Demi Lovato admitted she was given a trip to Israel in exchange for positive posts about the country. Who paid for it?

From time to time, the Palestine Center distributes articles it believes will enhance understanding of the Palestinian political reality. The following article was published by Michael Arria in Mondoweiss on October 7, 2019

 

Last week Demi Lovato made a series of social media posts from Israel, celebrating her experiences there. After a number of people left comments criticizing the singer for legitimizing an apartheid state, Lovato shared a (quickly deleted) apology in which she admitted that she had accepted ‘a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts.’

A week later, we’re still not sure exactly who Lovato was referring to. Ynet’s originally reported that she was paid $150,000 to attend the trip, with a third of it covered by the Israeli government. That piece was later edited to reflect the fact that Lovato didn’t actually receive any money for visiting, but that the trip cost $150,000 overall. Jerusalem Affairs Ministry spokesman Moish Yaul says that the state contributed about $57,000 towards the trip and the rest was provided by private donors.

 

 

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