Madonna to perform ‘Concert for Peace’ in Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Madonna, who will launch her upcoming world tour in Israel, has added a second date for a "Concert for Peace."

For her May 31 concert at Ramat Gan Stadium near Tel Aviv, the singer plans to invite organizations in Israel who are working for peace. The new date was added to a May 29 performance at Ramat Gan.

“Music is so universal, and if there’s any chance that through my performance I can bring further attention and enlightenment to honor the peace efforts in the Middle East and help people come together, it would be an honor for me,” Madonna said in a statement issued Wednesday. “It is my way of thanking those who are making so much effort toward bringing peace to the Middle East.”

The names of the organizations have not been announced.

Madonna, 54, twice has performed sold-out shows in Israel, including the last performance of her "Sticky and Sweet" tour in 2009. She also has visited Israel with her children as part of her devotion to the study of Kabbalah.

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