Pop Star Lorde Drops Planned Israeli Concert After Criticism

Darren Sullivan
December 27, 2017

The Creative Community for Peace said in a statement over the holiday weekend that it was "deeply disappointed" over the cancellation, and described BDS as a "political movement ultimately aiming to extinguish the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people rather than a movement for human rights".

Emmy Award victor and loyal Trump supporter Roseanne Barr has called for a counter-boycott of Lorde after she cancelled a scheduled concert in Tel Aviv for political reasons.

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.

Lorde acknowledged the backlash last week when she responded to an open letter written by supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement calling for her to cancel the show as part of the "artistic boycott" of the country. Lorde joins artists including Roger Waters and Elvis Costello in boycotting Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.

Lorde is refunding fans who had bought tickets and said she didn't make the right call in agreeing to the show.

"I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show", the statement said. She added that despite the research and reading she had done on the issue before initially booking, "I'm not too proud to admit I didn't make the right call on this one".

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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.

"I$3 just want to say i'm so, so sorry", Lorde wrote on Twitter.

The artist had been set to play at the Tel Aviv Convention Centre on 6/5, one of dozens of dates scheduled for her Melodrama world tour.

"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. "I hope one day we can all dance", she added. "Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options".

The BDS Movement, which stands for boycott, divestment and sanctions, aims to end global support for the oppression of Palestinians in Israel.

Lorde's decision also drew an attack from actress Roseanne Barr who tweeted, "Boycott this bigot", with a link to an article about the cancelation.