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BDS: Lauryn Hill cancels Israel show

By Editor - May 05, 2015
Section: [Main News] [BDS]
Tags: [BDS]

American R&B and hip hop star Lauryn Hill on Monday canceled an upcoming concert in Israel, saying she had been unsuccessful in her attempts to schedule a similar show in the occupied Palestinian territories. 

Hill, a former singer in the hip hop group the Fugees, had been scheduled to perform Thursday near Tel Aviv, but was confronted by a storm of activists on social media who urged her to boycott Israel over its ongoing military occupation of Palestinian land. 

In a statement put up on Hill’s website soon after the cancelation, the singer said she had wanted to schedule a second show in Ramallah but that the logistics “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,” Hill wrote. 

“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,” she said.

She said she would “seek a different strategy to bring my music to ALL of my fans in the region.”

Activists who pressured Hill to cancel her performance used a campaign that quoted “Killing Me Softly,” a song she is well-known for covering, to describe Israeli policies toward Palestinians. 

Israeli has faced boycott calls by academics, artists and musicians—including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters—who hope that pressure through cultural exclusion can help to change Israel’s politics when it comes to the Palestinians. 

Activists who helped bring about Hill’s cancelation are associated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, whose aim is to use such initiatives against Isarel, similar to those applied to South Africa during the apartheid era, until Israel agrees to meet its obligations under international law by respecting the basic right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.  


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