New Zealand pop singer Lorde cancelled her upcoming concert in Israel on Sunday after facing criticism from the BDS movement. The show was slated to take place at the Tel Aviv Convention Centre on June.
The production company responsible for her show released a statement, saying: "Unfortunately, Lorde's concert planned for July has been cancelled. Refunds for concert tickets will be provided within 14 business days."
On Friday, the "Royals" singer replied to an open letter, published on New Zealand website The Spinoff on Thursday, asking her to "join the artistic boycott of Israel" by pulling out of her upcoming performance in Tel Aviv.
"Noted! Been speaking with many people about this and considering all options. Thank you for educating me. I am learning all the time too," the 21-year-old wrote on Twitter.
Jewish New Zealander Justine Sachs and Palestinian New Zealander Nadia abu-Shanab argued in their letter that "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."
"Such an effect cannot be undone by even the best intention and the best music," they added.