Israel Ambassador Wants To Meet Lorde In Person

Read Dr. Itzkah Gerberg’s open letter to Lorde following her cancelled Tel Aviv show.

By WKBW on December 28, 2017
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After cancelling her Tel Aviv show on June 5 due to the cultural boycott, Israel ambassador to New Zealand requests an in-person meeting with Lorde.

Dr. Itzkah Gerberg wrote an open letter on Facebook to the young singer-songwriter:

“It is regrettable that you have canceled your concert in Tel Aviv and have disappointed all your fans in Israel. 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. Boycott and hate, on the other hand, represents hostility and intolerance, and I was sorry to see that you have succumbed to the supporters of a small fanatic group of BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) movement that denies the right of the State of Israel to exist and spreads hatred and animosity. I invite you to meet me in person to discuss Israel, its achievements and its role as the only democracy in the Middle East.”

27 December 2017An open letter to Lorde by the Ambassador of Israel to New ZealandDear Lorde,It is regrettable…

Posted by Israel in New Zealand on Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Lorde’s scheduled concert and eventual cancellation caused controversy following a statement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A call that lead to deadly riots in Gaza. Lorde is not the first artist to cancel a show in Israel due to pressure from the BDS, reports Rolling Stone. Although there have also been artists who have continued to play scheduled shows in Israel amid the protests, such as Radiohead.

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