An open letter to Lorde from the Ambassador of Israel to New Zealand


Dear Lorde,


It is regrettable that you have cancelled your concert in Tel Aviv and have disappointed all your fans in Israel.

Music is a wonderful language of tolerance and friendship, which brings people together. Your concert in Israel could have spread the message that

solutions come from constructive engagement that leads to compromise and cooperation. Music should unite not divide and your performance in Israel could have contributed to the spirit of hope and peace in the Middle East.

Boycott and hate on the other hand, represents hostility and intolerance and I was sorry to see that you have succumbed to the supporters of a small fanatic group of BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) movement that denies the right of the State of Israel to exist and spreads hatred and animosity.

I invite you to meet me in person to discuss Israel, its achievements and its role as the only democracy in the Middle East.




Dr Itzhak Gerberg


Dr. Itzhak Gerberg serves as Ambassador of Israel to New Zealand and Non-Resident to Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga.