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Justin Bieber’s First Trip to Israel Sounds Like ‘Apocalypse Now’


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You'd think an article that bears the postscript correction, "An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to a violent incident during which a 16-year-old Israeli boy was wounded. Hamas militants fired from Gaza on a school bus that was in Israel. The bus was not in Gaza" was about the ongoing strife in the Middle East. It's not. It's about Justin Bieber. The teen sensation arrived in Israel this week, and like most places the Bieb visits, tiny little chaos broke out among tween girl fanatics. Only this time it was against the backdrop of bigger, more violent chaos.

The first of Bieber's Israel problems was that he wanted his first visit to the Holy Land to be somewhat of a religious experience. That didn't happen, as paparazzi followed his every move. "i want to see this country and all the places ive dreamed of and whether its the paps or being pulled into politics its been frustrating," Bieber complained on Twitter. "They should be ashamed of themselves. Take pictures of me eating but not in a place of prayer, ridiculous."

The second, more controversial problem came when a planned meeting between Bieber and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was canceled for conflicting reasons. A spokesperson for Netanyahu suggested Bieber's team nixed the plans after the Prime Minister suggested inviting children from the embattled Gaza region to also meet Bieber, which would have some political undertones. Bieber's reps say the Netanyahu meeting was canceled over logistical reasons and that the plans were never firmly in place.

Luckily for Israel, there's only two more days of Biebermania left before normalcy returns. Justin plays Tel Aviv tomorrow night.

[Photo: Dominique Charriau/]

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