Two days after she announced the cancelation of her Israel show, pop singer Lorde was invited by Israel’s envoy to New Zealand to discuss the matter. The ambassador will try to convince her to reconsider her decision.
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Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand asked pop singer Lorde on Tuesday to meet with him regarding her decision to cancel her summer concert in Israel. The invitation was extended two days after the singer announced the cancelation of the show due to pressure from anti-Israel groups and movements that boycott Israel.
During an interview with Israel News Company, Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand Itzhak Gerberg said that Lorde is uneducated or was misinformed about Israel. “First of all, she lacks knowledge or doesn’t have enough about Israel being the only democracy in the Middle East,” he said. “Second, I think that she doesn’t have any knowledge about BDS.”
Gerberg added that he thinks that Lorde’s decision to cancel her performance was a mistake. “A boycott is a negative thing,” he said. “It leads to hostility and a kind of non-dialogue. However, music leads to tolerance, hope and peace.”
After she announced her plans to perform in Tel Aviv, the 21-year-old singer was bombarded with messages on social media from BDS supporters. Last week, she responded to the criticism over her concert, which included an open letter to her from her BDS supporting fans.
“Noted!” Lorde wrote, responding to a tweet to which the open letter was attached. Before she thanked her fans for “educating” her, she said that she has been discussing the matter with people and is “considering all options.”
“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,” Lorde said in a statement that was later released. “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.” She added that she has always dreamed about visiting Tel Aviv and that she is “truly sorry” that she has upset her Israeli fans.