Lorde Cancels Israeli Show

US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington DC

In an interview with Sky News, Alhadeff said Lorde has been "caught up in this BDS campaign against Israel without giving due thought to the inconsistency, perhaps even hypocrisy in boycotting one and quite happily performing in Russian Federation days later".

Israel's ambassador to New Zealand asked pop singer Lorde on Tuesday to meet with him regarding her decision to cancel her summer concert in Israel.

Earlier this week, Palestinian activist Nadia Abu Shanab and Jewish activist Justine Sachs sent an open letter to Lorde calling her to cancel the show.

In a statement to Variety, Israeli promoter Eran Arielli of Naranjah said: "We forgive her".

Other artists who have cancelled shows in Israel include Elvis Costello, Lauryn Hill and Gorillaz.

"I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show", she said.

"Lorde, I'm hoping you can be a "pure heroine" like the title of your first album", Miri Regev said in a statement obtained by The Guardian. It concluded: "I hope one day we can all dance".

The show's Israeli promoter, Eran Arielli, announced the cancelation on December 24 and apologized for raising the hopes of fans who wished to see the artist perform in Tel Aviv.

Lorde had been due to play in Tel Aviv as part of her "Melodrama" world tour.

"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.

"I pride myself on being an informed young citizen", Lorde wrote in a statement that has been shared on Twitter. "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". But more than 48 hours later, the singer has yet to speak out on any social media.

On Monday, actress Roseanne Barr posted on Twitter a link to The Jerusalem Post article about the concert cancellation, writing "Boycott this bigot".

Her announcement followed calls by proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to cancel her performance over Israel's human rights record.



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