Lorde has cancelled a scheduled concert performance in Tel Aviv due to the BDS boycott movement against Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported.
According to Billboard, Israel’s Ambassador to New Zealand has invited Lorde to have a meeting to discuss the decision.
The Ambassador, Dr, Itzhak Gerberg, issued the invitation in an open letter on Facebook.
Lorde explained her decision in a statement she issued shortly after the cancellation was announced.
“I’ve received an overwhelming number of message & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” said Lorde in her statement.
“I pride myself on being an informed young 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 added.
Earlier in the week, the “Green Light” singer tweeted tour dates in Moscow, St. Petersburgh and Tel Aviv. She was quickly greeted by disappointed fans urging her to reconsider her touring schedule. One user implored Lorde, “don’t play Israel… don’t normalize oppression.”
Dozens more tweeted to the New Zealand-born singer. “Pretty disappointed you’re going to break the boycott lines,” said another user.
In fact, two New Zealand activists wrote an open letter to Lorde in response to her tour announcement. “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,” wrote Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab. “Such an effect cannot be undone by even the best intention and the best music.”
Lorde, 21, insisted she was “considering all options” and thanked fans for “educating me.”
On Sunday, Lorde made her decision. “Sadly we must announce the cancellation of Lorde’s concert in Israel that was scheduled for June,” concert producer Naranjah said in a statement to the Jerusalem Post.
Eran Arieli, one of the founders of Naranjah, wrote on Facebook that he was “naive to think that an artist of her age would be able to face the pressure of appearing in Israel,” asking her Israeli fans to show her forgiveness.
“She doesn’t deserve all this s**t,” wrote the promoter. “The last thing she needs on her comeback tour is the army of globalists and anti-Semites weighing down on her.”
Ticketholders for the now-cancelled show will be reimbursed.