JERUSALEM – U.S. singer Lauryn Hill canceled her concert in Israel scheduled for Thursday following calls to boycott the performance by pro-Palestinian human rights groups, local media reported on Tuesday.
Event organizers told Yediot Aharonot newspaper that the concert was to be held in the city of Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv, but they sensed that something was wrong when the singer’s representatives did not reply to their emails and phone calls.
The official notification came on Monday in a Facebook post, in which Hill said that her intention was to do concerts in Tel Aviv and Ramallah “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,” the U.S. singer conveyed in the Facebook post.
“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,” she added.
Like other singers and authors working in Israel, Hill received numerous requests in recent months from pro-Palestinian groups to be added to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, campaign of cultural and academic boycott against Israel to oppose the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.
Palestinian rights activists celebrate Lauryn Hill’s announcement, the BDS movement said.
Unlike Hill, last week British singer Robbie Williams rejected requests by BDS, as well as Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, to suspend their concerts in Tel Aviv, despite being reminded of the death of hundreds of children in the war on Gaza last summer.