Lorde Cancels Israel Concert Date Amid Protests

Lorde on stage at the Dunedin Town Hall

Meanwhile, numerous social media users called attention to the fact that Lorde's two planned concerts in Russian Federation would still go on as scheduled, accusing the singer of hypocrisy for supposedly canceling the Israel show for human rights reasons.

The 21-year-old "Royals" singer was due to perform in Tel Aviv in June 2018 but reversed course and canceled the concert this week after coming under pressure from BDS, the hard-left movement which advocates for financial and cultural boycotts of Israel.

On Christmas Day Lorde cancelled a concert scheduled for Israel in June after criticism from activists in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Lorde joins artists including Roger Waters and Elvis Costello in boycotting Israel over its treatment of the 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.

The Israeli concert promoter responded to the cancellation, saying: "We forgive her".

On Sunday, Culture Minister Miri Regev also called on Lorde to reverse her decision, and make a choice "free of foreign political considerations".

Ms Sachs, who is Jewish and the co-founder of the group Dayenu: New Zealand Jews Against Occupation, said she's now concerned her safety at home.

Amid her cancellation, however, several artists and entertainment industry executives from CAA and WME have expressed their disappointment over Lorde's decision. "But solutions come from engagement and lead to compromise, co-operation, and peace".

"We call on businesses and governments to follow Lorde's lead by divesting from and sanctioning Israel for their violations of worldwide law". "I have no complaints about her, and beyond that, my opinion of her has not changed one millimeter".

"Advocating for BDS is never an easy task".

"Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options". Many of us will also have family and friends in Israel. "A sustainable future for both of our peoples is possible, but only with the end of the Israeli occupation", the statement ended. The concert at Tel Aviv's 15,000-seat Convention Centre had seen swift ticket sales after only a few days of availability. And after discussions, she chose to cancel the stop.

"I am a huge fan of Lorde, but an even bigger fan of equality", he said.

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