Eran Arielli, owner and founder of concert organizer Naranjah, which promoted the June show, confirmed the cancellation on Sunday.
“The truth is that I was naive to think that an artist of her age can withstand the pressure involved in coming to Israel, and I take full responsibility and ask the forgiveness of fans, admirers, and other dreamers,” Arielli wrote on Facebook.
“I have no complains about her, and beyond that, my opinion of her has not changed one millimeter,” Arielli said.
Lorde is expected to clarify her decision on Twitter, he said. News of the cancellation followed an exchange the New Zealand pop star had online with activists and fans who expressed disappointment that her Melodrama World Tour would stop in Tel Aviv.
Fellow New Zealanders, Jewish activist Justine Sachs and Palestinian activist Nadia Abu-Shanab, penned an open letter last week
calling for Lorde to cancel her show. The letter mentioned US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
and labeled the Israeli government’s policies “occupation and apartheid” against the Palestinian people.
“In this context, a performance in Israel sends the wrong message,” the activists wrote. “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.”
Lorde responded on Twitter to a user who shared the letter: “Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me I am learning all the time too.”
Activists have sought to economically and culturally isolate Israel since 2005, when a coalition of 170 organizations from Palestinian civil society
called on “people of conscience” to employ non-violent tactics to pressure Israel into ending its military control of Palestinian territories and comply with international law in its treatment of Palestinians.
The BDS movement is modeled after a similar campaign in the 1970s and 80s to end apartheid rule in South Africa.
In response to the movement, numerous writers, artists and musicians have canceled events in Israel or declared their support for a cultural boycott. Among them are Lauryn Hill, Roger Waters, Gil Scott-Heron and Elvis Costello