After Intense Pressure And Calls To Boycott, Lorde Cancels Recently-Announced Israel Concert

After Intense Pressure And Calls To Boycott, Lorde Cancels Recently-Announced Israel Concert

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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. 












This is a decision Lorde is going to carry for awhile. And it raises a few other questions. 










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.

H/T : Twitter, The Huffington Post

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