Photo Credit: Asher Schwartz

New Zealand singer Lorde decided to participate in the boycott of Israel in December of 2017, after giving in to pressure from BDS and other anti-Israel musicians, and canceled her planned performance in Tel Aviv.

She may now find herself boycotted in return, in parts of the US.

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Florida Republican state representative Randy Fine is trying to strengthen a 2016 Florida law that, according to the Tampa Bay Times, “bans any contracts of more than $1 million with companies that protest Israel.”

Fine wants it to include any contracts regardless of value, and he expects the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority and the Tampa Sports Authority to comply with the current law and cancel Lorde’s concerts.

Lorde
Lorde

Fine said, “Florida has no tolerance for anti-Semitism and boycotts intended to destroy the State of Israel. That’s why Florida passed groundbreaking anti-BDS legislation several years ago and why, along with Senator Jeff Brandes, I have proposed strengthening that legislation this year.

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.

The taxpayers of  Miami and Tampa should not have to facilitate bigotry and anti-Semitism, and I look forward to the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority and the Tampa Sports Authority complying with the law and cancelling these concerts.”

Lorde is scheduled to play in Tampa on April 11, and in Miami on April 12… or not.

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