(CelebrityAccess) – Acclaimed Brazilian singer-songwriter, Gilberto Gil, announced earlier this week that he will be canceling an upcoming show in Israel due to apprehensions over current tensions in the region.
The performance was scheduled to take place July 4 in Ra’anana, which is home to the largest concentration of Brazilian immigrants in Israel.
The statement read:
“We are very sorry but after careful consideration with our artists and band we will not be able to perform in Israel this year. The general sentiment of all is one of apprehension as Israel is going through this sensitive moment.
“We expect your understanding as this matter is also delicate for us. We love Israel and have always felt warmly welcomed. There will surely be other opportunities and we will be hoping for better times.”
In the seven weeks since the riots first broke out along Israel’s border with Gaza, more than 100 people have been killed while thousands more Palestinians have been wounded.
Gil last performed in Israel in 2015.