Paparazzi "Frustrating" Bieber While in Israel

Bieber forced to stay in hotel room due to aggressive paparazzi.

Published: April 13th 2011
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Justin Bieber mobbed by fans in Israel

So far, Justin Bieber’s visit to Israel isn’t what the Canadian superstar had hoped it would be.


According to the teen heart-throb’s Twitter posts, his visits to various holy sites have left him “super frustrated” by intrusive members of the paparazzi.


Bieber’s mood was made worse by a report in Ha’aretz, claiming that a planned meeting with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu fell through after the singer allegedly refused to meet with invited children whose lives had been adversely affected by enemy rockets.


“The prime minister was approached to meet with Justin Bieber,” said a more circumspect Israeli government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “The prime minister was open to the idea and wanted to bring children from southern Israel in order for them to have an enjoyable experience. In the end, it was unfortunately not possible.”


Bieber said on Twitter, “I want to see this country and all the places I’ve dreamed of and whether it’s the paps (paparazzi) or being pulled into politics it’s been frustrating.”


The 17-year-old Bieber, practicing Christian, was also scheduled to tour the Dead Sea, Masada and Caesarea.


Bieber said aggressive, intrusive photographers had forced him to spend the rest of his trip in his hotel room.


“You would think paparazzi would have some respect in holy places,” wrote Bieber. “All I wanted was the chance to walk where Jesus did here in Israel.”


“They should be ashamed of themselves. Take pictures of me eating but not in a place of prayer, ridiculous ... People wait their whole lives for opportunities like this, why would they want to take that experience away from someone ... Staying in the hotel for the rest of the week u happy?”

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