05:33 GMT24 October 2020
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    After announcing a show in Tel Aviv, New Zealand performer Lorde faced a strong criticism from fans and activists.

    New Zealand pop star Lorde has canceled her concert in Tel Aviv amid strong pressure from supporters of a boycott of Israel over its occupation of Palestine. The decision was made after what the singer deemed as her "learning all the time" and "considering all options" available to her.

    "I've received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show," Lorde said as quoted by Naranjah, the Israeli promoters of her show.

    The singer has apologized for her decision, adding that she hoped "one day we can all dance."

    "We forgive Lorde and wish her a successful tour in Russia and the US," Naranjah stated as a response to Lorde's decision.

    Lorde's decision immediately sparked a reaction in social media.

    BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, which is believed to be behind the pressure on Lorde, is aiming to end Israel's occupation of the West Bank, while the Israeli authorities regard the group as a threat and accuse it of anti-Semitism.

    Earlier this year, the movement failed to convince Radiohead to cancel their show in Tel Aviv.


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