U2 frontman Bono has offered his condolences to the hundreds of young victims murdered by Hamas at the Supernova music festival in Israel.
Speaking during the Irish rock band’s Las Vegas show on Sunday night, Bono told the crowd: “We sing for our brothers and sisters, who they themselves were singing at the Supernova Succot festival in Israel. We sing for those. Our people. Our kind of people. Music people, playful, experimental people. Our kind of people. We sing for them.”
The musician then led the crowd in singing along together in an emotional moment at the show which is centred on the group’s 1991 album Achtung Baby.
U2 performed at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv in 1997, but the band turned down an invitation to play in Israel a decade later. In 2010, they announced that they would play a concert in Israel the following summer, but pressure from pro-Palestinian groups urging Bono to boycott the Jewish state meant that the show never materialised.
However, the frontman showed his support for Jewish people when the band rescheduled a 2009 concert at Giants Stadium, New Jersey, so that the date would not coincide with Yom Kippur.
Bono returned to Israel in 2012 on a personal visit and is said to have stayed at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel in Jerusalem, where he reportedly signed the guestbook with, “In Jerusalem, hope springs eternal.”