Lorde may cancel Israel gig after letter from fans

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Lorde says she may cancel a concert in Tel Aviv after reading an open letter from fans.

The letter starts “We’re two young women, one Jewish, one Palestinian… we feel strongly about this”.

They argue the concert would show support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Lorde says she has been speaking to various people about what she should do.

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Lorde’s June concert in Israel was brought into question by two fans from her home country of New Zealand.

Justine Sachs, who is Jewish, and Palestinian Nadia Abu-Shanab wrote an open letter to the singer saying: “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 comes after Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which sparked protests across the Middle East.

Israelis and Palestinians have been in conflict for years over who owns Jerusalem.

The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to denounce Donald Trump’s move on Thursday.

Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too 🌸

This isn’t the first time a show has been cancelled because of the situation in Israel.

British musician Elvis Costello pulled out of two gigs in 2010 over the treatment of Palestinians.

At the time he said: “There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.”

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