January 31, 2018

Israelis suing New Zealanders for boycotting Israel

Page Six -Three Israeli teenage fans of pop star Lorde are suing two New Zealanders for emotional injury — because they allegedly persuaded the singer to nix her show in Tel Aviv.

The lawsuit — filed by Israeli legal rights group Shurat HaDin – is apparently the first to use a contentious 2011 law that allows civil suits to be opened against those calling for a boycott against Israel.

The New Zealanders– Justine Sachs, who is Jewish, and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who comes from a Palestinian family — last month wrote an open letter to Lorde in which they urged her to “take a stand” and “join the artistic boycott of Israel,” the UK’s Guardian reported.

Lorde replied in a tweet: “Noted! Been speaking [with] many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too.”

She canceled her planned June 2018 show less than a week later.

The law, which is part of Israel’s fight against a global movement calling for boycotts against the Jewish state, allows for courts to impose damages against defendants.

... Sachs said she found out about the lawsuit after an Associated Press reporter, based in Jerusalem, contacted her for comment.

“Israel the only ‘democracy’ in the Middle East where New Zealanders get sued for exercising their freedom of speech…..in New Zealand,” she tweeted Wednesday.

Sachs told the New Zealand Herald she had no further comment, adding: “I’ve said all I wanted to say in the open letter.”

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