This summer, the people of Israel were going to be given the opportunity to see pop singer Lorde perform at the Tel Aviv Convention Center. That opportunity no longer exists. The New Zealander will instead be honoring requests by BDS activists to cancel the show because it would “be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation.”
It only took a week for them to pressure her after announcing the concert on Tuesday.
“Sadly we must announce the cancellation of Lorde’s concert in Israel that was scheduled for June,” concert producer Naranjah said in a statement. It added that the reason for the cancellation would be clarified by the singer herself on Twitter. Lorde has yet to post anything on social media about the cancellation.
Organizers said anyone who already purchased a ticket will be reimbursed.
One of the founders of production company Naranjah, Eran Arieli, took responsibility for the mistake of believing an artist as young as 21-year-old Lorde could face the pressure of performing in Israel. Any artist that attempts to do so is instantly attacked by those who do not want Israel to exist.
“She doesn’t deserve this s***,” Arieli said.
At a time when most of the world is against Israel, it will take brave people in power as well as those with a wide voice to stand up for the only true democracy in the Middle East. Lorde, it seems, isn’t ready to take on that mantle. Let’s just hope she doesn’t head in the opposite direction and start joining the populist chorus of voices speaking out against the Jewish state.