Published Jul 14, 2014The Gaza Strip is currently embroiled in conflict, so it doesn't come as too much of a surprise that Neil Young and Crazy Horse have had their upcoming show in Tel Aviv, Israel, cancelled due to security concerns.
The show was booked for this Thursday (July 17) at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park. A police spokesman told Reuters that authorities called off the show for the safety of those within range of Gaza's rockets.
This is due to Gaza Strip militants who have fired rockets into Israel during the current conflict; rockets have been fired at Tel Aviv during this bout of violence, but these have either been intercepted or missed the city.
"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 spokesperson for Young said in a statement [via Billboard]. "We'll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace."
Young will make donations to Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel and Heartbeat, which allow Israeli and Palestinian youth to play music together.
This was to be Young's first show in Israel since the '90s.
On Friday (July 11), Roger Waters posted a message on Facebook advising Young not to play in Israel. Read the letter here.