<– Alanis Morissette visits the the Western Wall after landing in Israel on Saturday. The Canadian singer played a sold-out show in Tel Aviv Monday evening.
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette has held fast to her plans to close out her 2012 tour in Tel Aviv, despite social media threats demanding that she boycott Israel.
On Monday, the 38-year-old singer faced a sold-out crowd at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena, some of whom were brandishing Canadian flags, according to a Tweet by Jerusalem Post video reporter Hadas Parush.
“Alanis Morissette is enacting a spectacular #BDSfail this very moment,” wrote Avi Mayer, head of social media with the Jewish Agency for Israel, just as Ms. Morrissette took the stage. The note was a reference to BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), a campaign to impose sanctions against Israel.
Attempts to get Ms. Morissette to cancel her trip included a Nov. 25 statement by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel “We hope that a personal appeal from us, a campaign that enjoys overwhelming consensus amongst Palestinian civil society, will convince you to cancel this show.”
Over the weekend, scattered messages targeting Ms. Morrissette on Twitter urged her not to cross the “Palestinian picket line” and not to “endorse Apartheid.”
Ms. Morissette’s performance comes only days after the negotiated end of clashes between Gazan militants and Israeli forces that killed six Israelis and more than 100 Palestinians. The eight-day conflict marked the first time Tel Aviv was targeted by rocket fire since the 1991 Gulf War.
Raised in Ottawa as a Catholic, Ms. Morrissette now lives in Los Angeles and has been on the road since June to promote her new album Havoc and Bright Lights. She last played Israel in 2000.
“I had a great time in Israel professionally, spiritually and emotionally,” Ms. Morrissette said in a September media statement announcing the concert.