Florida tries to cancel Lorde concert, citing anti-BDS law

Grammy-Award-winning New Zealand singer, songwriter, and record producer Lorde. (photo: Getty Images)

In December, Lorde cancelled a planned concert in Tel Aviv in support of BDS.

By Colin Wolf | Orlando Weekly | Feb 8, 2018

“Florida has no tolerance for anti-Semitism and boycotts intended to destroy the State of Israel. Current statutes are clear — local governments cannot do business with companies that participate in anti-Semitic boycotts of Israel. When Lorde joined the boycott in December, she and her companies became subject to that statute.”
— Florida State Representative Randy Fine

Last December, Grammy-award winning pop-singer Lorde canceled a planned concert in Tel Aviv after activists called for her to join what’s called the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement,” which campaigns for a global boycott of Israel until it withdraws from Palestinian territories.

“I have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” said Lorde in a statement. “I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”

Now, Republican state Rep. Randy Fine is trying to get Miami and Tampa to cancel Lorde’s upcoming shows, citing a state statute that prohibits businesses from conducting business over $1 million with any organization engaged in a boycott of Israel.

While Florida is only one of 20 states with measures in place to confront businesses that boycott Israel, Fine and Speaker Richard Corcoran are currently trying to bolster the current anti-BDS law and eliminate the $1 million threshold. Essentially if passed, any contract with a company boycotting Israel would be prohibited by law.

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