Nearly two decades after making headlines by attacking a photographer in Israel, Irish Grammy winner and pope photograph-destroyer Sinead O’Connor will play one show in Israel in August, Channel 10 reported.
The show’s date, however, does not yet appear on the singer’s website.
O’Connor, 48, who is known as much for her provocative stunts as for her music, last played in the country in 1995, but her well-received concert was overshadowed by a physical altercation with Israeli paparazzi in Jerusalem’s Old City.
In 1997, the Irish performer announced plans to hold another concert in Jerusalem entitled, “Two Capitals, Two States,” but decided to cancel the show after receiving death threats from extremist Israelis.
Far-right activist Itamar Ben-Gvir claimed credit for forcing the cancellation, but not for the threats themselves. O’Connor responded to Ben-Gvir in a letter.
“As I child I remember watching television in Ireland on Christmas Eve,” she wrote. “I saw Israeli and Palestinian men beating each other in the streets of the very birthplace of their faiths. I felt saddened and frightened. I asked God then, ‘How can there be peace anywhere on earth if there is not peace in Jerusalem?’ I ask you that question now Mr. Ben Gvir.”
“God does not reward those who bring terror to the children of the world. So you have succeeded in nothing but your soul’s failure.”
O’Connor, who was raised Catholic, has shown interest in Israel and Jews in the past. In her letter, she said she has “always had the most passionate love for the Jewish people.” Her first album in 1987 featured a track called “Jerusalem.” O’Connor also wore a Star of David necklace during several of her performances.