Lauryn Hill Has Cancelled A Forthcoming Show In Israel
In an effort to keep her message and music from being the subject of partisan fodder, Lauryn Hill has preemptively cancelled her forthcoming show in Israel. As she explains in the statement below, the initial intention was to bring her live show to both Tel Aviv and Ramallah in Palestine as a gesture of solidarity with those oppressed in both nations, which proved to be an issue in the case of the latter. And so, perhaps until there is finally some measure of peace in the region, Hill has decided to abstain from performing in The Promised Land until further notice. Read her statement below and stay tuned for more on the matter in the months to come.
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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