Israel's ambassador to New Zealand appeals to Lorde over canceled Israel show


Lorde responded on twitter to fans, explaining that she would get informed on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before coming to any decisions regarding the upcoming show.

The Kiwi songstress cancelled plans to perform amid a backlash from Palestinian rights campaigners.

Yesterday concert promoter Eran Arielli posted on Facebook that show had been cancelled but he had no complaints about Lorde.

The New Zealand musician said in a statement Sunday that "the right decision at this time" was to cancel her June 2018 concert in Tel Aviv, which was announced earlier this month. She said despite researching the issue before booking the Tel Aviv show, "I'm not too proud to admit I didn't make the right call on this one". She added that she has always dreamed about visiting Tel Aviv and that she is "truly sorry" that she has upset her Israeli fans.

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Variety also reported 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".

But Barr wasn't having a bar of it. Later she wrote "don't excuse jew hating bigots, bc that makes you one", then adding: "they will never understand that their own antisemitism prevents them from transcending or connecting or knowing".

Israel's ambassador to New Zealand asked pop singer Lorde on Tuesday to meet with him regarding her decision to cancel her summer concert in Israel.

"She's so privileged that she's SCARED that she might have to live one second in the face of fascist anti-Semitism (that she approves of) like the Israelis/Jews do", Barr said.

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A non-profit organisation dedicated to "countering the cultural boycott of Israel" also urged her to ignore pleas for her to join the boycott.

This was backed up by Jewish groups in New Zealand.

Activists have sought to economically and culturally isolate Israel since 2005, when a coalition of 170 organizations from Palestinian civil society called on "people of conscience" to employ non-violent tactics to pressure Israel into ending its military control of Palestinian territories and comply with global law in its treatment of Palestinians.

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"We were very distressed because we knew that this was a very significant indication of her seeming support for the policies of the Israeli Government, and particularly this brutal occupation that Palestinians have suffered under for 50 years".