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Lorde cancels show in Israel following calls from fans

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New Zealand singer Lorde has decided to cancel her 2018 concert in Tel Aviv after calls to boycott Israel came from her fans, the singer said in a statement.

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 « .

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,

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.

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