Lorde has admitted that she is considering cancelling a concert in Israel after the show’s announcement faced a fierce backlash from fans.
The ‘Melodrama’ singer, 21, responded on Twitter after an open letter called for her to cancel a show in Tel Aviv next June.
Her fans have argued that the concert would act as an endorsement of Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
“Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too”, Lorde wrote on Twitter.
The open letter was penned by two fans in Lorde’s native New Zealand – Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab who are respectively Jewish and Palestinian.
“A performance in Israel sends the wrong message. Playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation,” the pair wrote.
“Such an effect cannot be undone by even the best intention and the best music.”
They also cited how Elvis Costello cancelled his 2010 shows in Israel in protest at the treatment of Palestinians.
Earlier this year, both Radiohead and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds faced backlash after they defied their critics to play shows in Tel Aviv.
One of the leading voices of dissent in both instances came from Pink Floyd icon Roger Waters, who has been outspoken in his criticism of Israel.
“We hurl our glasses into the fire of your arrogant unconcern, and smash our bracelets on the rock of your implacable indifference”, Waters said.
Cave later accused Waters of attempting to “censor and silence musicians”.