The 21-year-old musician, known for her hit ‘Royals,’ will be making a stop in Israel this summer as she tours with her successful new album ‘Melodrama’
You are one of the most talented New Zealanders on the planet right now. Your music is incredible, your performance is amazing and your politics have always been an inspiration.
You are art.
I’m a huge fan and you are an icon for my 7 year old daughter.
What you do matters to many.
Which is why so many will beg you not to play in Israel in June of next year.
The cruelty and horror of the illegal apartheid occupation of the Palestinian people is an abomination that can only be shunned, it can not be entertained.
By playing in Israel, you are tacitly supporting their cultural genocide of the Palestinians.
Your strength has been in your melding of an ethical stance with creativity. You risk damaging that by tainting your art and reputation by playing Apartheid Israel.
Courage and leadership would be you announcing that on reflection you can’t play Israel until the Occupation ends.
I hope that becomes the case.