Neil Young and Crazy Horse have canceled their upcoming concert in Tel Aviv over security concerns as the military situation in Israel escalates. The single show scheduled for the country was set to take place on July 17th in Hayarkon Park.
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“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert due to tensions which have rendered the event unsafe at this time,” a representative for Young said in a statement. “We’ll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace.”
Though Young had faced pressure from activists and musicians, including Roger Waters, to boycott Israel because of its treatment of Palestinians, a police spokesman told Reuters that the show had been canceled by police “in order not to put people in Gaza rocket range at unnecessary risk.” Some 30,000 people had purchased tickets to the show, which would have marked Young’s first performance in Israel since the 1990s.
Young said that he will be making donations to the Louse Tillie Alpert Youth Music Center of Israel and Heartbeat, “two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together.”