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Brian Eno, Roger Waters, Talib Kweli & More Sign Letter of Support For Lorde’s Israel Concert Cancellation

January 7, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

A group of over 100 artists have signed a letter of public support for Lorde after she cancelled her concert in Israel. A group that includes Brian Eno, Roger Waters, Talib Kweli, John Cusack, Peter Gabriel, Viggo Mortensen and more signed onto a letter posted to The Guardian supporting the pop singer’s decision to cancel her June show in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Lorde cancelled the show after several people called for a boycott of the country due to a shift in the US’ policy in the balance between Israel and Palestinians. The decision led Shmuley Boteach to take out a full-page ad in the Washington Post calling her a “bigot” and accusing her of prejudice against the country.

The letter states, “We write in support of Lorde, who made public her decision not to perform in Israel and has now been branded a bigot in a full page advertisement in the Washington Post (Report, 1 January). Shmuley Boteach, the author and promoter of the advert, supports Israel’s illegal settlements and wrote last month on Breitbart to thank Donald Trump for “electrifying the world” with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in defiance of international law. He has nothing to teach artists about human rights. We deplore the bullying tactics being used to defend injustice against Palestinians and to suppress an artist’s freedom of conscience. We support Lorde’s right to take a stand.”