Florida politician calls for cancellation of Lorde concert following Israel boycott

Lorde is reportedly violating a law prohibiting business with organisations that boycott Israel.

Following a cancellation of a show in Tel Aviv, Israel, Lorde has come under fire from a Florida politician calling for the cancellation of her concerts, citing a 2016 law.

The New Zealand singer was due to perform in Tel Aviv on June 5, but announced on Christmas Eve the show was cancelled after facing a backlash from fans. They argued the concert would act as an endorsement of Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Now, a politician from Florida is calling for Lorde’s performances in Florida to be cancelled. As Florida Today report, a 2016 law prohibits the state from doing business that exceeds $1 million with any organisations or parties that boycott Israel. State Representative Randy Fine is asking venues across Miami and Tampa to call off the scheduled performances from Lorde in April.

In a statement released over Facebook, Randy Fine said: “Florida has no tolerance for anti-Semitism and boycotts intended to destroy the state of Israel. When Lorde joined the boycott in December, she and her companies became subject to that statute.”

“The taxpayers of Miami and Tampa should not have to facilitate bigotry and anti-Semitism, and I look forward to the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority and the Tampa Sports Authority complying with the law and cancelling these concerts”.

However, the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations has launched a campaign against the cancellation of the concerts. As Pitchfork report, the concerts are still set to take place.

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Last month on stage in New York, Lorde was heckled by an audience member for her decision to cancel her performance in Tel Aviv.