Without Palestinian Gig, Lauryn Hill Cancels on Israel
Singer didn't want to alienate fans
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 5, 2015 11:08 AM CDT
Singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill is shown in this photo.   (Barry Brecheisen)

(Newser) – Lauryn Hill is canceling a planned performance in Tel Aviv because she wasn't able to also schedule a concert in the nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah. The singer-songwriter said in a statement yesterday that she originally intended to perform in both cities in hopes of being "a presence supporting justice and peace," but setting up a show in the Palestinian territories "proved to be a challenge." Not wanting to alienate fans, Hill canceled her concert in Israel that was to take place later this week. She says she's seeking a different approach to bring her music to fans in the region and is hoping for "the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation."