Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp not going to Israel

Monday, 17 January 2011

The pop-singer partner of Hollywood star Johnny Depp has cancelled a performance in Israel after she was targeted by pro-Palestinian campaigners calling on her to boycott.

French star Vanessa Paradis, who shot to fame as a 14-year-old with the hit “Joe Le Taxi,” was set to sing at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Centre next month and meet President Shimon Peres while in the country.

However Ms Paradis has now said that she cannot play the February 10 show because of a commitment in Los Angeles on the same date relating to her film career.

Her decision also means that Mr Depp and their two children will not visit Israel.

he concert was part of a wider tour but is the only date to have been cancelled, leading to speculation that political pressure influenced her decision.

After the event was announced the Boycott Israel campaign wrote to Ms Paradis demanding that she cancelled, and suggesting Mr Peres was guilty of war-crimes.

The same group has launched a campaign to discourage American singer Macy Gray appearing in Israel on February 11 and 12.

Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp not going to Israel