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Lorde 'Bigot' for Canceling Israel Concert, Rabbi Says

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Lorde presents Peking Duck with the ARIA for Song of The Year during the 31st Annual ARIA Awards 2017 at The Star on Nov. 28, 2017, in Sydney, Australia. (Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images for ARIA)

By    |   Wednesday, 03 January 2018 05:19 PM

Prominent U.S. conservative Rabbi Shmuley Boteach called New Zealand singer Lorde a “bigot” in a full page ad he placed in The Washington Post on Dec. 31 as a response to her canceling a planned concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

The singer decided to cancel the summer 2018 show in late December, saying in a statement, “I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”

After a prolonged effort to ask the singer to reconsider, Boteach placed the ad, which read in part “21 is young to become a bigot” and said that Lorde was part of a “global anti-Semitic boycott of Israel.” Boteach also pointed out in the ad that she performed in Russia even though Russian President Vladimir Putin supported the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, which has led to the killing of 500,000 people in that country. 

The ad also accused New Zealand of “growing prejudice against the Jewish State,” which it said is “trickling down to its youth.”

New Zealand has repeatedly voted against Israel and was one of many nations that voted to condemn the U.S. for resolving to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there.

Many performers have boycotted Israel as part of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, which attempts to use economic means to change Israeli policy toward Palestinians.

Actor Roseanne Barr also called Lorde a “bigot” in a tweet that has since been deleted.

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A Dec. 31 Washington Post ad placed by prominent U.S. conservative Rabbi Shmuley Boteach called New Zealand singer Lorde a "bigot" in response to her canceling a planned concert in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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