The New Zealand Jewish Council has distanced itself from a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post, which calls singer Lorde a bigot and accuses New Zealand of prejudice against Israel.
The ad, which was taken out by outspoken Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s This World: The Values Network, comes after criticism prompted the 21-year-old to cancel an upcoming concert in Tel Aviv. [Read more about the ad here.]
It says she’s joining a global anti-Semitic boycott of Israel but still performing in Russia.
The ad features a large photo of the singer superimposed over a picture of men running through rubble cradling babies with the headline “Lorde and New Zealand ignore Syria to attack Israel”.
Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses says the advertisment does not promote education or understanding. She’s disappointed Lorde cancelled her show, but says the singer shouldn’t be bullied for doing so.
Read the full article on the NZ Herald here.