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January 19, 2011

Singer Macy Gray turns to fans on Tel Aviv concert

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Macy Gray, center, shown performing at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in July 2010, is asking fans on Facebook whether she should keep her Israel dates. (Clarence Johnson/Creative Commons)

Macy Gray, center, shown performing at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in July 2010, is asking fans on Facebook whether she should keep her Israel dates. (Clarence Johnson/Creative Commons)

R&B and soul-singer Macy Gray has asked her fans in a message on her Facebook status whether she should cancel scheduled concerts in Tel Aviv “in protest of Apartheid against the Palestinians.”

“I’m booked for 2 shows in TelAviv. I’m getting alot of letters from activists urging/begging me to boycott by NOT performing in protest of Apartheid against the Palestinians. 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?” read the status posted Monday night.

The status had more than 1,000 responses by Wednesday evening. Most urged Gray, an R&B and soul singer, to stay away from Israel and thanked her for supporting the Palestinian cause. Others urged Gray to come and see the situation for herself.

Gray is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on Feb. 11 and 12.

Another Facebook page called Macy Gray: Please Cancel Your Show in Israel, established late last year, had 180 likes as of Wednesday night.

Gray performed in Israel in 2008 and 2009. She also performed in Caesarea in 2000.

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