Comparing Vanessa Paradis and Lorde

After being targeted and threatened by anti-Israel campaigners — and it is well known how violently many of the BDS supporters based in France can behave — singer and actress Vanessa Paradis cancelled her visit to Israel scheduled for January 2011, invoking professional reasons. She did not however attempt to justify the lies of the BDS supporters or claim that she had been insufficiently informed until made to see the light by people whose raison d’être is to demonise Israel and Israelis.

Or to quote the New Zealand singer, the oh so politically correct Lorde: “I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in tel aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”

Strangely enough, the “lot of opinions” Lorde claims to have sought do not seem to have included those who are friends of Israel.

There is little to be added to the excellent “open letter” by David Collier — published on the December 26, 2017.

It is interesting to recall, however, that Lorde has been a staunch supporter of the former New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, known for her hostility to Israel, when she put herself forward as one of the candidates to be the new Secretary General of the United Nations.

It is time to stop making excuses for her.

About the Author
Paul Leslie is an occasional independent journalist and researcher, living in London. He has degrees from Exeter College, Oxford University and the Sorbonne (history of the Jews of Algeria and Tunisia, in two different colonial systems). Paul Leslie is am a fan of cinema – all genres – and is passionately interested in modern history.