International pop superstar Lorde, is in the throws of an enormous world tour to support her latest album, "Melodrama." Recently she announced her decision to cancel her stopover in Tel Aviv, after backlash from Pro-Palestine supporters messaged her regarding Israel's human rights issues.
The concert was scheduled for June 2018.
Activists from New Zealand, reached out to the 21 year old with a letter citing the treatment of Palestinians at the hands of Israel.
They state that this is a difficult time for Palestinians especially due to "the Trump administration’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."
As reported by The Huffington Post, writer Justine Sachs and teacher Nadia Abu-Shanab say in their letter to Lorde :
“A performance in Israel sends the wrong message. Playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation.”
Lorde responded swiftly as did many others on social media, from both sides of the discussion.
Thank you @Lorde. You will face many slanders and lies over your decision from those who support and perpetrate injustice. But know that many more people admire you for standing on the right side of history. You did the right thing. https://t.co/sz3jrhFPkP— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas one and all. Except to Lorde who is probably boycotting Christmas because a few misinformed idiot fans told her she should.— Rob Dyke (@TheRobDyke) December 25, 2017
Lorde just canceled her show in Isreal to make a moral stance against Jews in a sea of Muslims. FYI Lorde, if you want to be a feminist don't side with the people who DO the genital mutilation of women. Go with the ones who DONT. Millenials have garbage brains from soyverdosing.— Owen Benjamin 🐻 (@OwenBenjamin) December 25, 2017
This is a decision Lorde is going to carry for awhile. And it raises a few other questions.
Feminist @lorde cancels concert in Israel - only place in the Middle East where women are truly equal - on moral grounds. I look forward to her making a stand for the millions of oppressed women living under Islam. Or cancelling her Russian concerts due to the treatment of LGBT.— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) December 26, 2017
Since the singer announced two stops in Russia and one in Tel Aviv on Twitter last week, she was bombarded with calls for her to cancel the Israel show. Nobody seemed to have a problem with her concerts in Russia, that bastion of human rights.— Amy Spiro (@AmySpiro) December 24, 2017
.@Lorde If you canceled your concert in 🇮🇱 Israel, an imperfect liberal democracy, but not in 🇷🇺 Russia, a perfect dictatorship that poisons its own dissidents, persecutes gays, and helped kill 500,000 Syrians, you're not being pro-human rights—you're just being anti-Israeli. pic.twitter.com/sl9fL9x9dH— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) December 25, 2017
Human rights are rights for all.
It remains to be seen how the fallout from this choice will affect Lorde's career. One thing is certain the struggle in the Middle East is a deeply passionate issue for the world at large that doesn't seem to an end on the horizon. Maybe one day.