Forty years after the Beatles were banned from playing in Israel based on officials’ fears that they would corrupt the moral’s of the country’s youth, Paul McCartney visited the West Bank with a message of peace.

 

‘I’m here to highlight the situation and to say that what we need is peace in this region, a two-state solution,” he said regarding Israel and a separate Palestinian state, according to the Associated Press.

 

The musician stopped in at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, said to be built where Jesus was born, and lit two candles for peace.

 

Paul was in the region for his concert Thursday in Tel Aviv’s largest park, a show that has brought some criticism from some Palestinians that he favors Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

 

"I get criticized everywhere I go, but I don’t listen to them,” Paul said. ”I’m bringing a message of peace, and I think that’s what the region needs.”

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