Demi Lovato didn’t realize that a sponsored trip to Israel would cause backlash because of a long-time conflict between Israel and Palestine.
The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer apologized for hurting fans who were offended by her comments admiring the country for its spiritual significance in her life. Lovato was baptized in the Jordan River on her trip, and visited some historic religious sites, a Holocaust museum, and a center for special needs children.
Many thought by accepting the free trip she was furthering Israeli propaganda that diminishes the political conflict and ongoing genocide that is happening there. In her apology, she admits that she was ignorant of any issues, but that wasn't enough for some fans and fellow musicians who called her out for not acknowledging her privilege.
Lovato is a strong activist in the body-positivity movement and has spoken out about other issues, like bullying in the past, which is what makes this omission so hurtful to her loyal fans. Many have canceled their stan, and were giving her hate in the comments, so she turned them off.
For a brief summary of the conflict, Vox Media made a video that sums it up.
The Palestine-Israel conflict has dated back about 100 years, and started over religion and land ownership. Over the course of the past century, it has grown more and more violent, with the persecution of the Palestinians at an all-time high. Ultimately, things are tumultuous, dangerous, and complicated.