Published On: Mon, Jun 29th, 2015

Israeli civil rights center launches Legal Task force to combat BDS

Shurat HaDin brings 70 attorneys from around the world or intensive training course to defend Israel at the international criminal court and global Jewish community.

 Nitsana Darshan-Leitner - Shurat HaDin Chairperson Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner


Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, the Tel Aviv based civil rights center, announced an intensive week long program.

The Tel Aviv based civil rights center, equip attorneys worldwide with the tactical tools and broader courtroom strategies they need to both counter the increasingly virulent legal efforts of the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement and to affirmatively and effectively advocate on behalf of the Jewish State. These unprecedented training sessions and workshops begin this evening in Jerusalem.

The Activist Lawyers’ Training Task Force provides hands-on, week-long seminars in Jerusalem to train lawyers from abroad to litigate BDS and fight the anti-Israel delegitimization efforts, advocate on behalf of Israel and confront and counter anti-Semitism in their local communities.

The seminar program includes cutting-edge lectures and hands-on workshops taught by the most prominent scholars and experts in the field including Alan Dershowitz and Irwin Cotler as well as Kent Yalowitz and other accomplished jurists involved in legal activism.

Topics include litigation on behalf of terror victims, the anti-Israel BDS movement, freedom-of-speech dilemmas arising on campus, anti-Semitic groups and their efforts, and campaign to label Israel’s building in the territories as a crime against humanity. Topics also include defending IDF soldiers from war crimes allegation in courts around the world.

In addition, participants in the Task Force program will take field trips to IDF bases and Israeli courts. They will meet and engage with senior Israeli officials and prominent Israeli and international attorneys.

“We expect many of the program’s graduates to take leadership positions in Israel and worldwide and implement our proven strategies. “, said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin.
According to Shurat HaDin, Israel’s enemies are increasingly taking their dangerous struggle to delegitimize Israel and deny its right to exist into courtrooms worldwide, most notably the Palestinians’ vicious current attempt to drag the Jewish State and the Israel Defense Forces into the International Criminal Court.

“For a dozen years, Shurat HaDin has positioned itself on the front line of the fight on behalf of the Jewish State in the international legal theater”, said Ms. Darshan-Leitner, “but the anti-Israel BDS and delegitimization movement has been ramping up its efforts at the campus and corporate-organizational levels, the current and potential load is tremendous, and we must expand the fight dramatically.”

“Many lawyers have asked us how they can join the fight. But they tell us that they lack the strategies and experience to effectively counter the baseless legal charges laid by Israel’s enemies in courts of law and the court of public opinion.

“Recognizing the broad impact that legal training and Israel-advocacy skills can have on attorneys who are passionate about safeguarding the Jewish State, we at Shurat HaDin saw the need and developed this task force.”

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