Beyonce
Beyonce Reuters

In recent days it has been revealed that two top American pop icons, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez, are to perform in Israel this coming summer - in response anti-Israel activists have launched predictable efforts to try and shame the two into boycotting the Jewish state.

For both singers it will be their first time performing in Israel.

Just this Thursday it was revealed that Beyonce is to hold two performances at Tel Aviv's Park Hayarkon in early August, as part of a world tour promoting a new album. She has yet to officially announce the performance, and it appears the performance deal is currently being sealed.

It was also reported in early January that Lopez is likewise to perform at Park Hayarkon in early summer, marking her first performance in Israel.

But Israel haters lost no time in taking to social media and stirring up a ruckus to try and force the two pop stars into discriminating against the Jewish state.

The same Thursday that initial speculation was confirmed in Israeli media indicating that Beyonce is set to perform in Tel Aviv, at least two online petitions had already surfaced demanding that she boycott Israel.

"There have been several news stories indicating that Beyonce's management is in final negotiations for a concert in Tel Aviv," Evan Greer, the anti-Israel activist behind the "Tell Beyonce not to play apartheid Israel!" petition, told Al Jazeera.

He demanded that her management "publicly clarify that she will not be performing in Tel Aviv, and issue a statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people."

Lopez was also singled out, with documentary filmmaker Ronan Tynan saying he was "shocked" that she "could let herself down so badly backing Israel's brutal apartheid occupation (by) playing Tel Aviv."

Beyonce was reported to be set to perform in Israel in 2014, but despite the hype and anticipation fans were let down when the reports were later denied and the performance did not materialize. It remains to be seen if the singer will ignore the anti-Israel backlash and make her first appearance this year.