On Monday, the United States-based entertainment company, Live Nation, confirmed that Shakira had never scheduled a performance in Israel this July, but that the company and pop icon “hope” that she will do a show in Israel “in the future,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
After several media reports wrongly indicated that Shakira was due to perform in Tel Aviv later this year, Live Nation posted on Twitter, “The media has incorrectly reported that Shakira will be performing in Tel Aviv this summer.” The entertainment company clarified that “While no dates this summer will work, Shakira and Live Nation hope to bring a show to her fans in Israel in the future.”
Earlier in May, news outlets mistakenly reported that the Colombian pop star would perform in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park in July.
The misreporting led supporters of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to claim that they had won a victory. On Tuesday, BDS supporters celebrated the announcement that Shakira was not going to perform in Israel, failing to acknowledge that tickets never went on sale and there was never any production company that confirmed the gig.
Supporters of BDS, such as Yousef Munayyer, rejoiced that Shakira was not going to perform in Tel Aviv, affirming that she was boycotting Israel. Meanwhile, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel welcomed the supposed cancellation, posting on Twitter that as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, Shakira “had a moral duty” to not perform in Israel.
Although Shakira has never performed in Israel, she has been to Israel, visiting the Western Wall and meeting with then-president Shimon Peres at his Presidential Conference taking place in Jerusalem in 2011.
This is not the first time that the BDS campaign has falsely claimed a victory against Israel.
In 2010, the American rock band, The Pixies, cancelled a show in Israel after the Mavi Marmara incident and, at the time, the band said the cancellation was due to “events beyond all our control.” Many Israel critics took advantage of this and said the cancellation was an indication of The Pixies boycotting Israel, though The Pixies never mentioned boycotting or any ideological justification. The Pixies performed in Israel four years later.
Similarly in 2010, it was misreported that Carlos Santana had succumbed to BDS pressure by cancelling a show in Israel, while in reality, he was unable to perform due to tour logistics. He performed in Israel in 2016.
This spring and summer, there are no fewer than 19 international musical acts that have played or are scheduled to play in Israel. Enrique Iglesias performed last week and Ringo Starr will perform later in June.