Madonna Cancels Gigs Over Death Threats
Pop queen Madonna has dropped out of three gigs in Israel after Palestinian terrorists threatened to kill her and her two young children.
The Sun says the threats against herself and her two children, seven-year-old Lourdes and three-year-old Rocco, came in a series of letters.
The newspaper says the singer "freaked out" when she learned of the threats.
It quoted a source as saying Madonna was targeted because she was a symbol of the West and not because she practises the Jewish faith Kabbalah.
"At first, she was prepared to go on stage anyway and hire extra security," the source said.
"But she was not ready to take chances with her kids, they are her whole world."
The newspaper said the letters were sent to Madonna's Los Angeles office.
Madonna was due to perform three gigs in September in Tel Aviv, including a televised concert on September 11 to mark the third anniversary of al-Qaida's attacks on America.
However, her representatives have insisted the dates have been cancelled because the singer wants to concentrate on Europe.