Neil Young & Crazy Horse Cancel Tel Aviv Gig

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have backed out of this week’s scheduled show in Tel Aviv, Israel, because of the ongoing conflict in the region.

The gig was supposed to take place July 17 at Yayarkon Park.  

A representative for Young said, “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. We’ll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace.”

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Young also put out his own statement, saying, “I will be making donations to both the Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel, and Heartbeat, two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together.”

The Washington Post reports the death toll in the Gaza Strip is at least 175, including dozens of civilians. The paper cites the Gaza Health Ministry, which is basing the figures on new Israeli airstrikes Monday.  

Tens of thousands of Gaza Strip residents departed their homes Sunday after the Israeli military airdropped leaflets warning of an imminent operation.