Lorde’s artistic right to cancel gig in Tel Aviv

More than a hundred well-known writers, actors, directors and musicians pledge their support for the singer Lorde, who has decided not to perform in Israel

We write in support of Lorde, who made public her decision not to perform in Israel and has now been branded a bigot in a full page advertisement in the Washington Post (Report, 1 January).

Shmuley Boteach, the author and promoter of the advert, supports Israel’s illegal settlements and wrote last month on Breitbart to thank Donald Trump for “electrifying the world” with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in defiance of international law.

He has nothing to teach artists about human rights. We deplore the bullying tactics being used to defend injustice against Palestinians and to suppress an artist’s freedom of conscience. We support Lorde’s right to take a stand.

Tubde Adebimpe Musician
Adjoa Andoh Actor
Julie Christie Actor
Caryl Churchill Playwright
Dominic Cooke Director
Kia Corthron Playwright
Molly Crabapple Artist
John Cusack Actor
Cherien Dabis Film and TV director
William Dalrymple Writer
Angela Davis Writer
David Edgar Playwright
Brian Eno Musician
Eve Ensler Playwright
Shepard Fairey Artist
Bella Freud Designer
Peter Gabriel Musician
Lisa Gerrard Composer
Tom Gilroy Director
David Gray Musician
Kathleen Hanna Musician
AL Kennedy Writer
Jonathan Kent Opera and theatre director
Hari Kunzru Writer
Talib Kweli Musician
David Lan Artistic director, Young Vic
Ken Loach Film director
Miriam Margolyes Actor
Yann Martel Writer
Emel Mathlouthi Musician
Viggo Mortensen Actor
Tom Morello Musician
David Morrissey Actor
Peter Mullan Actor
Maxine Peake Actor
Jocelyn Pook Composer
Mark Ruffalo Actor
Alexei Sayle Comedian
James Schamus Screenwriter
Gillian Slovo Writer
Ahdaf Soueif Writer
Juliet Stevenson Actor
Alice Walker Writer
Roger Waters Musician
Benjamin Zephaniah Poet
and 56 others full list at http://artistsforpalestine.org.uk/2018/01/05/leading-artists-stand-with-lorde/