Despite the official denial, until Sunday morning different ticket offices were still selling tickets online for two evenings starring PSY, on July 25 at Tel Aviv's Exhibition Grounds and two days later at the Camel Ranch in Eilat.
"There are false rumors of my appearance in Israel in July," PSY tweeted. "I will not be there, but look forward to seeing all my fans in Israel soon. Shalom."
The Hadran ticket office told Ynet on Sunday morning that it had sold some 300 tickets so far. Company manager Dudi Berkovich said the show's producers were insisting that it was still on, but following the reports Berkovich decided to freeze the sales.
He added that the customers' money had not been transferred to the producers, and that it would be returned to the buyers should the performance be officially canceled. The production company, headed by Yaakov Miamoni and Aryeh Zion, has yet to comment.
Several Israeli media outlets reported in recent weeks that PSY was headed to Israel, although his official websites made no mention of the fact and there were no official statements to the press on his behalf.
The company behind the Israel event is Best Productions, whose staff is French. A production representative told Ynet after reports began surfacing on PSY's arrival that it would be the company's first production in Israel and that so far it had only produced concerts in France, including by Israeli artists who performed in front of Jewish communities in the country.
Asked by Ynet why the company had not hired a PR agency to promote the show, the production representative said that the company assumed tickets would sell fast and had therefore decided not to cooperate with a PR agency.