On December 18, singer Lorde announced via Twitter that she would be performing in St. Petersburg on May 29, Moscow on May 31, and Tel Aviv on June 5.
Within minutes of the tweet, the singer was hit with backlash over her decision to perform in Israel:
A pair of New Zealanders, Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, even wrote an open letter to Lorde, urging her not to perform in Israel. Sachs "co-founded Dayenu: New Zealand Jews Against Occupation in 2015," according to the letter.
Lorde even replied when someone shared the letter with her on Twitter:
There were also those who asked the singer to ignore the anti-Israel activists:
On Sunday, Lorde announced the cancellation of her concert in Tel Aviv:
Following the announcement, Israel’s Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said she hoped Lorde would change her mind:
I hope she reconsiders her decision. Lorde, I expect you to be a "pure heroine" like the title of your first album, a pure heroine of culture, devoid of any foreign political, not to mention delusional, considerations.
Lorde’s first album, “Pure Heroine," was released in 2013, and sold over 1,000,000 copies in under five months. Her sophomore effort, "Melodrama," debuted in June, landing at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.