Two New Zealand women must pay £9,000 in damages for helping persuade the artist to cancel her performance in the Jewish state
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” and cancel her performance, scheduled to take place earlier this year, in Israel. Lorde acknowledged the letter and cancelled her show days later in December.
Attempts to reach Sachs and Abu-Shanab were unsuccessful Thursday.
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.”
It remained unclear whether her clients would be able to collect the cash. Darshan-Leitner said she intended to enforce the judgment through “international treaties” and go after the women’s bank accounts, either in New Zealand or if they try to travel abroad.