Bruno Mars’ Israel Concert Called Off Due to Prime Minister’s Declaration of ‘Nation in Conflict’

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Live Nation Israel made the decision to cancel Bruno Mars’ Friday performance in Tel Aviv after an unexpected assault by Hamas.

Live Nation Israel has confirmed the cancellation of Bruno Mars’ Saturday night performance in Tel Aviv.

The announcement coincides with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, declaring the nation to be “in a state of conflict” on Saturday, following an unexpected attack by Hamas militants that resulted in the loss of over 200 Israeli lives and left hundreds more wounded.

An Instagram statement from Live Nation Israel, translated, read as follows on Friday: “Dear patrons, we regret to inform you that the Bruno Mars concert scheduled for tonight has been canceled. Refunds will be automatically processed for all ticket purchases made through the credit card used for the transaction. We extend our support to the people of Israel, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) personnel, and the security forces during these challenging times.”

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Just two days prior, Mars had delivered his initial performance in the country. In a video statement from Netanyahu, he referred to the attack by the Palestinian militant group as a “shocking act of violence” amidst the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict, as reported by CNN.

Subsequently, on Sunday, Mars’ scheduled performance at the Lusail International Circuit for Qatar’s Formula One post-race concert was also canceled, with DJ Snake stepping in as the replacement. The venue announced this change on Twitter, citing “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason.

The frontman of Silk Sonic is currently slated for his next performance in Florida in December.

According to previous reports, the Israeli military has stated that it faced attacks on multiple fronts, including land, sea, and air, with approximately 2,200 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, as per CNN. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) also reported, as noted by CNN, that Hamas had taken “hostages and prisoners of war,” and Lt. Colonel Richard Hecht disclosed that ground battles were ongoing during the weekend.

In a counterattack on the Gaza Strip, Al Jazeera reports that 232 Palestinians have lost their lives, with 1,600 individuals sustaining injuries, according to information from the health ministry.

The conflict between Israel and Palestine over the claim to Jerusalem as their capital has persisted for decades. Israel currently governs the city, while Palestinians seek control over East Jerusalem, encompassing the West Bank and Gaza. Many Palestinians reside in these areas after being displaced due to the Arab-Israeli conflicts that originated around the time of Israel’s establishment.

In response to the ongoing attacks in Israel, U.S. President Joe Biden, who had a conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu, issued a statement on Saturday. He expressed strong condemnation of the “horrific and ongoing attacks in Israel,” unequivocally denouncing the assault by Hamas terrorists from Gaza. President Biden also stated that the United States is prepared to provide any necessary support.

Biden emphasized that terrorism can never be justified and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens. He issued a warning against any party hostile to Israel trying to take advantage of the situation, underlining his administration’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.

The President further extended his and his wife Jill’s thoughts and prayers to all the families affected by the violence, expressing sorrow for the lives tragically lost and hoping for a swift recovery for the wounded.