In Israel for Tel Aviv Pride, rapper Iggy Azalea asks: ‘BDS? What is this?’

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea performed at Tel Aviv Pride Stage of Love Festival at Park Hairkon on Friday afternoon, on its first trip to Israel.

The artist, who rose to global prominence after the 2014 release of the hit single “Fancy”, moved to the United States from Australia in her teenage years to pursue a music career. She released her third album, The End of an Era, in August 2021, which she said was her last album before the music industry came to a halt.

Rapyd, a UK-based fintech company with an office in Israel, sponsored her arrival and concert, along with DJ David Morales and Berlin DJ Boris Berghain.

The concert is Azalea’s first visit to Israel, which she noted was “surprised” when she was asked to sing.

“BDS? What’s that?” When asked about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement that puts pressure on performers not to perform in Israel, she responded in an interview with Channel 12.

“Because I don’t know much, I’m happy to come and see things for myself,” she added.

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Azalea noted that she didn’t have much international experience. About a concert in Turkey, she said, “I was really nervous because no one knew the lyrics to my songs. In the end, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever given in my life and everyone knew the lyrics. I love the culture of Turkey…and I hope my experience in Israel is good or Even better.”

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Protesters at the annual Tel Aviv Pride Parade, June 10, 2022 (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

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