Shakira and Peres last week
Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

Egypt to boycott Shakira over Israel?

Facebook groups call for cancellation of Colombian singer's Cairo concert in November following her recent visit to Jewish state, want her banned from country

Will Shakira pay a price for attending Israeli Presidential Conference? Egyptian newspaper al-Dostor reported over the weekend that many Egyptians are furious over the popular Colombian singer's visit to Israel last week.


Several new Facebook groups are calling for the cancellation of Shakira's Cairo concert, scheduled for November 29, and would like to see the singer banned from Egypt completely.


The groups' creators are slamming the fact that Shakira, whose father is Lebanese, went back on her past condemnations of Israel and called for "a fresh start with the Israelis".


One of anti-Shakira Facebook groups


One of the groups, called "No to Shakira concert in Egypt after she went to Israel", includes a poll showing that most Egyptians believe the concert should be called off.


The concert's producer, Waleed Mansour, has been urged to cancel the performance. The groups are also calling on the Egyptian government to ban the singer from entering the country "completely".


Shakira's last concert in Egypt was about three years ago. She performed alongside famous Egyptian singer Amr Diab.


Producer urged not to let singer enter Egypt


Shakira, who has been involved in humanitarian activity since the age of 18, promoted her global education campaign with a stop at a joint Israeli-Arab school in Jerusalem on Tuesday.


Kicking off Israel's third annual President's Conference with a plea for children's education worldwide, the UN goodwill ambassador said the Holy Land was the "perfect place to talk about how urgent it is to invest in education."


"The most crucial decision we can make for a better tomorrow is how we educate our children," she said, speaking alongside her host, President Shimon Peres.


"How wonderful it would be if the world would act like a team. We have so many challenges ahead of us, so many problems to solve," she said. "This is the time to behave like a team, to wear the same T-shirts and to win the match of discrimination, to win the match of inequality and segregation."



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