American icon Dionne Warwick said today that she will not cancel her planned concert in Israel in response to pressure from Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists.
“Art has no boundaries,” Warwick said just a day after hip-hop and R&B singer Lauryn Hill announced the cancellation of her scheduled concert in Israel only three days before the performance.
Ms. 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,” a statement released to the media said.
“Waters’ political views are of no concern to Ms. Warwick, as she holds her own unique views on world matters. Art has no boundaries. Ms. Warwick will always honor her contracts…If Ms. Warwick had an objection to performing in Israel, no offer would have been entertained and no contract would have been signed,” the statement added, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Hill had the following to say about her own cancelation: “It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans. For this reason, we have decided to cancel the upcoming performance in Israel, and seek a different strategy to bring my music to all of my fans in the region. ”
The boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) campaign seeks to ostracize Israel, and systematically pressures artists to cancel shows in the Jewish state.