Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, who defied the BDS movement in July 2013 by performing in Tel Aviv, seemingly tried to balance things out at Sunday's Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park.
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Billboard reports that Keys performed her latest song, the peace-oriented "We Are Here," on stage with two other musicians – Israeli musician Idan Raichel and Palestinian Ali Amr, a vocalist and virtuoso on the string instrument qanun.
The song cites Iraq, Nigeria and other world trouble spots, and includes the words, "Let's talk about Gaza Let's talk about Israel."
At the end of the number, Raichel and Amr beamed at each other and slapped hands.
Upwards of 50,000 fans were in the park for Keys, Beyonce, Jay Z and other performers, while Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, Norwegian PM Erna Solberg, Sweden's Queen Silvia and U.S. President Barack Obama (via videotape) gave weight to the event, which was dedicated to wiping out global poverty by 2030.