Singer Lorde Cancels Israel Show in Support of Palestine


The BDS movement has frequently made calls for many artists to cancel events in Israel, to which some of the top artists, including Roger Walters and Stevie Wonder, have accepted the call.

The Kiwi singer pulled out of a scheduled performance in Tel Aviv, after pressure from activists calling for an artistic boycott of Israel, because of concerns about violations of human rights of Palestinians.

Two days after she announced the cancelation of her Israel show, pop singer Lorde was invited by Israel's envoy to New Zealand to discuss the matter.

In a statement to AFP, Naranjah said: "We forgive Lorde and wish her a successful tour in Russian Federation and the USA".

Lorde joins global figures Roger Waters, Bjork, Lauryn Hill and Elvis Costello who have all endorsed the call for a cultural boycott of Israel.

Lorde is refunding fans who had bought tickets and said she didn't make the right call in agreeing to the show. Boycotts of Israel will not lead to peace.

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According to the Huffington Post, Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev criticized her decision and urged her to embody the title of her first album and be a "pure heroine".

Singer Lorde has cancelled a planned performance in the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv, following backlash from supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. "We hope that her actions will inspire Lorde's many young, progressive fans to carry on the movement and speak out against injustice".

Yesterday organisers announced the show had been cancelled. "Playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation".

"We asked Lorde to not break the boycott and to not support the occupation of Palestinian lands, the destruction of Palestinian lands, homes and lives and I am proud of her fearless response that testifies that she has an open progressive mind, is concerned about social justice", Sachs told Walla.

Grammy Award-winning artist Lorde has canceled a concert in Israel as a protest against the Jewish state, but apparently has no problem performing in Russian Federation. Many of us face the threat of ostracisation from our communities and families every time we speak out.

Actress Roseanne Barr also spoke out against the cancellation and called for people to "boycott this bigot" on Twitter.