Lauryn Hill Cancels Concert In Israel To Avoid Tension

May 5, 2015  |  

Lauryn Hill recently took to Facebook to inform fans in Israel that she will be canceling an upcoming concert just three days before the scheduled performance. Judging by her statement, the 39-year-old experienced a scheduling “challenge” when trying to set up shows in Tel Aviv and Ramallah. She explained that she desired to appear in both Palestinian and Isreali territory, but those plans did not work out. In her attempt to avoid sending the wrong political message, Hill decided to cancel the entire trip.

According to The Guardian, Hill was targeted by a social media campaign launched by activists who pressured her to cancel the concert and boycott Israel “over its occupation of Palestinian land.”

Her statement reads:

Dear Friends and Fans in Israel,

When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge. I’ve wanted very much to bring our live performance to this part of the world, but also to be a presence supporting justice and peace.

It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans. For this reason, we have decided to cancel the upcoming performance in Israel, and seek a different strategy to bring my music to ALL of my fans in the region. May healing, equanimity, and the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation come to this region and its people.

Ms. Lauryn Hill

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