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Lorde cancels show in Israel in support of BDS

December 25, 2017 at 10:59 am

Pop star Lorde performing at Coachella in 2014 [Thomas Hawk/Flickr]

Pop star Lorde cancelled her planned concert in Israel in response to calls for her to respect the Palestinian call for boycott.

According to Israeli news reports, concert organisers confirmed on Sunday that the show was cancelled and tickets would be refunded

Lorde said in a statement:

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

While Israeli politicians bristled at the news of Lorde’s cancellation, fans and activists celebrated the news on Sunday

PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, thanked Lorde for listening to her fans

Lorde joins a growing number of high-profile artists and performers who have respected the call for boycott and called off or declined shows in Israel.

Read: Pop star Lorde considers cancelling Israel gig after boycott calls