? Israel haters from New Zealand to pay 3 Lorde fans for concert cancelation
An Israeli Court ordered two Israel haters from New Zealand to pay 45,000 shekels ($12,400) plus trial costs, in compensation to three Israeli fans of the singer Lorde, who canceled her June concert under pressure from the BDS anti-Israel boycott.
This is the first ruling based on the “boycott law” enacted seven years ago.
The lawsuit was based on the “Anti-Boycott Law” from 2011, which allows anyone or who calls for a boycott of Israel or Israeli institution to be sued for damages.
The fans had bought tickets to the concert and were seriously disappointed from the cancellation of the show, which was done illegally and for improper motives.
The singer from New Zealand canceled this summer’s scheduled performance in December 2017, saying the decision was mostly the result of an open letter published on “The Spinoff” website by the two Israel haters.
The two New Zealanders, a self-hating Jew and a so-called Palestinian, wrote: “Playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation.”
After the cancelation, attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who heads the nonprofit Shurat Hadin Israeli Law Center that fights against BDS and terror financing, sued Sachs and Abu-Shanab in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court for 45,000 shekels in the name of the three fans.
“There are reciprocal treaties between Israel and various countries to enforce foreign judgments, and now after the verdict, we will go after their bank accounts until it is fully realized,” says Darshan-Leitner, chairman of Shurat HaDin, explaining how the ruling can be enforced so that the money will be transferred.
“This decision makes it clear that anyone who opposes the State of Israel by calling for its boycott may find himself liable for damages and is obligated to pay compensation whether it is within the borders of the State of Israel or outside of it.”