NZ ac­tivists must pay for Lorde can­cel­la­tion: Court

Medicine Hat News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

An Is­raeli court has or­dered two New Zealand women to pay over $12,000 in dam­ages for al­legedly help­ing per­suade the pop singer Lorde to can­cel a per­for­mance in Is­rael.

The suit was filed un­der a law that al­lows civil law­suits against any­one who calls for a boy­cott against Is­rael. Wed­nes­day’s rul­ing is be­lieved to be the first time the 2011 law has been ap­plied.

The two New Zealan­ders, Jus­tine Sachs and Na­dia Abu-Shanab, had ap­pealed to the singer in an open let­ter to “join the artis­tic boy­cott of Is­rael.” Lorde ac­knowl­edged the let­ter and can­celled her show days later.

Three Is­raeli ticket hold­ers filed the suit, claim­ing the can­cel­la­tion had caused emo­tional dis­tress.

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