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A Rabbi Just Took Out A Full-Page Ad Against Lorde, And Called Her Anti-Semitic

Celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach --a Breitbart News contributor-- has labeled award winning 21 year old musician Lorde a "bigot" in a can't miss full-page ad in the Washington Post. This is in response to the singer's canceling of a 2018 concert in Tel-Aviv. 

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".

Israel in New Zealand/Facebook

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.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach/Facebook

The Rabbi's response was given some vocal support. 

In the end Lorde's decision has been met with controversy but also with an abundance of encouragement and the Rabbi not as much.

At the moment Lorde has yet to respond but, it's pretty clear Rabbi Shmuley has no plans on being quiet.

H/T : Buzzfeed, Twitter