Backstreet Boys, Neil Young, Paul Anka and the band America have cancelled and postponed concerts, citing security problems and not politics.

Backstreet Boys' three sold-out shows in Tel Aviv were to be the band's first appearances in the country. However, the globe-trotting boyband plan to reschedule the performances in March and April 2015.

72-year old Anka was due to perform in Tel Aviv on July 24 and 26. The concerts were postponed because of "the current situation in the Middle East", his spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter. "Once the local situation is resolved, he will be there with the latest version of his fantastic performance."

In addition to America's cancelled concert on August 7, and the Neil Young and Crazy Horse cancellation, announced last Monday, organisers of Jerusalem's Season of Culture have revealed that they are postponing the city's summer-long festival.

Megadeth, Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga are among the musical artists scheduled to play in Israel over the next two months.

Massive Attack performed their rendition of Safe From Harm at the Longitude festival in Marlay Park last night in front of video screens featuring recent scenes from Gaza.