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Barbra Streisand Set To Perform in Israel

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Barbra Streisand will be the recipient of an honorary PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during her visit to Israel next month.

According to Billboard, the university announced on Monday that Streisand would receive the degree for her “concern for human rights and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people.”

The Brooklyn-born singer and actress is expected to perform during a June conference celebrating the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Streisand will also hold two concerts in Israel on June 20 and 22 at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Those performances will be Streisand’s first in Israel.

Numerous other artists have also made the trip to Israel, including Bob Dylan in June 2011 (his first appearance in Israel in 20 years) and Paul McCartney in September 2008. Billy Joel made Israel a destination for three concerts during his Glass Houses tour in 1980, playing one show in Jerusalem and two in Tel Aviv. Madonna performed in Tel Aviv in May of 2012 with a message of promoting peace.

Possibly the most outspoken artist to boycott performances in Israel comes from Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, whose 2006 visit to the West Bank turned him into a huge supporter of the cultural boycott of Israel. Waters even took credit for Stevie Wonder‘s cancellation of an appearance in Israel. 

In the last month though, Waters has talked of reconsidering his position on Israel after fellow members of the music industry spoke out about his views.

-E.J. Judge/WCBS-FM

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