On Monday, Lorde posted on Twitter that she was planning a tour, including a stop in Israel, writing: “MOSCOW * ST. PETERSBURG * TEL AVIV * LET’S DANCE ——->.”
MOSCOW ST. PETERSBURG TEL AVIV LET’S DANCE ——-> https://t.co/xNJ30GPtaQ— Lorde (@lorde) December 18, 2017
But dozens of fans responded negatively to the news, with many predictably urging her to cancel the show in Tel Aviv and support the boycott of Israel.
Don't play Israel. Over fifty years of occupation and relentless military rule. Don't normalize oppression.
— Jim Benham (@JKBenham) December 22, 2017
@lorde pretty disappointed you’re going to break the boycott lines against apartheid Israel especially when they are unrelentingly killing kids and double amputees for things like waving a flag. #bds #freepalestine
— Yasin (@Yasin0424) December 19, 2017
After two women wrote an open letter to the singer, urging her not to play, Lorde responded on Twitter that she was “considering all options.”
“Noted!” she wrote on in response to the letter. “Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too.”
Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too
— Lorde (@lorde) December 21, 2017
Concert organizers in Israel said on Friday that Lorde was not considering canceling in any way.
“We are in constant and close contact with the artist’s representatives,” a press representative for the show said. “The performance will be taking place as promised and the ticket sales are in full swing.”
The letter – written by New Zealand activists Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab and posted on the New Zealand website Spinoff – said, “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. Such an effect cannot be undone by even the best intention and the best music.”
While many acts face pressure to cancel shows here, Tel Aviv has also been the site of some huge concerts over the past few years, including ones by Elton John, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Guns N’ Roses, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Radiohead and many more.
Lorde is scheduled to play in Tel Aviv’s Convention Center on June 5. The 21-year-old is best known for her international hits, including “Royals,” “Team” and “Yellow Flicker Beat.”
None of Lorde’s fans appeared to have a problem with her performing in Russia, a country with a spotty-