometimes we don’t even feel safe, depending on how far abroad we travel — but we are musicians and we’ve dedicated our lives to being 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 in California doesn’t mean my views are in alignment [with] my current government opinions or sometimes inhuman actions.”

Del Rey concluded by saying that she was a “simple singer” doing her best to “navigate the waters of the constant tumultuous hardships in the war-torn countries all over the world that I travel through monthly.”

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