The young New Zealand singer Lorde said she decided to cancel a concert in Tel Aviv after receiving calls from supporters of a boycott of Israel.
The 21-year-old pop artist announced last week that she will be stopping in the cultural and economic capital of Israel in June as part of a tour.
But she found herself faced with criticism from New Zealand and international activists for boycotting Israel to end the occupation of the Palestinian territories.
She has finally announced that Tel Aviv will be removed from her agenda.
“I have received a huge number of messages and letters, and I have talked a lot with many people with different opinions, and I think the right decision at this point is to cancel the show,” he said. she wrote in a statement issued by Naranjah, the Israeli promoters of the show.
“I’m too proud to admit that I was wrong,” she added. “I’m really sorry to be back on my commitment to you. I hope someday we can all dance, “she told her fans.
“We forgive Lorde, and we wish him every success in his tour of Russia and the United States,” Naranjah said in a message to NewsMaxi.
Israeli Minister of Culture Miri Regev has expressed hope that Lorde will reconsider her decision.
“Lorde, I expect you to be a ‘pure heroine’ like the title of your first album. A pure heroine of culture, void of any foreign political considerations, not to mention delusional ones,” Regev added in a dig at both the singer and the activists who put pressure on her to cancel her Israel show.
Israel is facing a global economic, cultural or scientific boycott campaign to end the occupation and colonization of the Palestinian territories. The Israeli government is fiercely fighting anything that looks like a boycott enterprise, which it equates to a strategic threat and denounces as a questioning of the legitimacy of the State of Israel.
Any renowned artist planning to perform in Israel faces calls for boycott, with varying results. In July, Radiohead, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, had held its concert and performed in front of tens of thousands of people in Tel Aviv.
Lorde has been successful since her teenage years with the album “Pure Heroine” (2013), her title track”Royals” being a worldwide success.
Hunter Blair was born and raised in Chicago. As a journalist Hunter has contributed to NPR News Blog, The Herald and Readers Digest. In regards to academics, Hunter earned his sociology degree from University of Chicago. Hunter covers local news and culture stories here at NewsMaxi.