Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand has invited Lorde to meet him after she cancelled her concert in Tel Aviv.

On Christmas Day Lorde cancelled a concert scheduled for Israel in June after criticism from activists in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Her decision also came after an open letter written by two New Zealand fans on website The Spinoff argued the concert would show support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Israeli ambassador to New Zealand Itzhak Gerberg on Tuesday night (NZT) extended an invitation to the 21-year-old musician.

“By succumbing to the hateful agenda of the few who support BDS you encourage animosity in the region,” he said on Twitter, asking her to meet him in person to discuss the issue.

“Music should unite not divide.”

The Jewish Council of New Zealand earlier said that, in succumbing to pressure to call off the concert, Lorde had made a political statement.

Variety reported Israeli culture minister Miri Regev wrote: “Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine,’ like the title of your first album, be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations.”


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