JERUSALEM (RNS) — Former Disney star Demi Lovato’s trip to Israel in late September, which included a baptism in the waters of the Jordan River, ended with a baptism by fire, as the 27-year-old American singer admitted to publicizing a paid tour of the Holy Land, which angered critics of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

But in the same Instagram posts of her baptism and photo-ops at a center for disabled children and Israel’s Holocaust memorial — all reportedly sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and private donations — Lovato mentioned her recent exploration of her Jewish heritage.

Raised a Christian, Lovato said in a 2018 video that she had been exploring her varied ancestry, and, while in Israel, she and her mother met with

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