Popular singer Ehud Banai was supposed to perform in the Susya community in Judea and Samaria, but as soon as the concert's location was announced, the public outcry began. Banai announced the concert's cancellation on Monday, after he spoke with the head of the Har Hebron Regional Council, Tzviki Bar-Chai.
Banai told the head of the council of the troubles that developed following the announcement of the concert and its location. In his conversation with Banai, Bar-Chai said that "settlement in Judea and Samaria is actively involved in all facets of life of the state and opens its gates to all parts of Israeli society. In the spirit of the High Holidays, it is jointly agreed that, in order to restore calm, the concert be canceled."
According to Banai, he was looking forward to holding a dialogue in a controversial place, as, he says, he will continue to do in the future.
Before the decision to cancel the concert was made, a post on Banai's Facebook page read: "Ehud Banai's opinions against the occupation in particular, and against wrongdoings in Israeli society in general, are known to all and are expressed in his songs as well as heard through various media platforms. Yet, Ehud has said more than once that he does not boycott concerts beyond the Green Line, despite his disagreement with the settlements. Instead of boycott and ostracism, he is looking for dialogue precisely in a place where there is controversy. The concert in Susya is not in any way a show of support or encouragement for acts that cause injustice."