Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, known as “America’s Rabbi,” took out a full-page ad against New Zealand singer Lorde in the Washington Post, saying, “21 is young to become a bigot.”
New Zealand pop star Lorde, who recently announced she was canceling her concert in Israel after buckling to pressure by anti-Israel activists, has come under fire on Sunday in a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post that blasted her for joining “a global anti-Semitic boycott of Israel.”
The ad, taken out by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s “This World: The Values Network,” features a photo of the singer superimposed on Israeli flags in Jerusalem on the right and, on the left, on men running through rubble cradling babies in Syria. The headline reads, “Lorde and New Zealand ignore Syria to attack Israel.”
The World Values Network’s stated mission is to disseminate universal Jewish values in politics, culture, and media.
“While Lorde claims to be concerned with human rights, she hypocritically chose to proceed with her two concerts in Putin’s Russia, despite his support for [Syrian president Bashar] Assad’s genocidal regime,” the ad charges.
The ad calls for action, saying, “let’s boycott the boycotters and tell Lorde and her fellow bigots that Jew-hatred has no place in the 21st century.”
The words “21 is young to become a bigot” are written in bold across the page.
The ad also accuses New Zealand of anti-Semitism because it voted in December in favor of a Palestinian-sponsored United Nations (UN) resolution calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Jewish Council of New Zealand and the Zionist Federation of New Zealand, as well as a number of public figures, also slammed Lorde for acquiescing to BDS activists. Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand, Itzhak Gerberg, said that Lorde has “succumbed to the supporters of a small fanatic group” and invited the singer to meet him in person and learn about the true facts surrounding Israel and her harmful actions.