Lorde Under Fire for Canceling Israel Concert: 'Boycott This Bigot'

Lorde Cancels Israel Concert Amid Controversial Protests

The BDS movement is a non-violent campaign that advocates cutting off commericial and cultural ties with Israeli institutions over the country's occupation of Palestinian land, and other abuses.

Lorde on Sunday canceled a performance in Israel scheduled for next summer after appeals by pro-Palestinian activists.

The pair urged Lorde to "act in the spirit of progressive New Zealanders who came before you and continue their legacy", by canceling her show.

"By bowing to the bullies, she joins the ranks of Roger Waters, Lauryn Hill, Elvis Costello and Annie Lennox".

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.

The singer, 21, said that she educated herself about Israel before booking the June concert announced a week ago but that "I didn't make the right call on this one".

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.

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"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", they wrote.

"I've received an overwhelming number of messages and letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show", Lorde said in statement announcing her decision.

Israeli Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, said in a statement that he hoped Lorde would reverse her decision.

Lorde was contacted via an open letter by fellow New Zealanders Justine Sachs, who is Jewish, and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who is of Palestinian descent.

Many activist who called on Lorde to cancel the show are part of the growing BDS movement which seeks to culturally isolate and use non-violent means to bring around the end of Israel's occupation of Palestine. Before she thanked her fans for "educating" her, she said that she has been discussing the matter with people and is "considering all options".

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

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