Red Hot Chili Peppers arrives for Israel concert


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Red Hot Chili Peppers arrived in Israel ahead of the band’s first concert in the country.

The band traveled directly to the Western Wall after landing on a private jet from Istanbul, according to reports.

A crowd of tens of thousands is expected for Monday night’s show at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv. 

The Red Hot Chili Peppers canceled a scheduled performance in 2001 at the last minute due to the second Palestinian intifada.

Israel is the last stop on its European tour; the band will begin its U.S. tour in two weeks.

A Lebanese rock band canceled as the opening act last week in Beirut in protest of the concert in Israel, according to the Times of Israel. Several Facebook pages also have called for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to boycott Israel.

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