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Published 3 January 2018

The 21-year-old singer was criticized and insulted after her decision to call off her show in Tel Aviv.

A full-page black and white ad in The Washington Post Sunday called the New Zealand singer Lorde a “bigot” and accused her of joining “a global anti-semitic boycott of Israel”, after her decision to cancel a scheduled show in Israel's capital Tel Aviv.

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The ad was placed by a pro-Israel organization called The World Values Network, led by the U.S.-based rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and published under the title “Lorde and New Zealand: Ignore Syria to Attack Israel.”

The ad then goes further and states that “21 is young to become a bigot”, questioning also her decision to perform in Russia, “despite Putin's support for Assad's genocide in Syria,” referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

It also criticized New Zealand's decision to vote in favour of the United Nations last resolution calling on the U.S. to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The New Zealand singer canceled her show after two fans wrote an open letter asking her not to perform in Israel, as that would be seen as supporting the policies of Israel and its occupation of Palestine.

Her decision to cancel the show was celebrated by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement, or BDS,  and its supporters but she has been the target of heavy criticism from Israeli politicians and media. 

Israel's Ambassador to New Zealand, Itzhak Gerberg, also wrote an open letter to the star, saying that her concert in Tel Aviv “could have spread the message that solutions come from constructive engagement that leads to compromise and cooperation.”


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