With human rights conflicts boiling in the Eastern hemisphere, soul singer Macy Gray went to her fans to make a major decision about traveling to Israel for a concert. International artists are being pushed to boycott trips to Israel because of the nation’s actions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which has been ongoing for 60 years.
Gray, who intentionally planned to perform in Tel Aviv in March, turned to her social networks to make the decision on whether or not she should go.
“I’m getting alot of letters from activists urging/begging me to boycott by NOT performing in protest of Apartheid against the Palestinians,” she wrote on Facebook.
“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?”
4,000 passionate responses in four days led Gray to announce via Twitter that she would continue her trip as scheduled to Tel Aviv for the performance.
“Dear Israel fans. Me and the band will be there in 20 days. Can’t wait. See you then. Peace,” she tweeted.
Although the United States has attempted to negotiate settlements in the region, Israelis and Palestinains have remained in a standstill conflict for nearly six decades. The two groups are warring over land. Palestinians blame Israel for operating a de-facto style apartheid system in the West Bank, where they want to establish an independent state. Israelis have a tight hold on this land, with fear that Palestinian militants want to destroy the Jewish state.