Lorde cancels Israel concert after boycott movement weighs in

Lorde on stage at the Dunedin Town Hall

Since the singer announced two stops in Russian Federation and one in Tel Aviv on Twitter last week, she was bombarded with calls for her to cancel the Israel show.

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. According to the country's Ynetnews, Elvis Costello and Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore have canceled shows in Israel amid criticism.

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

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.

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.

Some acts, like Radiohead, Nick Cave, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake have refused to cancel their shows. She added that she has always dreamed about visiting Tel Aviv and that she is "truly sorry" that she has upset her Israeli fans.

The singer, songwriter and record producer - real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor - canceled the show scheduled for June 2018 after BDS activists urged her to pull out of the performance in protest against Israel's human-rights abuses of Palestinians.

Israeli culture minister Miri Regev wrote, "Lorde, I'm hoping you can be a 'pure heroine, ' like the title of your first album, be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign - and ridiculous - political considerations".

"Playing there, performing there, would be seen to be breaking the boycott and so she will be seen to be supporting Israeli policy and that is something that we abhor".

Her statement ends: "I hope one day we call can dance".

Ms Moses said Lorde would perform in Russian Federation on her Melodrama World Tour, and despite that country's human rights abuses no one called on her to cancel that show or suggested she was a Putin supporter.

When another user suggested the singer had been bullied by "trolls" from the Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement, Barr added (sic): "if they do not know enough about hating jews after WW2-they NEVER will-i say fuck them".

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