(photo credit: REUTERS)
Colombian-born pop star Shakira will speak at the three-day Israeli Presidential
Conference, beginning on June 21.
Shakira, currently the goodwill
ambassador of the UNICEF, will open the conference on Tuesday evening – with the
theme “Looking towards tomorrow” – and speak about the importance of education
for all children as a path to peace, as well as her philanthropic work across
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Shakira founded the Barefoot Organization (Pies Descalzados,
named after her first major album) to increase educational opportunities for
children in Colombia and around the world.
The conference, which brings
together 3,500 leaders in the Jewish world, also features big names such as
American comedian Sarah Silverman, whose sister is a rabbi in Israel, and
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
It will be the first visit to Israel for
Shakira, whose father is Lebanese. There were rumors in March that Shakira would
perform in Israel sometime in the spring during her European tour, though those
rumors were never realized.