Pro-Israel Rabbi Calls Lorde “Bigot” For Canceling Concert In Israel
A pro-Israel organisation took out a full-page ad in The Washington Post Sunday to attack Lorde and labbling her a "bigot" after cancelling Israeli concert.

The US celebrity rabbi Shmuley Boteach accused the New Zealand government of “prejudice” for supporting a UN resolution last year which condemned continued Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory and caused a six-month diplomatic rift with Israel.

In the ad which was headlined “Lorde and New Zealand ignore Syria and attack Israel”, the pro-Israel organsiation This World also wrote: “21 is young to be a bigot,” in reference to Lorde’s age.

Last week, the singer proclaimed that she cancelled a June concert in Israel in Tel Aviv in response to criticism from activists in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.

Lorde’s decision came after an open letter written by two New Zealand fans argued her concert would show support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine. She said that she received an “overwhelming number of messages and letters” from her fans, urging her to reconsider.

The ad reads: “Let’s boycott the boycotters and tell Lorde and her fellow bigots that Jew-hatred has no place in the twenty-first century.”

The advertisement also referred to New Zealand’s choice in December to vote, along with 127 countries, in favour of a UN resolution calling for the US to withdraw its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs, two New Zealand activists wrote an open letter to Lorde: “Today, millions of people stand opposed to the Israeli government’s policies of oppression, ethnic cleansing, human rights violations, occupation and apartheid. As part of this struggle, we believe that an economic, intellectual and artistic boycott is an effective way of speaking out against these crimes. This worked very effectively against apartheid in South Africa, and we hope it can work again.”

The World Values Network was founded by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Boteach’s book Kosher Jesus saw him accused of heresy by some other rabbis.

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