Pop star 'Lorde' honors BDS call, cancels Tel Aviv concert

Emmett Rice
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".

Lorde on Sunday canceled a performance in Israel scheduled for next summer after appeals by pro-Palestinian activists.

Lorde is being urged to reconsider the cancellation of a controversial concert in Israel.

Lorde has joined a growing list of artists who now refuse to perform in Israel, in protest over the country's treatment of Palestinians.

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.

Israeli Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, said in a statement that he hoped Lorde would reverse her decision.

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Yesterday organisers announced the show had been cancelled.

The New Zealand singer last Monday announced a Tel Aviv concert slated for next year before cancelling it less than a week later, the Jerusalem Post reported. "I hope one day we can all dance", she added.

"We asked Lorde to not break the boycott and to not support the occupation of Palestinian lands, the destruction of Palestinian lands, homes and lives and I am proud of her fearless response that testifies that she has an open progressive mind, is concerned about social justice", Sachs told Walla. "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". "Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options".

"The truth is that I was naive to think that an artist of her age can withstand the pressure involved in coming to Israel, and I take full responsibility and ask the forgiveness of fans, admirers, and other dreamers", he wrote on Facebook, according to CNN.

After criticism from worldwide and New Zealand activists, Lorde announced on Sunday she was cancelling the performance in Israel.

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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