The former Fugee announced the show’s cancellation in a message to her fans via her Facebook page.
Singer Lauryn Hill has cancelled an upcoming performance in Israel, after she was unable to book a concert in the Palestinian territories as well. Hill was scheduled to perform on May 7th near Tel Aviv, but had faced an online campaign by activists who had called for her boycott of Israel.
Lauryn Hill has cancelled her upcoming show in Israel.
‘When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah,’ Lauryn told fans via Facebook. ‘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’, the singer continued. ‘May healing, equanimity, and the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation come to this region and its people.’
Activists had been pressuring Hill to cancel the gig, with a video campaign using the song ‘Killing Me Softly’, which the singer famously covered with her group The Fugees.
Last week Hill missed a scheduled concert in Lagos, Nigeria, citing travel issues. The singer later apologised to her Nigerian fans via Facebook, by way of a video featuring Hill and her band performing an acoustic cover of her 1998 hit ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’.