NEW ZEALAND (CelebrityAccess) – Two New Zealand activists, Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, have today (Oct. 12) dismissed an Israeli court order to pay $12,000 in damages for allegedly helping persuade pop singer Lorde to cancel a performance in Israel, according to The Associated Press.
The suit was originally filed by three Israeli ticket holders under a law allowing civil lawsuits against advocates of boycotting Israel. Their claim? That the cancellation caused them emotional distress.
According to a New Zealand legal expert that advised Sachs and Abu-Shanab on the case, Israel “has no right to police the political opinions of people across the world”.
Feeling that the ruling merely aims “to intimidate Israel’s critics”, Sachs and Abu-Shanab have reportedly opted to fundraise for a Gaza mental health organization instead.