Leonard Cohen Performs in Israel After Selling Out Concert in Record Time

All proceeds from performance will go to fund for bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families.

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Veteran singer Leonard Cohen took to the stage at Ramat Gan stadium on Thursday night after breaking an Israeli record when all the tickets for his show were sold out in less than 12 hours, despite costing between NIS 1,000 and 1,200.

The Canadian, whose previous performance in Israel took place more than 20 years ago, was expected to play many of his most well-known hits, including "Suzanne," "Bird on the Wire" and "Dance Me to the End of Love."

Before the concert, an event was held in the VIP section of the stadium for the Leonard Cohen Fund for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace, which gives support to bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families.

Grants were given at the event to people who have suffered personally from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but continue to believe in peace and work toward achieving it.

Cohen also announced around two months ago that the proceeds from his performance in Israel would go toward the fund.

Around 200 bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families were expected to attend the concert, among them the renowned writer David Grossman.

Cohen landed in Israel on a private plane on Tuesday, which his production team says he will use to travel around Israel.



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