Celebrities ignore BDS demands, head to Israel for summer events

This summer, many celebrities are heading to Israel for various events that are spicing up the country’s culture scene. Some of these VIPs have even faced public criticism from anti-Israel groups or social media users.
Mariah Carey in the Dead Sea Photo Credit: Bill Boatman/Ron Kedmi Studio

As the new presenter for Premier Dead Sea Cosmetics, Mariah Carey came to Israel last week. The American singer-songwriter posed for a photo shoot in the Dead Sea, taking stunning pictures that were later uploaded to her Instagram page. Carey left Israel aboard a private plane after she finished the campaign for the Israeli cosmetics company.

On Thursday, Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee performed for the first time in Israel. Thousands of reggaeton-loving fans flocked to Live Park in Rishon LeZion in order to see Yankee. After the show, Yankee tweeted: “Wow! Great show in Israel. Thank you for the love. Muchas gracias por el apoyo, SHALOM!”

Tomorrow, Britney Spears will take the stage for the first time in Israel, performing in front of tens of thousands of fans in Tel Aviv. Spears landed in Israel on Saturday evening and spent her Sunday sightseeing. She was spotted at the Western Wall on Sunday afternoon, accompanied by her bodyguards and Israeli officials.

On July 15, Guns N’ Roses will entertain fans in Israel as part of its “Not in This Lifetime” tour. Israeli rockers have been waiting for Guns N’ Roses to return to Israel after the band performed in Tel Aviv in May 1993.

A few months ago, Radiohead made headlines when dozens of artists, including former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters, signed an open letter calling on the band to cancel its Tel Aviv concert. However, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke fired back and defended his band’s decision to play in Tel Aviv despite the criticism. “It’s really upsetting that artists I respect think we are not capable of making a moral decision ourselves after all these years,” he told the Rolling Stone magazine. Radiohead is set to perform in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park on July 19.

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