Lorde’s cancelled Israel concert: New Zealand Council “disappointed”

December 25, 2017 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Spokesperson for the New Zealand Jewish Council, Juliet Moses said ” We are deeply disappointed that Lorde has succumbed to a small but loud group of extremist bullies.”

Juliet Moses

Juliet Moses added: “Boycotts of Israel will not lead to peace. Those who advocate them are not interested in negotiations between the two sides to this conflict or a two-state solution.  By cancelling her show, Lorde has sided with those who support the isolation and demonization of the one Jewish state in the world.

She has ignored the moderate voices, including the vast majority of Jewish Kiwis, who believe in dialogue and co-existence, and the leading musicians like Radiohead, Nick Cave, Guns N Roses and Justin Bieber who have performed in Tel Aviv in the last year. She will still be performing in Russia, but no one accuses her of complicity with Putin, the occupation of the Crimea or chemical warfare in Syria.’

In a statement Lorde said that, “I’ve received an overwhelming number of messages and 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 the show. I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”

Chairman of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission Dvir Abramovich commented: “No, Lorde, has not made the right call on this one. We are deeply disappointed that instead of courageously rejecting the attempt by BDS and anti-Israel activists to single out Israelis for discrimination and to smear and delegitimise the Jewish state, Lorde has succumbed to a relentless campaign that uses malicious double standards to isolate and malign Israel.

Lorde                 Photo: Facebook

Lorde’s only ‘crime’ was that she wanted to share her singing prowess with the people of Israel—Jews, Muslims and Christians— in the only democracy in the Mid-east where artistic expression is thriving. Now, shamefully, that will not happen because she has given in to an extreme and biased movement whose hostility against Israel and its citizens is tainted by strong antisemitic undertones. This decision will only undermine efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians together and to advance dialogue.

The only way to move towards a two state solution is through cooperation, not cultural and economic vandalism that ultimately seeks to destroy the Jewish state. We urge Lorde to reverse her decision, and to stand up to pure hatred by using her talents to promote peace and tolerance in the Middle-East.”


2 Responses to “Lorde’s cancelled Israel concert: New Zealand Council “disappointed””
  1. Erica edelman says:

    Uneducated and easily lead
    Not worth giving her the time of day

  2. Leah Markus says:

    Lorde has obviously gone over to the Dark Side.

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