U2’s Bono on surprise Israel visit


JERUSALEM (JTA) — U2 lead singer Bono is on a personal visit to Israel.

The Irish singer, whose given name is Paul David Hewson, was seen at a restaurant and bar in Jaffa port with friends. He was surrounded by tight security.

U2 last performed in Israel in 1997; Bono reportedly does not have any plans to perform in Israel.

Bono, who is also a human rights activist, announced in February 2010 that the band would play in Israel the following summer, but the concert was never arranged following an outcry from pro-Palestinian groups that urged him to boycott the Jewish state. He had turned down an invitation two years earlier to perform in Israel.

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