"On July 17 Neil Young & Crazy Horse are set to play Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel as part of the group's current tour. Back in January, when rumors that Neil would perform in Israel started to gain steam, Roger Waters sent a letter to Young via his manager, Elliott Roberts, urging him not to play the Middle Eastern country.
Young never responded to the ex-Pink Floyd bassist's note, so nearly
six months later Waters has shared the contents of his letter on
Dear Neil Young,
There are rumors flying about that you are considering doing shows in Tel Aviv this year.
The picket lines have been crossed in this last year by one or two
lightweights from our community but no one of your stature. Woody
Guthrie would turn in his grave. Neil Young! You are one of my biggest
heroes, you are one of a very short list, you, John Lennon, Woody
Guthrie, Huddy Ledbetter, Harry Belafonte, Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday
and, like some others, but not many, your 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. That you would lend support to, and
encourage and legitimize, with your presence, a colonial apartheid
regime, largely settled from Europe, that seeks to confine the native
people of the land, either in exile or in second class status in
reservations and ghettos.
Please, brother, tell me it ain't so."