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Lorde Faces Backlash After Cancelling Israel Concert Over Protests

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Music Editor
Updated: 29 December 2017

New Zealand singer Lorde has been slammed as a ‘bigot’ after cancelling a concert next summer in Israel.

The 21-year-old star revealed on Sunday that she was pulling the plug on her June 2018 concert in Tel Aviv, which was announced earlier this month.

She said in a statement that she had ‘received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views’ and added ‘the right decision at this time is to cancel the show’.

Lorde made the move after an open letter by New Zealanders Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs asking her not to play in Tel Aviv to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

But the singer was soon criticised for cancelling the show by US sitcom star Roseanne Barr, who tweeted:

Lorde has yet to respond.

The ‘Green Light’ singer said in her previous statement that it was a dream of hers to visit Tel Aviv.

She added: ‘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.

‘I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.’

Elvis Costello, Lauryn Hill and Gorillaz are among the other artists who have cancelled performances in Israel.