Lauryn Hill cancels Israel concert, citing inablity to perform in Ramallah as well

U.S. singer Lauryn Hill has announced the cancellation of an upcoming concert in Israel, citing her failure to organize a parallel performance in the Palestinian city of Ramallah. 

In a message posted on her website and Facebook page, the American R&B and hip hop singer said that, since her intention was to play to both Israeli and Palestinian audiences during her visit to the region, she did not want her appearance only before Israelis to be miscontrued or act as a "source of alienation" to her fans. 

Hill was scheduled to perform at Rishon Lezion’s Live Park amphitheater on Thursday, March 7.

"When deciding to play [in] 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," wrote Hill. "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." 


Dear Friends and Fans in Israel,When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and…

Posted by Ms. Lauryn Hill on Monday, 4 May 2015


Hill did not refer specifically to the BDS campaign waged against her scheduled performance in Israel. 


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