Bar Refaeli Cancels Istanbul Show Following anti-Israel Campaign
The organizer of an Istanbul fashion show that was supposed to feature Israeli top model Bar Refaeli denied reports that she cancelled her participation due to safety concerns.
The cancellation of Refaeli’s participation at the Laleli Fashion Shopping Festival, which is due to open on Aug. 24, was announced Wednesday, and attributed to health reasons. But the Israeli news site nrg.co.il, citing acrimonious rhetoric against the invitation, reported that organizers beefed up security amid the controversy over Refaeli’s planned attendance.
“There is no safety issue that I know of,” Giyasettin Eyyupko, the president of the organization behind the festival, LASIAD, was quoted on Thursday by the news site aktifmedya.com as saying during a news conference. He said Refaeli would attend a different event at a later date. “Naturally, there are legal steps that can be taken, but we decided not to because the reason for her failure to attend is understandable, that is all I can say,” Eyyupko reportedly said.
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