Lorde Called A Bigot

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach wrote a full page ad for The Washington Post criticizing the pop star for canceling a concert in Tel Aviv. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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“A full-page advert has been placed in the Washington Post calling Lorde a bigot, a week after the New Zealand-born singer cancelled a concert in Israel.

The ad, in the 31 December edition of the newspaper, was placed by outspoken rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s This World: The Values Network and criticises the 21-year-old for joining “a global antisemitic boycott of Israel” while still performing in Russia.

It features a large photo of the singer superimposed over a picture of men running through rubble cradling babies, with the headline: “Lorde and New Zealand ignore Syria to attack Israel.”

Last month the Grammy award winner cancelled a concert scheduled in Tel Aviv for June after criticism from activists in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.

The decision also came after an open letter written by two New Zealanders argued the concert would show support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

“I 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 wrote at the time. “I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”

The ad says Lorde’s decision showed how a “growing prejudice against the Jewish state” in New Zealand was “trickling down to its youth”.

It cites 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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