Jackson Richman

Going Gaga For Israel

On September 13, superstar singer Lady Gaga performed a sold-out concert at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv. Not everyone may be a fan of her, but there is a vital reason to care. She defied the bigotry against Israel. That is a call for an “Applause” (one of her recent songs).

In a video released On September 3, the singer said, “Shalom” and expressed her excitement to perform her tour in Israel. Singers such as Lana Del Ray and the Backstreet Boys cancelled performing in Israel this past summer due to the conflict in Gaza. In releasing the video, the singer showed no “Poker Face,” which is a welcoming testament of assurance.

Lady Gaga is an example of a superstar singer who may not be liked, whether it is her music or personality as a celebrity, such as the strange ways she dresses. However, the bigger picture must be acknowledged: Such a visit helps the cause against anti-Israel propaganda such as the infamous movement of Boycott Divest and Sanction (BDS), which seeks to destroy the Jewish State. Visiting expresses support for the only democracy in the Middle East. It is also an expression of values Israel embraces: One of Lady Gaga’s songs, “Born This Way” is about embracing all people regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

It does not matter who is the celebrity visiting Israel. Rather, what matters is the celebrity performing and giving back to the Israeli economy. At the same time, visiting promotes others it is safe to visit.

Let us “Just Dance” to that sentiment.

About the Author
Jackson Richman is a student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Former fellow at The Weekly Standard. Once shadowed at the Jerusalem Post.
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