Court: NZ ac­tivists must pay for Lorde can­cel­la­tion

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - KICKOFF / FROM THE FRONT PAGE -

JERUSALEM — An Is­raeli court has or­dered two New Zealand women to pay more than $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 can­celed her show days later.

Three Is­raeli ticket hold­ers filed the suit, claim­ing the can­cel­la­tion had caused emo­tional dis­tress. Their lawyer, Nit­sana Darshan-Leit­ner of the Shu­rat HaDin ad­vo­cacy group, says the de­ci­sion sends a mes­sage that “no one can boy­cott Is­rael with­out pay­ing for it.”


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