Many activist groups had criticised Young's announcement of an Israeli concert, including a notable campaign by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. After Waters' letter to Young, sent via the singer's manager, received no response, Waters published it on his Facebook page. "Woody Guthrie would turn in his grave. Neil Young!" Waters wrote. "[Y]our songs have always been redolent of love and humanity and compassion for your fellow man and woman. I find it hard to believe that you would turn your back on the indigenous people of Palestine."
Monday, July 14, 2014
Neil Young Concert in Israel Canceled
Neil had been getting flak for scheduling the show this Thursday to begin with, in Tel Aviv, but now it's been called off by police there allegedly due to threat of rocket fire (though virtually no Hamas rockets hit there). Neil says he's going ahead with donations to two groups that provide music training for Israelis and Palestinians.
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