Kiwi musician Lorde has been called a bigot and New Zealand has been accused of prejudice against Israel in an advertisement run by The Washington Post newspaper.
The full-page ad, featured on page five of the paper’s New Year’s Eve edition, was placed in response to the 21-year-old hit-maker’s decision to cancel a concert in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.
Lorde said her decision to cancel the show, scheduled for June 2018, was sparked by an open letter written by two New Zealand fans – one an Israeli, the other a Palestinian – who argued the concert would show support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
The advertisement was taken out by This World: The Values Network, an organisation headed by outspoken rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who calls himself “America’s Rabbi”.
The pro-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement also criticised the singer’s decision.