Organizers confirmed to the Jerusalem Post that Lorde had canceled the show, scheduled for the Tel Aviv Convention Centre on June 5th as part of her 2018 world tour.
According to a statement by Lorde, shared on Twitter by Israeli journalist Amy Spiro, the latter claims to have received an « overwhelming number of messages and letters » and discussed with people « holding many view, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show « .
OK I'll keep going: Elton John, Morrissey, One Republic, James Blunt, Boy George, Robbie Williams, Queen featuring Adam Lambert, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Rod Stewart. Who wants to guess how many I was at?
— Amy Spiro (@AmySpiro) December 24, 2017
Following the official announcement of the cancellation, the Israeli Minister of Culture issued a statement in which she said: « Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine,’ like the title of your first album, be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations. »
Lorde was initially asked to reconsider her Tel Aviv concert in a December 20th open letter co-written by two of her New Zealand fans, one Jewish , Justine Sachs, and the other Palestinian, Nadia Abu -Shanab, made him think. Lorde tweeted in response to the open letter,
Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too 🌸
— Lorde (@lorde) December 21, 2017
Lorde becomes the latest artist to cancel an Israel concert following pressure from the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, joining Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Thurston Moore, Lauryn Hill and more.