Israeli Promoter Responds to Lorde Canceling Concert in Tel Aviv

Lorde folds to BDS pressure, cancels Tel Aviv concert

Although the June 5 concert in Tel Aviv was still listed on the singer's Facebook page, tickets were no longer available and Hebrew media reported that the promoter would refund any tickets already purchased.

Amid the pressure from anti-Israel groups, New Zealand pop singer Lorde canceled on Sunday her summer concert in Israel.

On Thursday, the 21 year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter received an open joint letter from a Palestinian woman and a Jewish woman based in Aotearoa, New Zealand., urging her to cancel the concert in Tel Aviv.

Numerous worldwide artists who choose not to host concerts in Israel are members of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) Movement, which "works to end global support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians".

Abu-Shanab and Sachs also argued that "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".

Ms Wakim said a sporting and cultural boycott had been very effective in South Africa and Palestinians faced a similar regime in Israel. The letter cited the recent decision by President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In response, Jewish writer Dane Giraud wrote an essay on the same website that criticized the boycott as damaging peace talks and creating unnecessary strife.

These boycotts are nothing new, with musician Elvis Costello having previously pulled out of a concert in Israel back in 2010. "As to the circumstances that led to the cancellation of the show, Lorde is expected to publish a statement via Twitter soon".

Lorde, whose real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, was named as one of TIME's "16 most influential teens of 2013", having become an worldwide music success by the time she was 17 years old.

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