Israel's envoy to New Zealand will meet with Lorde regarding show cancelation

Actress and comedienne Roseanne Barr called for a boycott against "bigot" singer Lorde (above) after she canceled a concert in Israel following pressure from left-wing activists.

Two activists from New Zealand, one Palestinian and one Jewish, wrote an open letter to Lorde decrying the treatment of Palestinians.

The Israeli concert promoter responded to the cancellation: "We forgive her".

She said the backlash has solidified her conviction that she made the right decision in writing the letter, and that those threatening her are bullies trying to silence her.

In an official statement, the "Royals" singer said that after reading an "overwhelming" number of messages and letters as well as several discussions with various people, she has chose to cancel her show.

"If you canceled your concert in Israel, an imperfect liberal democracy, but not in Russian Federation, a flawless dictatorship that poisons its own dissidents, persecutes gays, and helped kill 500,000 Syrians, you're not being pro-human rights - you're just being anti-Israeli". 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 a year ago.

The New Zealand singer last Monday announced a Tel Aviv concert slated for next year before cancelling it less than a week later, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Lorde said that after having "lots of discussions" about the matter, "I'm not too proud to admit I didn't make the right call on this one" in first scheduling the concert.

She ended the statement with an apology and a hope that she could one day perform in Israel. She added that she has always dreamed about visiting Tel Aviv and that she is "truly sorry" that she has upset her Israeli fans.

"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", the activists wrote.

The New Zealand singer added that it had always been a dream of hers to play in the city, and that she hoped in the future "we can all dance".

The singer's cancellation has also drawn criticisms though.

Israel's culture minister says she hopes Lorde will reconsider.

  • Kyle Peterson