Lebanon – Anti-Israel activists being sued for boycott campaign against British rock group

Samah Idriss, director of Dar al-Adab publishing house, received a court summons in October from Beirut’s commerce court. Idriss is implicated in a lawsuit for his involvement in a Lebanese boycott campaign against the British rock group Placebo last year. Jihad el-Murr, who heads the company that organized the event, filed the suit on 10 July 2011. El-Murr is suing Idriss, as well as three other groups involved in the campaign: the Aidoun Refugee Rights Center, the Campaign to Boycott the Supporters of Israel in Lebanon, and the Global BDS Campaign in Lebanon. El-Murr is demanding US$180,000 compensation for his company’s financial losses caused by the boycott campaign. He called the campaign against cultural normalization with Israel both “malicious and deceptive.” Lebanese activists called for the boycott in protest of Placebo’s performance in Tel Aviv four days before their concert in Beirut that was scheduled for 9 June 2010 at the Forum de Beirut.

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