His campaign forced Sinead O'Connor to scrap a 1997 Jerusalem concert. Now he is a Cabinet minister


JERUSALEM (AP) — Death threats forced Irish pop singer Sinead O'Connor to call off a peace concert in Jerusalem in the summer of 1997. At the time, a young man named Itamar Ben-Gvir took credit for the campaign against her.

Today, he is Israel's national security minister.

The transformation of Ben-Gvir from a fringe Israeli extremist trying to take down O'Connor's coexistence-themed concert to a powerful minster overseeing the Israeli police force reflects the dramatic rise of Israel's far-right.

O'Connor, a spirited singer and frequent source of controversy who rocketed to fame in 1990,...

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