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Lauryn Hill Cancels Israel Concert, Citing 'Challenge' in the Region

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Blah: Looks like there’s trouble in scheduling paradise for members of Lauryn Hill’s team, who decided to cancel her concert in Israel, citing a “challenge” in performing in the region.

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Hill provided the following statement on her Facebook page:

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.

Respectfully,

Ms. Lauryn Hill

She also recently canceled an appearance in Lagos, Nigeria—reportedly, the case of a promoter not following through with transportation for her team as part of their agreement.

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Here’s wishing Ms. Hill and her crew safe travels, and better luck facilitating events and reaching the many fans who eagerly await their performance as they continue on with their tour.

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Rochelle92
Rochelle92

Umm excuse me but Lauryn Hill cancelled her concert because many people apart of the BDS movement, myself included, pleaded with her to send a strong message against racism, oppression and murder. The BDS movement seeks to put pressure on the Israeli government to stop illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the brutalities associated with that occupation which Palestinians must endure on a daily basis. She is standing up for human rights