French Singer Paradis Cancels Israel Performance


JERUSALEM (JTA) — French singer Vanessa Paradis cancelled a performance in Tel Aviv.

According to Paradis’ management, she has to be in the United States on the day of the Feb. 10 show at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center for what the Jerusalem Post described as a "an important event regarding her film career." The cancellation was announced first in the French media.

Since the artist has been under heavy pressure from pro-Palestinian groups to cancel her appearance in Israel, some speculate that she may have cancelled the appearance for political reasons.

Paradis and her longtime boyfriend Johnny Depp and their two children were expected to be accompanied by an entourage of American and French celebrities from the music and film industries for a visit to Israel in conjunction with the Tel Aviv performance.