Maybe Lorde can offer to pay their fine?

Palestinian BDS activist Nadia Abu-Shanab Jewish BDS activist Justine Sachs-Whaleoil

The Jerusalem Post reported on the Jerusalem Magistrate Court’s ruling that two Kiwi activists who were influential in convincing Lorde to cancel her Tel Aviv concert planned for June this year should pay damages to three Israeli ticket holders.  Quote.

[…] two New Zealand Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists must pay damages totaling NIS 45,000  [NZ$18,994] for their role in the cancellation of a scheduled Lorde concert in Tel Aviv.” End of quote.

The two Kiwi activists are Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab. They encouraged Lorde to support the 2011 Economic terrorism campaign against Israel by the far-left organisation known as BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). They wrote to her saying that “playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government.”

Lorde did not do her homework on the Gaza conflict and unwisely caved in to the pressure, responding through Twitter saying “I 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.”

Lorde. Image credit aljazerra.com

New Zealand and world media applauded Lorde’s stand against the evil Israelis and off she trotted to her next concert.

The three Israelis who had purchased tickets to the cancelled concert brought a civil suit against the activists under an Israeli law allowing civil suits against entities who call for a boycott of the state of Israel. Quote.

In January, Shurat HaDin filed a lawsuit on behalf of Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel. The three all purchased tickets to see Lorde, and were refunded when the show was canceled.

The suit demanded NIS 15,000 in damages for each of the teenagers, claiming that their “artistic welfare” was harmed as was their leisure time, “and above all damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews.”

The lawsuit said that Lorde’s response on Twitter to the letter Sachs and Abu-Shanab penned showed a direct connection to the concert cancellation.”  End of quote.

The court agreed with the plaintiff’s claims and instructed that the activists should pay total damages of NIS 45,000 [NZ$18,994], and close to NIS 11,000 [NZ$4,643] in legal fees.

Whether or not the Israelis can collect the damages from New Zealand residents is a subject for discussion by international legal beagles. Possibly the Israelis would have to pursue payment through the New Zealand High court.

In any case, the point has been made that the Israelis take boycotts against the state of Israel seriously.

Maybe Lorde should stump up and pay the fines of these two out of their depth activists?


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