The Weeknd has directed $2.5million (£1.9million) to pay for 4 million emergency meals in Gaza.
Yesterday (November 1), the UN introduced that the Canadian musician was sending the hefty donation by means of his XO Humanitarian Fund. The cash will fund 820 metric tons of meals parcels, which the UN claimed might feed greater than 173,000 Palestinians for 2 weeks.
As of December 1, the battle has taken the lives of greater than 15,000 Palestinians and 1,200 Israelis have been killed in Gaza since October 7, in keeping with Al Jazeera. On October 9, Israel announced a “total” blockade on Palestine, stopping the entry of meals and gas in Gaza.
The Weeknd was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Meals Programme in 2021, which he referred to as “a profound honour”. “That is such a profound honour as a result of it’s about getting the chance to assist a whole nation and tens of tens of millions of individuals around the globe who’re affected by excessive starvation.” The UN has claimed the musician has made “private donations” of $1.8million and raised $5million by means of his XO Humanitarian Fund.
He’s additionally planning to dedicate the equal of $1 per ticket sale from his After Hours Til Daybreak Tour to the XO Humanitarian Fund.
Quite a few musicians have referred to as for motion to finish the Israel-Hamas struggle. Earlier this month, Macklemore referred to as the battle a “genocide” at a pro-Palestine rally, and joined Dua Lipa, Killer Mike, Michael Stipe and extra in demanding “a direct de-escalation and ceasefire in Gaza and Israel” in an open letter to President Biden.
In different information, The Weeknd just lately introduced the postponement of the Australia and New Zealand stadium tour. The singer was because of start in Brisbane on November 20, however introduced the exhibits could be rescheduled because of “unexpected circumstances”.
In the meantime, an AI-generated collaboration that includes vocals mimicking Drake and The Weeknd was just lately dominated out of being eligible for Grammy consideration.