Lauryn Hill Cancels Performance in Israel Following Public Backlash
Lauryn Hill has missed yet another show. Hill decided to cancel her performance in Israel following public backlash from protest groups. The "Ready Or Not" singer released a statement via her website, mslaurynhill.com, earlier this week explaining her decision to forgo her appearance.
"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," she wrote in part. "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."
Hill was scheduled to perform on Thursday (May 7) near Tel Aviv. She faced backlash from organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace who launched a campaign urging the former Fugees singer not to play in a country where Palestinians have lived as refugees or under military occupation for almost 50 years.
Hill recently missed a performance in Lagos, Nigeria, blaming the promoter for mishandling travel arrangements.
Hello Lagos, Nigeria! We are disappointed to report that we will not be performing at tonight's concert. From our end, we did everything we were supposed to do, including waiting at the airport for many hours, ready to fly out and share the evening with you. Unfortunately, after much effort, the promoter was not able to get all of our travel arrangements taken care of. This prevented us from being able to fly into Nigeria in time to make the concert.
No word on when that concert will be rescheduled.
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