Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked posted a statement on her Facebook page this morning (Thursday), with complementary words for famous singer Gali Atari on the latter's decision not to cancel her performance at the "Meholelot Bacramim" festival scheduled to take place in a few weeks at the site of the Biblical city of Shiloh, in Samaria.
Media reports last night and this morning indicated that Atari's scheduled performance had elicited protests from far-left activists, who demanded that she cancel the performance.
"Gali Atari, kudos for your important statement," wrote Minster Shaked this morning, "art must bring people together, without regard to political positions.
" 'Enlightened' left wing elements show no scruples in repeatedly attempting to boycott a population of 400,000 people [resident in Judea and Samaria]. It's good that more and more artists are coming to understand that this is a bad path to take," Shaked added.
Atari herself told media in response to the reported protests against her performance that "music is a language that is meant to build bridges between people and emphasize the beautiful things they have in common. Divisiveness, arguments, and political differences we have enough of, from every direction. Let musicians do what they do best, move people."
It should be noted that the actual protest against Atari's performing at the festival was consisted of a limited number of posts on her official Facebook page. An online petition protesting her performance hasn't gained any traction, with only 90 signatures, several of which have been exposed as fake.