Macy Gray Twitters that she’ll play Israel as planned


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Singer Macy Gray, after asking fans in a Facebook message whether to cancel her concert dates in Tel Aviv, said on Twitter that she will play in Israel as scheduled.

“Dear Israel fans. Me and the band will be there in 20 days. Can’t wait. See you then. Peace,” read the Twitter message sent Wednesday night by the R&B and soul singer.

Gray is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on Feb. 11 and 12.

In a post Monday night, Gray had asked her fans on Facebook whether she should cancel the Israel dates “in protest of Apartheid against the Palestinians.”

“I’m booked for 2 shows in TelAviv. I’m getting alot of letters from activists urging/begging me to boycott by NOT performing in protest of Apartheid against the Palestinians. What the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinians is disgusting, but I wana go. I gotta lotta fans there I dont want to cancel on and I dont know how my NOT going changes anything. What do you think? Stay or go?” read the status, which had more than 4,000 responses by Thursday morning.

Most of the responses urged Gray to stay away from Israel and thanked her for supporting the Palestinian cause. Others suggested that Gray come and see the situation for herself.

Another Facebook page called Macy Gray: Please Cancel Your Show in Israel, established late last year, had 307 likes as of Thursday morning.

Gray performed in Israel in 2008 and 2009. She also performed in Caesarea in 2000.

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