Why Israel’s Ambassador To New Zealand Wants To Meet With Lorde

“Music should unite not divide.”

Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand has something to say to Lorde.

Regarding the singer’s decision to pull out of her show in Tel Aviv back in May, ambassador Itzhak Gerberg has posted an open letter on Facebook this week, describing Lorde’s decision as “regrettable.”

Gerberg goes on to say, “Music is a wonderful language of tolerance and friendship, which brings people together. Your concert in Israel could have spread the message that solutions come from constructive engagement that leads to compromise and cooperation. Music should unite not divide and your performance in Israel could have contributed to the spirit of hope and peace in the Middle East.”

It has been believed that the 21-year-old Grammy winner was pressured by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to cancel her show. BDS is a global campaign attempting to increase economic and political pressure on Israel to end what it describes as violations of international law. The BDS campaign calls for “various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law.” 

BDS have expressed that artists who play in Israeli venues are “helping to create false impression that Israel is a normal country like any other.” It’s been widely believed that Lorde was pressured by pro-Palestinian activists on The Spinoff  a New Zealand website – to pull out of her Tel Aviv show in May.

According to Jerusalem Post, Lorde pulled the plug on her show on Christmas Eve, citing

“I 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’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”

Back in 2015, Lauryn Hill also cancelled her show in Israel and Elvis Costello also cancelled his performances in 2010.

Despite cancelling her show, Lorde is still excited to visit Israel in the future:

“Tel Aviv, it’s been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.”

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