Israeli group sues NZ activists over cancelled Lorde’s present



    Lorde New Zealand musician

    An Israeli authorized rights group is suing two New Zealand activists after their open letter satisfied singer Lorde to cancel her deliberate present in Tel Aviv, it was reported Thursday.

    Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, a lawyer for Shurat HaDinm, advised Radio New Zealand that boycotts are ignorant and purpose to destroy Israel.

    “It’s a movement that wants to harm the citizens of the state of Israel – and they have no idea what’s really going on here in Israel,” she stated.

    In December, Jewish-New Zealander Justine Sachs and Palestinian-New Zealander Nadia Abu-Shanab wrote a letter to Lorde printed by native web site The Spinoff.

    “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,” the activists wrote.

    The singer responded on Twitter, saying the issues had been “Noted!”

    Days later, the 21-year-old cancelled the efficiency which was on account of conclude her Melodrama world tour.

    Darshan-Leitner stated her group was suing the activists for compensation, claiming 15,000 for psychological hurt to these youngsters damage by the present’s cancellation.

    Sachs stated in an announcement that she and Abu-Shanab have been searching for authorized recommendation “and also going about our everyday lives because we have better things to do.”

    Artists who’ve participated within the cultural boycott of Israel by the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions motion embrace Brian Eno and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, writers Arundhati Roy and Eduardo Galeano and film-maker Ken Loach.