Lorde Cancels Israel Concert Date Amid Protests

Lorde Cancels Israel Concert Date Amid Protests

Lorde Cancels Israel Concert Date Amid Protests

Before she thanked her fans for "educating" her, she said that she has been discussing the matter with people and is "considering all options".

Lorde came under pressure from BDS supporters and fans after she announced that she will be performing in Tel Aviv.

The Jerusalem rally on Saturday night was created to draw those who wanted to express their anger about government corruption but felt uncomfortable demonstrating with mostly left-wing supporters in Tel Aviv alongside signs that called for an end to the occupation or that expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

In an email, the organisers of the June concert said the New Zealand born singer would be posting a message on Twitter to explain her reasons for the decision. "This worked very effectively against apartheid in South Africa, and we hope it can work again", the two wrote in a letter.

Justine Sachs, who is Jewish, and Palestinian Nadia Abu-Shanab told the singer that: "A performance in Israel sends the wrong message".

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Dozens of artists including Tilda Swinton, Ken Loach and Mark Ruffalo wrote to the Guardian this month condemning Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israelis take part in a demonstration under the name "March of Shame" to protest against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on December 9, 2017 in Tel Aviv.

"Such an effect can not be undone by even the best intention and the best music", they added. "Your voice will join many others and together we can and will make a difference".

Some Palestinians celebrated the cancellation, with the Palestine Info Center tweeting that Lorde's "refusal to whitewash Israeli occupation and its crimes and human rights violation is called humanity and sanity", and adding that she did the right thing. At a press conference held before his own Tel Aviv gig, Cave hit back at the ex-Pink Floyd musician for attempting to "silence" musicians who wanted to perform in Israel.

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