Lauryn Hill pressured to cancel Israel show
Pro-Palestinian activists post video edited to the sounds of the American R&B and hip hop singer’s performance of ‘Killing me Softly,’ showing her alongside IDF soldiers in the territories.
Only three days before Lauryn Hill’s concert in Israel, the American R&B, soul and hip hop singer-songwriter is under heavy pressure to cancel the show.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement has been urging Hill to boycott Israel for the past month. Last week, pro-Palestinian activists posted a video edited to the sounds Hill’s performance of “Killing me Softly” as part of her former band The Fugees, which shows her alongside IDF soldiers in the territories and compares Israel to an apartheid state.
“The presence of artists is routinely used by Israel to legitimize its policies and maintain its reputation as a normal member of the international community,” the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation said in an action alert calling on people to press Hill to help the Palestinians by calling off her concert in Israel.
The campaign, which includes an online petition Twitter activity under the hashtag #KillingMeSoftly, says that “performing in Israel today is the equivalent of performing in Sun City, South Africa during the apartheid era.”
Sources involved in the production of Hill’s Israel concert say that while the singer’s representatives have yet to officially announce their plan to cancel the show, they appear to be seriously considering it.
The show’s producers in Israel said in a statement that they have received messages in recent days that Hill is interested in calling off her performance, and are making intensive efforts to ensure that the concert will be held as planned on May 7 at Rishon Lezion’s new Live Park amphitheater.
In recent years, international musicians have been under a lot of pressure by pro-Palestinian organizations and artists such as former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters to avoid performing in Israel in protest of its activity in Gaza.
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