BDS didn’t scuttle Imbruglia’s TA concert — promoter
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BDS didn’t scuttle Imbruglia’s TA concert — promoter

While boycott movement took credit for Aussie singer's canceled performance, others say it was a matter of bad timing

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

As Natalie Imbruglia sets out on her Acoustic world tour, she canceled her March 1 Tel Aviv performance, leading to rumors of BDS pressure, which were incorrect, according to the local promoter (Courtesy Natalie Imbruglia Facebook page)
As Natalie Imbruglia sets out on her Acoustic world tour, she canceled her March 1 Tel Aviv performance, leading to rumors of BDS pressure, which were incorrect, according to the local promoter (Courtesy Natalie Imbruglia Facebook page)

Australian pop star Natalie Imbruglia canceled her planned March 1 concert in Israel, but not due to BDS pressure, a promoter said.

Ticket sales were good, said Georges Cohen, a senior promoter at 3A Productions, which was handling Imbruglia’s show in Israel, but “she just couldn’t make it.”

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement “just used it and tried to appropriate the credit of this cancellation,” he said.

According to the concert’s Facebook event page, the concert was canceled on February 3.

Imbruglia’s regular Facebook page included a long thread from fans thanking her for canceling the concert in “apartheid Tel-Aviv,” while others castigated her for caving to “forces of hate and racism.”

I can’t wait to get back on the road & see all of you this year! Tickets for my 2017 acoustic tour are on sale today,…

Posted by Natalie Imbruglia on Friday, 10 February 2017

The ’90s pop star was being pressured by the BDS movement in Australia to cancel what it said was her first performance in Israel.

The singer was supposed to perform in Tel Aviv in August 2016, but that show was also canceled for logistical reasons, said Cohen.

“She is busy, really busy,” he said.

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