TEL AVIV (CelebrityAccess) — Lauryn Hill has announced that shes canceling a planned concert in Tel Aviv after she wasn't able to schedule a similar show in the nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah.
"When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, 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. 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. May healing, equanimity, and the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation come to this region and its people," Hill wrote in a statement posted on her Facebook page.
The announcement of the canceled show comes on the heels of another canceled performance in Nigeria. Hill canceled the show, claiming that the promoter was unable to complete travel arrangements in time to get Hill to the concert, but said she was working to reschedule the date.
"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. We were all very excited to come, and very disappointed that we couldn't make this one," Hill wrote. – Staff Writers