Elton John has performed a triumphantly successful concert to nearly 50,000 cheering fans in Ramat Gan, telling Israelis: “Nobody gonna stop me from playing here, baby”.
The country’s music fans have suffered several high profile cancellations, including bands such as the Pixies, Carlos Santana, Gorillaz, the Klaxons and, most recently, Elvis Costello.
Many of the acts cancelling their performances said they had been targeted by pro-Palestinian groups.
But Sir Elton John, who has played in Israel twice previously, told the audience: “We do not cherry-pick our consciences.”
A Lebanese concert organiser has called boycotts against musicians that have performed in Israel “ridiculous”.
Entertainment tycoon Jihad al-Murr spoke in the wake of demands by Lebanese protesters that the British rock band Placebo should pull out of an upcoming Beirut concert after also playing in Tel Aviv.
Campaigners had said the group was unwelcome in Lebanon after launching Israel Pic.Nic festival, but Mr al-Murr said it would be foolish to “boycott every minister, official or artist that has ever visited Israel”.
A Jewish actress has triumphed at the Bafta awards.
Rebecca Front won Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her role in political satire "The Thick of It".
In the programme, which also won two other awards, she plays ambitious but inept government minister Nicola Murray.
She received cheers and applause when she confided that her parents still helped her learn her lines for the notoriously foul-mouthed comedy - particularly that her mother took the part of Malcolm Tucker, whose language is almost entirely blue.
Lulu has revealed how she acquired a love of gefilte fish.
The British pop icon addressed a UJIA women's brunch at London's Saatchi Gallery which raised £100,000 for projects for young people in the UK and northern Israel.
Speaking to the JC, the Scottish singer recalled that she was just 15 when her single Shout rocketed up the charts in 1964. Her Jewish manager Marion Massey was anxious to find a protective living environment for her in London and so she ended up staying with Ms Massey's mother in St John's Wood until her marriage to Bee Gee Maurice Gibb.