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New Zealand activists raise funds for Gaza charity after fine by Israel
Justine Sachs, Nadia Abu-Shanab raise $9,000 for Gaza Mental Health Foundation in defiance of Israeli court ruling fining them for persuading pop star Lorde against performing in Israel.

Two New Zealand pro-Palestinian activists have raised NZ$14,000 ($9,108.40) as of Sunday for charity after being fined by an Israeli court for their alleged role in persuading pop star Lorde to cancel a concert in Tel Aviv last year.

 

 

Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab said last week they would not pay the fine of 45,000 shekels ($12,423.05) awarded to three Israeli teenagers, calling the court's ruling a "stunt" intended to intimidate Israel's critics.

 

Lorde (Photo: Getty Images)
Lorde (Photo: Getty Images)

 

Instead, they asked people to donate money through website "givealittle.co.nz" to the Gaza Mental Health Foundation, a volunteer group that raises funds for mental health and women's empowerment groups in the Gaza Strip.

 

The three Israeli women who sued the activists, disappointed in Lorde's cancellation
The three Israeli women who sued the activists, disappointed in Lorde's cancellation

 

As of Sunday, they raised NZ$14,000, according to the website.

 

"Given that we've actually had this kind of push upon us, we felt that it was expedient to actually re-center the issue back on Palestine," Abu-Shanab told Radio New Zealand.

 

Justine Sachs
Justine Sachs

 

The case arose from an open letter that Sachs and Abu-Shanab wrote to Lorde, a New Zealander, on the website "thespinoff.co.nz" in December urging her to call off her planned concert.

 

Lorde cancelled her concert in Israel that same month after a campaign by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group, which campaigns for Palestinian rights, that included the open letter published by Sachs and Abu-Shanab.

 

 


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