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Sinead O’Connor Plans to Cancel Show in Israel

The ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ singer will only pull out if it doesn’t cost her anything.

By: Daniel Koren

Published: June 17th, 2014 in Culture » Music » News

Sinead O’Connor Plans to Cancel Show in Israel

Irish singer, Sinead O’Connor, has agreed to cancel her upcoming show in Caeserea on September 11, assuming that there are no costs associated with the decision.

O’Connor’s choice to bail on the show comes after discovering that pro-Palestinian groups called on her to boycott Israel.

“I was not informed by my booking agent and was unaware myself, that a boycott of Israel had been requested by the Palestinian people,” O’Connor wrote in a statement published Friday on her website, which was later deleted.

“I agreed to perform having been unaware any such boycott had been requested. Had I been aware I would not have agreed to perform.”

O’Connor added that she could not afford to cancel the show if there were large costs involved, and added that she didn’t appreciate being thrown in the middle of a “war zone”.

“No one should assume musicians can afford not to work. Neither should anyone assume we can afford to pay the legal costs involved in pulling out of shows,” she wrote, adding that she has four children that need to be fed.

“I do not appreciate being bullied by anyone on either side of this debate any more than I appreciate not being properly informed by my booking agent of the potential ramifications of accepting work in war zones,” she added.

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