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Gaza rocket fire torpedoes Neil Young Tel Aviv gig
Published Sunday 13/07/2014 (updated) 15/08/2014 10:12
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Neil Young and the Crazy Horse band perform in Oslo Spektrum on
August 7, 2013 (NTB SCANPIX/AFP Fredrik Varfjell)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Safety fears have forced the cancellation of Canadian rocker Neil Yong's impending concert in Tel Aviv, the target of repeated rocket fire from Gaza in the past week, organizers said Sunday.

Concert promoter Shuki Weiss announced "with great sorrow" the cancellation of a show scheduled for Tel Aviv's riverside Yarkon Park next Thursday.

"This is due to the rocket attacks of recent days and the fear for the audience’s safety in a mass event," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Since last Tuesday when Israel launched its Operation Protective Edge deadly air war to stop Palestinians firing rockets into southern Israel, the militants have increased the intensity and range of their barrages.

As in previous days, air raid sirens sent Tel Aviv residents sprinting to bomb shelters on Sunday and Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system blew up incoming rockets in the skies above. None have so far hit inside the city limits.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that the concert was called off after consultation with civil defense authorities, "in regard to large gatherings in central populated areas due to the security dangers involved."

Young last played in Israel in 1993, appearing with Pearl Jam.

He has resisted calls to boycott Israel and fans were looking forward to his return, this time with his band Crazy Horse.

Haaretz on Sunday said that other forthcoming visits in danger were those of Paul Anka, on July 24 and 26, and the Backstreet Boys, scheduled to play three dates on July 29-31.

Media said over 40,000 tickets to the Young event had been sold. Weiss said information on refunds would be made public later in the week.
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1 ) Mel's sister / Usa
14/07/2014 00:08
I bet Brian Cohen was devastated.

2 ) Chaz / USA
14/07/2014 00:15
Niel Young should have canceled it for humanitarian reasons and he forever will be viewed in my mind as a Complicit War criminal by ignoring the boycott..

3 ) Dogma / USA
14/07/2014 05:25
That region is unpredictable and flat-out dangerous. Much too dangerous for any large group of people to gather.

4 ) Mel / USA
14/07/2014 20:19
Tel Aviv saved NYoung from cancelling(PR)!Young met huge protest about the concert incld other artists:
Facebook statement by Roger Waters/Pink Floyd: "Woody Guthrie would turn in his grave. Neil Young!" Waters wrote. "[Y]our songs have always been redolent of love and humanity and compassion for your fellow man and woman. I find it hard to believe that you would turn your back on the indigenous people of Palestine.Young said:"they look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace".!!!

5 ) Mel / USA
14/07/2014 20:29
Here,read Pink Floyd's Roger Waters FULL letter to Neil Young in protest!
You really ROCK Roger! Bravo!
Neil's seems to have forgotten his lyrical ETHOS?
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/roger-waters-neil-young-israel/

6 ) Robert / US
14/07/2014 21:15
I bet Brian will be at the MEGASDEATH concert.whats wrong Maan , you didnt mention them lik Haaretz did.. cant touch this, hammer time...doo doo doo.. ive lost whatever respect I had for neil young.

7 ) SHIRLEY / AUSTRALIA
16/07/2014 02:15
maan news print the truth isreal started the attaCKS ON GAZA NOT IN RESPONSE TEVEN HARATZ HAS PRINTED THE TRUTH AND TIMELINE SHAME ON YOU AND YOU ARE PALESTINIAN WHOS SIDE AREW YOU ON ISREAL FIRED 34 MISSILES IN TO GAZA IN RESPONSAE FOR TEENAGERS KIDNAPPING SAYING HAMAS HAS TO PAY WHERES THE PROOF ISREAL AND WHY ATTACK GAZA THEY COULD NOT BE RESPONSIOBLE AND KILLING CIVILLIANS THIS IS MORE THAN KIDNAPPING YOU AND MANY OTHERS KNOW IT START DEMANDING EGYPT LIFT SEIGE AND ISREAL NAVAL BLOCKADE

8 ) Shespatherdummyagain / Oz
20/07/2014 19:27
Hey Sheila. I mean Shirley. You've got a big noisy mouth, with very few brain cells to power it. Take a hike!

9 ) Larry / USA
30/07/2014 19:49
You should all get over this Boycott nonsense. From the 1920's to 1948, '56, ,67, suicide bombings, intifadas when Arafat turned down peace...Israel has had to implement safe precautions against constant attacks and calls for their destruction. Look what they've accomplished on their little strip of land while all the other Arab countries are busy killing each other in wars that have nothing to do with Jews. Wake up.

10 ) jennie / NewZealand
07/08/2014 15:06
I am sorry to say that Neil has done the people of Te Aviv a favour. His concerts have been appallingly bad of late . When the Zionists go to hell Im sure they will be forced to listen to this senile old mans self indulgent waillings for all time.

11 ) Susannah / Israel
10/08/2014 05:33
#9 - Boycott is working - if it wasn't you wouldn't bother with your silly "boycott nonsense" remark. BDS!!!
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