The New Zealand Jewish Council is distancing itself from a full-page ad taken out in the Washington Post by a pro-Israel group calling singer Lorde a 'bigot' and criticising New Zealand's stance on Israel.
The ad, funded by The World Values Network, in the December 31 paper, headlined "Lorde and New Zealand ignore Syria to attack Israel", slams the Green Light singer for cancelling a planned show in Tel Aviv.
It said she's a bigot and a hypocrite for cancelling her show in Tel Aviv, yet still planning to play in Russia, despite what the ad describes as its litany of human rights abuses.
"Tragically, New Zealand's growing prejudice against the Jewish State seems to be trickling down to its youth," it said.
"Let's boycott the boycotters and tell Lorde and her fellow bigots that Jew-hatred has no place in the twenty-first-century."
Lorde cancelled the show after receiving backlash and getting what she said was an overwhelming number of calls.
"I've received an overwhelming number of messages and letters and 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," she said.
"I'm not too proud to admit I didn't make the right call on this one. I'm truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you."
The ad also criticises New Zealand's sponsorship of a UN resolution condemning Jewish settlements in occupied territories and the vote denouncing America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
On Monday, the Jewish Council said they are "disappointed with Lorde's decision to cancel her show after pressure from the discriminatory BDS movement and invite Lorde to continue learning about the region."
However, the New Zealand Jewish Council said the ad doesn't promote understanding or engagement.
It also distances itself from what it calls inflammatory and aggressive material from Palestinian-led groups.
Some people have taken to Twitter to express their distaste for the ad.
One Twitter user, James J. Zogby, said it is "completely over-the-top."
Completely over-the-top full page ad in @washingtonpost ridiculously calling @lorde & #NewZealand bigots. NZ cuz it joined 127 other nations protesting #Trump’s #Jerusalem decision. #Lorde cuz she supports #Palestinian rights. That’s not anti-Jewish. It’s pro-justice & pro-Peace pic.twitter.com/mnMrdpU6oF— James J. Zogby (@jjz1600) December 31, 2017
Another user, Craig, said "a full page ad in a newspaper bullying a 21-year-old young lady is despicable".
A full page ad in a newspaper bullying a 21 your old young lady is despicable. She is entitled to take her show wherever she likes, and like always in these situations, you do your own argument a disservice by using appalling tactics to gain attention— craig (@dribbs13) January 1, 2018
Last week, Israel's ambassador to New Zealand Itzhak Gerberg asked to meet with Lorde to try and convince her that her cancelled show was 'a mistake'.