The former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill has announced the cancellation of an upcoming concert in Israel because of the failure to organize a concert in the Palestinian city of Ramallah.
She had been scheduled to perform on May 7 near Tel Aviv however, she made an announcement on her website saying that her intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah but setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge.
Hill added “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”
She also said she would seek a different strategy to bring her music to ALL of her fans in the region.
Palestinian activists pressured Hill to cancel her concert. They covered one of her songs with a campaign song that changed the lyrics to “Killing me softly with your bombs” from “Killing Me Softly”, a song she is famous for, that describes Israeli policies.
This is not the first time Israel has been boycotted. Israel's policies has been widely criticised by musicians before including Roger Waters and Brian Eno.