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Lorde cancels Israel concert under boycott pressure

Lorde cancels Israel concert under boycott pressure

The BDS movement encourages the economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel due to the country's treatment of Palestinians and the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory.

Israel's ambassador to New Zealand has invited Lorde to meet him after the Kiwi singer cancelled her concert in Tel Aviv.

Lorde announced the cancellation after pro-Palestinian fans in her native New Zealand criticized her.

United States sitcom star Roseanne Barr has criticised Lorde for cancelling a gig in Israel following protests calling for artists to boycott playing shows in the country.

The ambassador will try to convince her to reconsider her decision.

"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 the time is to cancel the show", the singer said in a statement as reported by reporter Amy Spiro from the Jerusalem Post.

Some acts, like Radiohead, Nick Cave, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake have refused to cancel their shows.

The concert was scheduled for June 5, 2018, at the Tel Aviv Convention Center as part of a world tour following the release of Lorde's latest album, Melodrama, in June of this year.

"Boycott this bigot: Lorde caves to BDS pressure, cancels Israel concert", Barr posted on Twitter.

"By singling out Israel amongst other nations whose human rights abuses make any that Israel supposedly commit seem a drop in the ocean, shows the double standards and discrimination towards the Jewish state of those in the BDS movement", the organisation said in a statement. She added that she has always dreamed about visiting Tel Aviv and that she is "truly sorry" that she has upset her Israeli fans.

He added: "It's important to me that the end of the day we will thank her for considering us and giving us the opportunity in the first place, and also apologize to her, she doesn't deserve all the shit she's been through in the last week since the announcement".

The BDS Movement, which stands for boycott, divestment and sanctions, aims to end worldwide support for the oppression of Palestinians in Israel.

Israeli Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, said in a statement that he hoped Lorde would reverse her decision.

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