Lorde cancels Israel concert after boycott protests by pro-Palestinian activists


"The truth is that I was naïve to think that an artist of her age can withstand the pressure involved in coming to Israel, and I take full responsibility and ask the forgiveness of fans, admirers, and other dreamers", Ms. Arielli wrote in Hebrew.

New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde has cancelled a planned performance in Israel after appeals by pro-Palestinian activists.

According to outcome of Sound, Lorde released a statement expressing her view on the issue saying "I've received an overwhelming number of messages and 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".

Spokeswoman Juliet Moses said the singer would perform in Russian Federation on her Melodrama tour and that despite that country's human rights abuses, no one called on her to cancel that show. Tel Aviv, it's been a dream of mine to visit this attractive 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", she added. "Such an effect can not be undone by even the best intention and the best music".

Amid her cancellation, however, several artists and entertainment industry executives from CAA and WME have expressed their disappointment over Lorde's decision.

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Culture Minister Miri Regev issued a statement asking the 21-year-old to reconsider her decision, stating "Lorde, I'm hoping you can be a 'pure heroine, ' like the title of your first album".

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

Creative Community for Peace asserted in a statement that BDS had bullied Lorde into bowing down from the tour destination.

In a counter-statement, they said, "Artists should never become beholden to the political views of a small but loud minority".

In an open letter published last week, activists Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs said Lorde's planned performance in Israel "sends the wrong message", especially in light of President Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.