Three teenage Israeli fans of the popstar Lorde have filed a lawsuit claiming thousands of pounds in “emotional injury” damages against two New-Zealand-based activists for allegedly convincing her to cancel a performance in Tel Aviv.
The case, filed by an Israeli legal rights group, appears to be the first use of a controversial law passed in 2011 that allows civil suits to be opened against those calling for a boycott against Israel.
Lorde has been criticised for cancelling the show by Israel’s culture minister, Miri Regev, and actor Roseanne Barr, among others.
“They want to say on a personal and an international level, that those who boycott Israel or make a call to boycott Israel will be responsible and they have to pay,” she said, adding that agreements between the two states compelled New Zealand to enforce the ruling.
Completely over-the-top full page ad in @washingtonpost ridiculously calling @lorde & #NewZealand bigots. NZ cuz it joined 127 other nations protesting #Trump’s #Jerusalem decision. #Lorde cuz she supports #Palestinian rights. That’s not anti-Jewish. It’s pro-justice & pro-Peace pic.twitter.com/mnMrdpU6oF
— James J. Zogby (@jjz1600) December 31, 2017