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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Lorde cancels Tel Aviv concert following Jerusalem recognition

The singers June concert will no longer go ahead

The singer Lorde has cancelled her Tel Aviv concert. Kevin Winter / Getty Images for Radio.com / AFP
The singer Lorde has cancelled her Tel Aviv concert. Kevin Winter / Getty Images for Radio.com / AFP

Pop star Lorde has cancelling a planned concert in Israel after fans of the New Zealand singer sent her an open letter asking her not to fulfil her commitment to play in Tel Aviv, according to local press.

In an email, the organisers of the June concert said the New Zealand born singer would be posting a message on Twitter to explain her reasons for the decision.

The letter sent to the star reads: “We're two young women, one Jewish, one Palestinian... we feel strongly about this” and the pair say that the gig would show support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Justine Sachs, who is Jewish, and Palestinian Nadia Abu-Shanab told the singer that: “A performance in Israel sends the wrong message. 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.”

The letter was sent after American president Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which sparked protests across the Middle East and beyond.

The UN general assembly voted to denounce Donald Trump’s move on Thursday.

Lorde responded on Twitter to her fans, saying: “Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too 🌸”

The decision follows a recent tradition of shows being cancelled due to the situation in Israel. Elvis Costello pulled out of two gigs in 2010 over the treatment of Palestinians.