Killing Me Softly With Your Bombs: Heeding Activists, Lauryn Hill Cancels Tel Aviv Concert

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In a victory for those urging a boycott against "a state that uses (art) to whitewash its crimes against Palestinians,” Lauryn Hill has cancelled her upcoming concert in Tel Aviv following a social media campaign by Palestinians and activists calling it "a moral duty...to boycott Israel's Sun City." Hill had reportedly planned to couple the Israeli performance with one in the West Bank, but ran into problems planning it. She announced the decision to cancel on Facebook, explaining, “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....May healing, equanimity, and the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation come to this region and its people.”

The move followed an international campaign that included direct appeals from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and other activist groups, and #KillingMeSoftly campaign, and a petition. Her decision was inevitably blasted by some Zionists for "bow(ing) to terrorist-loving radicals," but praised by many others. From Sasha Gelzin of UCACBI, "It's incredible to see Ms. Hill respond so positively to our grassroots campaign. Many engaged with social justice movements in the United States adore her music, since she speaks powerfully to oppression and injustice...When connections are being made by people in the streets between struggles here and in Palestine...we are so grateful that Ms. Hill is making those connections too.”

 

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