Last week Lorde released a statement announcing her decision to cancel her stop in Israel after mounting pressure from pro-Palestinian protesters who wrote an online letter to the singer detailing Israel's mistreatment of Palestinians. In her letter the "Royals" singer said :
"hey guys, so about this israel show – i’ve received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and 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. i pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and i had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in tel aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit i didn’t make the right call on this one. tel aviv, it’s been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and i’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. i hope one day we can all dance. L x"
This has caused quite a stir worldwide. First the ambassador of Israel to New Zealand, Itzhak Gerberg, responded with his own letter, inviting her to "meet me in person to discuss Israel, its achievements and its role as the only democracy in the Middle East".
Now Orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, from New Jersey, and whose claim to fame is being a spiritual adviser to Michael Jackson, took out an ad to clapback at the Grammy winner for canceling on Israel while still choosing to perform in Russia.
Lorde wasn't the only one called out in the Rabbi's ad. He took a very heavy handed swipe at Lorde's country of birth, New Zealand.
As reported by BuzzFeed, the ad blasts "New Zealand's choice to vote in favor of a UN resolution, signed by 127 countries, that called for the US to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."
He also cites New Zealand's co-sponsorship of a UN resolution which "condemned Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory," as a hostility towards Israel.
The Rabbi also took time out of his New Year's Eve festivities to continue his campaign in a viral video for Facebook.
The Rabbi's response was given some vocal support.
should have mentioned New Zealand early history of colonialism and Russia’s other occupations around the world that she has no issue with— E (@MeyerLansky718) December 31, 2017
Good on you for highlighting the hypocrisy of Lorde. She obviously doesn’t know the facts around Israel & how they r the true owners of Israel & Jerusalem.I’m disappointed in her but give her a chance she’s only young hopefully she will research the truth now.unlike my Aus Gov😡— Sharon (@Shazmcduff777) January 1, 2018
In the end Lorde's decision has been met with controversy but also with an abundance of encouragement and the Rabbi not as much.
Picking on a young woman and name calling is generally beneath honorable people. Humility surely is a blessing, but arrogance you must find, is a curse. Lorde is so much more than shallow people will know! God bless her.— Chrissie Small (@ChrissieSmall) January 1, 2018
In 2018 we are only listening to Lorde and voicing our feelings— Jacob Howle (@jacobhowle) December 30, 2017