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Lorde Cancels Concert in Israel Under BDS Pressure

Lorde Sides With BDS Movement

Lorde is in hot water with some of her fans after canceling her concert in Israel.

New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde is in the process of promoting her 2017 sophomore album Melodrama, which received critical acclaim as well as a nomination for “Album of the Year” at the most recent Grammy Awards. Though that is good news on the pop star’s part, her celebration dimmed down this week after she disclosed three international cities to her tour list in June, one of which is the city of Tel Aviv in Israel, which riled up fans in the worst of ways sparking a feud against her.

Fans furiously flooded Lorde in several tweets urging her to reconsider having a concert in Israel at all. Palestinian activists ultimately got under her skin and she dropped the concert in Tel Aviv amid of all the criticism she was getting from the ever-growing Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The BDS movement began in 2005, with the goal of working to end international support for Israel, until the Palestinian “Apartheid is over.” In April, BDS got more than 50 musicians, playwrights, artists and human rights activists, to sign a petition urging Radiohead cancels its show.

The organization called Creative Community for Peace released a press statement following the spectacle saying they are “deeply disappointed that Lorde canceled her show in Tel Aviv after receiving pressure from the radical boycott Israel movement. Artists should never become beholden to the political views of a small but loud minority.” The statement was created by artists and music executives in opposition to the boycott that has dissuaded artists from performing in the region.

The BDS has attempted to prevent several artists and musicians from performing in Israel. More recently, the activist group wrote letters to try and persuade Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds from performing in Israel. In response, the singer-songwriter said, “it suddenly became very important to make a stand against those people that are trying to shut down musicians, to bully musicians, to censor musicians, and to silence musicians.”

Not only is the 21-year-old’s fan-base hurting because of her decision of dragging politics into a fun time, but she also refuses to reconsider any future tours in Israel, leaving everybody wondering about this cliffhanger while she leaves Russia on the list, which to some, is even worse on her part.

“I pride myself on being a young informed citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one,” she said in an announcement reported by The Jerusalem Post. “Tel Aviv. It’s been a dream of mines to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.”

As the topic spiraled across social media, lots more people stepped in to give their opinions and backlash towards the pop songstress. It’s unclear if she will ever keep her options open, with all the conflicted feelings surrounding her final decision. Yet, this sinkhole she’s stuck in for the moment sure did leave lasting impressions on her fans in a new light fueling the fire.

Lorde is firm in her decision to stand along with the BDS and does not plan to perform in Israel anytime soon. However, in response to her statements the Israeli Ambassador of New Zealand has invited Lorde to speak with him about why her decision to cancel her concert in Israel is only supporting the BDS and its “hateful agenda.”

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