Three Israelis who purchased tickets to Lorde’s Tel Aviv concert are filing a lawsuit against two girls from New Zealand for convincing the singer to cancel her concert in order to boycott Israel. The Israeli teenagers are suing for emotional damages.
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Three Israeli teenagers are suing two girls from New Zealand for convincing Lorde to cancel her concert in Israel and causing emotional injury. According to an Israel News Company report, one of the girls filing the lawsuit, Ahuva Frugel, was very disappointed upon discovering that Lorde’s concert was canceled just one week after purchasing a ticket, despite the fact that Frugel was refunded.
When Frugel searched into the reason behind Lorde’s decision to cancel her Tel Aviv concert, Frugel discovered that two girls from New Zealand had written a letter convincing the singer to take part in the cultural boycott of Israel. The letter lead Lorde to cancel her highly anticipated concert set for June.
“The moment we heard about the cancelation, we checked why and the reason was the letter from the two girls from New Zealand that stated remarks which we believe are false regarding Israel,” Frugel stated. “They wanted to protest Israel also in terms of art and music.”
After finding out the reason behind Lorde’s conclusion, Frugel and two other Israeli teenagers tried to think of ways to get Lorde to retract her decision. The girls then decided to write a letter to the international star and also contacted Israeli attorney Nitzana Darshan-Leitner from Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, a Jewish human rights organization.
On behalf of the Israeli teenagers, Darshan-Leitner filed a lawsuit against the two girls from New Zealand by invoking an Israeli anti-boycott law for the very first time. The law makes it possible to sue any person who calls for the boycott of Israel with the understanding that their actions lead to damages.