Lorde Cancels Israeli Show

by Wade Massey December 27, 2017, 0:46
Lorde Cancels Israeli Show

The BDS movement encourages the economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel due to the country's treatment of Palestinians and the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory.

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.

"One particular critique of note came from New Zealand website The Spinoff, which published an open letter titled 'Dear Lorde, here's why we're urging you not to play Israel".

Grammy-award victor Lorde has canceled a planned concert in Israel following backlash over the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians. Singers Lauryn Hill, Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron and Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters have all refused to perform in the nation.

"Lorde, I expect you to be a pure heroine, like the title of your first album: a pure cultural heroine that's free of alien political considerations", she said, according to Ynet News.

Lorde said that after having "lots of discussions" about the matter, "I'm not too proud to admit I didn't make the right call on this one" in first scheduling the concert.

Yesterday organisers announced the show had been cancelled.

Speaking generally about Lorde's decision to cancel her show, New Zealand Jewish Council spokeswoman Juliet Moses believes the singer was taken in by a vocal minority.

Israeli Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, said in a statement that he hoped Lorde would reverse her decision. "I have no complaints about her, and beyond that, my opinion of her has not changed one millimeter".

Earlier in the week Lorde responded to some of the backlash by tweeting that she was considering all her options and learning all the time.

"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", the activists wrote.

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

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.

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