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Israeli court orders New Zealand women to pay damages over axed Lorde show

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Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab appealed to the singer in an open letter to ‘join the artistic boycott of Israel’.

Two New Zealand women have been ordered to pay more than $12,000 (£9,000) in damages for allegedly helping persuade the pop singer Lorde to cancel a performance in Israel.

An Israeli court made the ruling under a law that allows civil lawsuits against anyone who calls for a boycott against the country.

The ruling is believed to be the first time the 2011 law has been applied.

2017 MTV Video Music Awards – Show – Los Angeles
New Zealand singer Lorde cancelled a performance in Israel (PA)

Three Israeli ticket holders filed the suit, claiming the cancellation by the New Zealand performer had caused emotional distress.

Their lawyer, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, said the decision sends a message that boycotting Israel carries a price.

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