Is Lorde canceling Israel concert?

Singer responds to critics on Twitter that she's 'considering all options' but local organizers say the show will go on.

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December 22, 2017 13:20
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Lorde performs in Britain

Lorde performs on the Other Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain. (photo credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS)

 
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New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde may be considering canceling her upcoming concert in Tel Aviv – just a few days after it was announced.

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 ——->.”

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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.




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.”


Concert organizers in Israel said on Friday that Lorde was not considering canceling in any way.

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“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-

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