JERUSALEM (AP) _ Spice Girl Melanie C says violence in the Middle East didn't scare her away from playing a concert in Israel.

``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.