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Melanie C Not Afraid in Mideast

February 21, 2001

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Spice Girl Melanie C explained why the specter of Mideast violence did not scare her away from bringing her music to the Holy Land.

``I am not at all afraid to be here,″ Melanie Chisolm, who also goes by the name Sporty Spice, told a packed hall in Tel Aviv on Monday. ``I have seen reports of what is going on in this country. I have fans here, and if they are living here and are OK, then I’m OK, too.″

Most of the Israeli-Palestinian fighting has been in Palestinian territories, though there have been several bomb attacks in Israel. Daily television footage, photographs and newspaper stories about the unrest have frightened most tourists away.

Melanie C told reporters she is currently focusing on her solo career, but she will always be a Spice Girl.

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