Neil Young & Crazy Horse will not be playing in Israel this week.
The group has canceled its Thursday (July 17) concert in Tel Aviv by order of local police due to recent hostilities between Israel and Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip. A police spokesman told Reuters that the move was made "in order not to put people in Gaza rocket range at unnecessary risk."
Young's camp issued a statement saying that, "It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert due to tensions which have rendered the event unsafe at this time. We'll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace."
Young pledged to donate money to Heartbeat and the Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel, "two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together."
Young has been playing a brand new song, "Who's Gonna Stand Up and Save the World," during concerts on his latest tour.
Roger Waters, an outspoken Palestinian supporter, had posted a letter to Young on his Facebook page earlier this year urging him to cancel the show for political reasons.