“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
In spite of pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement not to perform in Israel, over 50,000 fans of pop singer Rihanna enjoyed her music in an open-air concert at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.
Seats went for $100 apiece and up when she appeared as a part of her “Diamonds” world tour.
The BDS movement regularly pressures artists, universities, companies, and organizations of all types to put economic pressure on Israel with regard to the Palestinian question. Although many artists refuse to appear in Israel because of such pressures, many others do, and Rihanna is one of them.
Rihanna joins leading artists, such as Madonna, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga, all of whom have also resisted BDS threats to perform in Israel.
Among those who have given in to online BDS campaigns through social media and threats of poor ticket sales at other locales are the Pixies, Jon Bon Jovi and Elvis Costello.