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Israelis Sue New Zealanders for Allegedly Convincing Pop Singer to Cancel Show

Sputnik – 31.01.2018

The move is the first lawsuit filed under a 2011 Israeli law, which paves the way for legal action against anyone calling for a boycott against Israel, if that call could knowingly lead to a boycott.

An Israeli legal rights group, Shurat HaDin, has announced that it is suing the two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing pop singer Lorde to cancel her show in the Jewish state on behalf of three would-be concertgoers for about $13,000 in damages.

According to the group, two New Zealanders, one of Jewish and one of Palestinian origin, knew that their letter to Lorde could trigger a boycott, making them open to a suit under the 2011 Israeli law. The legislation paves the way for legal action against anyone calling for a boycott against Israel, including of lands it has occupied, if that call could knowingly lead to a boycott.

“This lawsuit is an effort to give real consequences to those who selectively target Israel and seek to impose an unjust and illegal boycott against the Jewish state,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the group’s head and lawyer said.

“They must be held to compensate Israeli citizens for the moral and emotional injury and the indignity caused by their discriminatory actions.”

According to her, the 2011 law has not yet been tested in court as it is difficult to prove that a boycott and a call for one are linked. However, in this case, according to her, the connection is clear as the New Zealanders “took credit” for Lorde’s decision to cancel her performance in Israel.

New Zealand songwriter Lorde has cancelled her show in Tel Aviv following online fan pressure. An enormously successful singer and producer, the 21-year-old daughter of Croatian and Irish parents noted that an overwhelming number of her fans requested the move, citing support for the burgeoning Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement encouraging the financial isolation of Israel due to its 1967 seizure and ongoing occupation of Palestine.

The Tel Aviv concert was to have been included in a summer 2018 tour, until fans got wind of the show and asked her to change her mind.

“I’ve received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” Lorde stated in a release distributed by the Israeli promoters in Tel Aviv responsible for producing her show.

Widespread criticism from human rights activists in her native New Zealand, as well as from international rights watchdogs, contributed to the decision, she added.

January 31, 2018 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation, Solidarity and Activism | , ,

17 Comments »

  1. I no longer feel the need,

    To support any group of people,

    So petty,

    And vindictive.

    I might sue the “shueRat”,

    Myself ….

    Comment by mudx | January 31, 2018 | Reply

  2. “…moral and emotional injury and the indignity….”??? You effing hypocrite ZioJewess Darshan-Leitner, what about physical, emotional, societal et al injury and the indignity imposed on the indigenous Palestinians by you and your criminally psychotic tribe day after day after decade???

    Comment by roberthstiver | January 31, 2018 | Reply

    • Your words, “criminally psychotic tribe” arouse my suspicions. The tribe, i.e., those who identify as Jewish by ancestry and/or by religious affiliation, is a very diverse group.

      The vast majority of the tribe strongly opposed zionism before WW2 but it must be admitted that the majority today supports zionism. However, there is still a very large number of “members of the tribe” who do not support zionism and some of these people strongly oppose zionism. It is true that we do not hear much about, or from, non-zionist members of the tribe as a result of the nature of our media and as a result of the fear of persecution by zionists that these non-zionist Jews feel.

      Your statement is either based on ignorance and stupidity, or is a deliberate attempt at promoting generalized anti-Jewish sentiment, commonly known as “anti-Semitism”. Both are not helpful in promoting the resolution of serious political or social problems.

      Comment by I Speak | January 31, 2018 | Reply

      • I guess I’m glad that you’re aroused. That’s the purpose of most of my comments on the several sites I visit (kudos always to Aletho News!). There is all too little reader interaction, and I’d like to stimulate (arouse) more…hoping, of course, that the interaction is pertinent and sensitive and intelligent.

        In your case, along with tepid phrases such as “..it must be admitted…” and “…promoting generalized anti-Jewish sentiment…” and “…promoting the resolution of serious political or social problems…,” I am affronted that you put my own comment in a box of “one or the other” — i.e., my ignorance/stupidity or my “anti-Jewishness.” Together with my not giving a tinker’s dam that “The vast majority of the tribe strongly opposed zionism before WW2,” mightn’t it just be possible that I refer to a third, crucial issue relevant to the plight of the hapless Palestinians in this endless post-WW2 danse macabre?: to wit, the “criminally psychotic tribe” (I’m typically more apt to use “the criminally psychotic regime of the Zionist entity so-called Israel”) is committing incremental genocide day after day after day…and very close to 100 percent of the general run-of-the-mill Jew in, e.g., the US or the Zioentity is brazenly approving, or active, or complicit, or silent. Not much diversity there! It is that enterprise of 20th/21st Century political/militant Zionism that drives me to moral and emotional and legal and justice-oriented and human-rights outrage-cum-hatred — in my case for 54 years and running — in empathy for and support of an honorable Palestinian populace of Christians and Muslims.

        I am RESOLUTELY anti-Zionism/-Zionist! What about you?

        Comment by roberthstiver | February 1, 2018 | Reply

        • Richard Falk (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_A._Falk) also writes using “tepid” language as opposed to emotional outbursts. Do you doubt his anti-zionist and pro-Palestinian stance?

          Comment by I Speak | February 1, 2018 | Reply

          • I have the greatest respect and love Dr./Professor Richard A. Falk and have enjoyed many professional and personal encounters with him. He writes and speaks (I’ve featured him in public-access TV productions addressing the Palestinians’ torment at the bloody hands of the omnipresent Zionists) in measured, learned, statesmanlike, justice-oriented, humanistic terms. I have no-nil-nada doubts about his anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian credentials, and I would never aver that his analyses and recommendations and pleas for justice and peace for the Palestinians are “tepid.” I’m more emotional, obviously…diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks. But why divert the discourse to Dr. Falk? Are you a closet Zionist troll? Your “tepidness” in your first comment above shows no outrage, measured or moral or emotional; it DOESN’T EVEN USE THE WORDS PALESTINE OR PALESTINIANS! Palestine and the Palestinians are still THE issue!

            Comment by roberthstiver | February 1, 2018 | Reply

            • Jeez! … The topic of my post was your usage of the word, “tribe” and the direct topic of the article is the BDS. The topic of the Palestinians is, of course, linked to all this but is it really necessary to always mention them in every post or article that relates to zionism or the zionist regime? The article itself only once uses the word, “Palestinian”, when it refers to one of the New Zealanders who urged the boycott.

              I am strongly anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian. Without going into details, I’ll just say that you might be surprised at my personal history in relation to this. I have paid a price, over many years, for supporting the Palestinians and expressing my anti-zionism. There was a short time, many years ago, when I was like you and expressed myself in highly emotional terms about this topic but I believe that rational (“tepid”?) discussion is much more effective when discussing this and in promoting the message, and is more likely to achieve some sort of positive outcome.

              You need to re-calibrate your troll-detecting antenna.

              Comment by I Speak | February 2, 2018 | Reply

      • I’m wondering if one could refer to the KKK as a “criminally psychotic tribe”?

        And further, I would ask if any of the known KKK precepts are more criminal than those found in Talmudic law?

        Comment by aletho | February 1, 2018 | Reply

        • I’m surprised that you, Aletho, would ask such a question as, “could the KKK be referred to as a criminally psychotic tribe?” You would be fully aware that the word, “tribe” is often used to refer to “all the Jewish people” but has never been used to refer to the KKK. Obviously, “tribe” implies some degree of kinship, while kinship has never been a requirement for belonging to the KKK..

          Both you and roberthstiver have missed the point of my post. My point is that it is both inaccurate and unfair to lump all Jews in with the zionists, even if those non-zionsist or anti-zionist-Jews are just a small minority of Jews.

          Of course there are many statements in the Talmud that are just as criminal as the precepts of the KKK, if not more so. Zionism probably would never have developed if the Talmud did not exist because it was a group of Talmudic rabbis from Eastern Europe who got the zionist movement off the ground in the 1800’s. We are told that it was Theodor Herzl, an assimilated Jew in Vienna, and supposedly an atheist, who more or less started modern zionism. But he might have been no more than a figurehead because it was those rabbis who really pushed the movement along in the beginning.

          Zionism quickly developed into a form of gangsterism, including the glorification of murder, the use of threats, large-scale theft, and the paying-off of influential politicians.

          Comment by I Speak | February 1, 2018 | Reply

          • Is Judaism an ethnicity or a creed?

            At present, Khazars are free to identify as Americans, Canadians or Russians and denounce Jewish ideology. A very few do.

            European-Americans are less tied to the KKK than Khazars are to Judaism as KKK was never a creed that was adopted by all Euro-Americans. At some point though, they, as a “tribe”, will need to address the fact that criminally psychotic ideology from the bible has been a factor in genocides in the western hemisphere and beyond and that as long as they fail to denounce the bible they perpetuate this criminality.

            It’s a bit easier at present for Euro-Americans to simply deny association with Christianity than it is for Khazars to deny at least a cultural indoctrination with Judaism.

            I agree with Gilad Atzmon, it is necessary to renounce more than just Zionism.

            Comment by aletho | February 2, 2018 | Reply

          • Another way to view this question:

            Should one be free to call America a “criminally psychotic nation”?

            I would say so, and though it may be “anti-American”, it would be part of a necessary dialog to extinguish the ideology of American exceptionalism.

            Comment by aletho | February 2, 2018 | Reply

            • Good, provocative questions. I would definitely ascribe “criminal psychosis” to the US, and not solely because of our “entangled alliance” with the most psychotically criminal “state” in the current world. ZioOccupied WashDC and all the other machinations (military/weapons lobby, uber-capitalism, security/intel intrusiveness) of the flailing empire are of a package, all having a locus in “(white) exceptionalism” (“chosenness”…what a burden decent, observant Jews have to bear; but the “Christian” Zionists, e.g., love it and exploit it in their own eschatological wet dreams) and the arrogance and inhumanity toward the “other” that flow from it. I also agree that the KKK, in concept and action, is a criminally psychotic…klan. KKK = Kriminal Krazy Klan?

              Comment by roberthstiver | February 2, 2018 | Reply

  3. I don’t think Israeli law is enforceable on citizens of another country, is it?

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 31, 2018 | Reply

    • The arrogance of this horseshit is mouth dropping. So the $hitty little cunt-rey claims world jurisdiction to prosecute and deprive all citizens of all other nations of their civil rights to free speech, press, consumption, thought and political action?? WHY ARENT WE SLAMMING BACK AT THIS GARBAGE? HARD! In several US states, these AIPAC sayanim have inserted ILLEGAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL provisions depriving Americans of their CIVIL RIGHTS and jobs, disaster assistance etc if the American refuses to consume products from the Rothschild State. In US, It is perfectly legal and acceptable to boycott POTUS, Catholics, the UK, EU, French wine, any corporations, private & public entities- everything EXCEPT Israel. Not to mention the multitude of spying on us and their blacklists against Americans whom they swindle BIILLIONs of $ oa year from.
      Now we are also being forced to pledge allegiance to this FOREIGN state…This shit hole is now self-designated as an upper tier privileged clique? These fkkks are not going to stop until we stop them. Their brazen criminality is so out of control- like the whole planet is their Palestinian goyim cattle… boy oh boy folks WTFU

      Comment by Kol Nidre | February 1, 2018 | Reply

      • I’m guessing you’re an American, right? I honestly don’t know how the average American puts up with the unmitigated garbage that is spewed across America by the MSM, who’s first job is to deflect the American citizens attention away from REALITY.
        Anyone who believes the rubbish about Russia determining the outcome of the American election must be brain dead, particularly when you see the OVERWHELMING evidence of Israeli control over the American House and Congress, via the use of Lobbyists with BAGS of money.
        The you’ve got States passing laws outlawing the American people’s right to protest against Israel for their treatment of the Palestinians in their own land. If the States can make their laws ‘stick, you can bet similar laws will be passed Nationally through Congress. After that, who knows what Israel is planning for its anaesthetised slaves in America.
        The American President is already now, Israel’s Representative in the USA. It’s embarrassing to me, to watch, as an Australian, what must it be like for the American people.
        The USA is in Grave Danger, from the Parasites within……….Your Presidents(ALL of them) need to be tested to see if any of them have got a backbone.

        Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 1, 2018 | Reply

      • I admire your emotion and passion, Kol Nidre!

        Comment by roberthstiver | February 1, 2018 | Reply

  4. “very close to 100 percent of the general run-of-the-mill Jew in, e.g., the US or the Zioentity is brazenly approving, or active, or complicit, or silent”.

    They, like most everyone else remain silent because, although they won’t be automatically labelled as “Anti-Semitic”, they are frightened of being labelled as a “Self Hating Jew”, and are cowered into silence……All the bases are covered.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 1, 2018 | Reply


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