Juliet Moses, head of the Jewish Council of New Zealand, criticized those who pressured Lorde to cancel her Israel concert, pointing out their hypocrisy. "We asked Lorde to not break the boycott and to not support the occupation of Palestinian lands, the destruction of Palestinian lands, homes and lives and I am proud of her fearless response that testifies that she has an open progressive mind, is concerned about social justice", Sachs told Walla.
"Music is a wonderful language of tolerance and friendship, which brings people together", he wrote.
"I've received an overwhelming number of messages & 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 my show". She called the young singer a "bigot".
The nonviolent BDS movement says it is inspired by the campaign that targeted South Africa's apartheid regime and is seeking an end to Israel's brutal occupation of the West Bank. "And I have done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I'm not proud to admit I didn't make the right call on this one".
'I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show.
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Other major stars, such as Elton John, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, the Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber and Rihanna have performed in recent years in Israel. Waters has said he's been called a Nazi and anti-Semite for his stance.
Responding to that piece last Thursday, Lorde said she had "been speaking w many people about this and considering all options".
Lorde felt pressure at home, too, to cancel the show.
"In this context, a performance in Israel sends the wrong message", they wrote.
Lorde announced the cancellation after pro-Palestinian fans in her native New Zealand criticised her.
"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", campaigners Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, wrote on news website The Spinoff. "Such an effect can not be undone by even the best intention and the best music". The letter reached Lorde and prompted her to tweet that she would reconsider.