Kiwi superstar Lorde reconsidering Israeli gig amid online criticism

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New Zealand singer Lorde says she's considering pulling out of a concert in Israel after a backlash from fans.

Pro-Palestine groups have begged Lorde not to play in Tel Aviv next year.
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The 21-year-old songstress responded to fans on Twitter after an open letter called for her to cancel her June show in Tel Aviv.

They argued it would show support for Israel's occupation of Palestine.

"Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too," Lorde tweeted.

Two fans in New Zealand - Justine Sachs, who is Jewish, and Palestinian Nadia Abu-Shanab - wrote the open letter on website The Spinoff.

"A performance in Israel sends the wrong message. Playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation," they wrote.

"Such an effect cannot be undone by even the best intention and the best music."

They quoted British songwriter Elvis Costello who previously cancelled an Israeli show in protest over the treatment of Palestinians.

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