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Lady Gaga pre-concert ‘Shalom’ video irks some Arab fans

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Lady Gaga in concert earlier this year.

JERUSALEM — Lady Gaga apparently riled some Arab fans with a short video in advance of her Tel Aviv performance featuring a “Shalom” greeting.

“Shalom, Israel,” the American pop star says in the 10-second video . “I’m so excited to perform my new tour in Tel Aviv.”

The performer’s manager announced Aug. 31 that the Sept. 13 concert in Yarkon Park – part of her “artRave: The ARTPOP Ball” international tour  – would go on as planned, despite cancellations by other high-profile performers due to the Gaza conflict and its aftermath.

Responding on social media platforms to the video, which reportedly has gone viral, some Arab fans  called Lady Gaga “disgusting,” “devilish” and insensitive, Al Arabiya News reported.

Tens of thousands of Israeli fans are expected to attend the concert, which is listed  on the performer’s official website. Tickets remain on sale.

Neil Young, The Backstreet Boys, America and Lana Del Rey are among the stars who cancelled performances this summer due to Israel’s conflict with Gaza.

Lady Gaga performed in Tel Aviv in August 2009, despite of attempts by the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement to have her cancel.

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