Samah Idriss, director of Dar al-Adab publishing house, received a court summons [recently] 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, a self-described famous businessman from a prominent family, is demanding US$180,000 compensation for his company”s financial losses allegedly caused by the boycott campaign.
Jihad el Murr is suing these four organizations/campaigns on the grounds that, because we called for the boycott of Placebo”s concert in Lebanon because they had just performed in Israel, we are thus financially responsible for the smaller turnout at this 2010 concert than the number that went to the 2004 Placebo concert in Lebanon. The lawsuit may have been inspired by the recent anti-boycott law passed by Knesset – which can hold individuals/organizations that call for boycott to be financially responsible for any losses endured by a company/other even without that company proving that the statements have resulted in the loss. The lawsuit may also have been inspired by potential future plans by Jihad el Murr. Either way, the intent is clear: to silence the boycott movement, and to muzzle free speech.
Are you opposed to this anti-boycott lawsuit? –
Are you opposed to this attempt to stifle free expression?
If so, please read the statement below. If you agree to this statement, please sign your full name, address, profession, and organization (if any). Please sign your name and email it to Rania Masri at email@example.com
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