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Shurat HaDin Files Racism Lawsuit against Sydney U BDS Supporter

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

An Israel-based group launched legal action against an Australian academic whom it claims breached racial vilification laws by boycotting Israeli academics.

Shurat HaDin, the Israel Law Center, filed the lawsuit in the Federal Court of Australia this week against Jake Lynch, the director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.

The lawsuit focuses on Lynch’s refusal to sponsor an application for a fellowship in Australia by Dan Avnon, an Israeli academic from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, because of Lynch’s support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

Andrew Hamilton, a Sydney-born lawyer with Shurat HaDin, took the matter to the Federal Court after mediation between the parties at the Australian Human Rights Commission failed to solve the dispute.

He alleges Lynch’s support for the BDS campaign is in breach of the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act.

Lynch argued that he had the right to refuse sponsoring Avnon because of his center’s pro-BDS stance. The lawsuit is “a despicable attack on freedom of expression, which is backed ultimately by the Israeli security state,” Lynch was quoted as saying in The Australian newspaper.

In a Facebook post on the University of Sydney BDS activists’ page, Shurat HaDin says that it is lawful to criticize Israel’s policies. But it adds: “It is not lawful to boycott Israeli people and businesses because of disagreement with those policies. If you keep on the right side of this line you will not be prosecuted.”

Hamilton is seeking a court order requiring Lynch to apologize and desist from supporting BDS.

Australian BDS Academics to Foot Legal Costs

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The academics at the center of the Sydney University anti-Israel boycott squabble will be asked to cover their own legal costs, as campus controversy over the anti-Israeli movement is exploding, The Australian reported.

The Israeli organization Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center has lodged a complaint against Center for Peace and Conflict Studies director Jake Lynch and member Stuart Rees. Shurat HaDin argues that the support of Associate Professor Lynch and Emeritus Professor Rees have been lending the BDS movement violates the Australian Racial Discrimination Act.

The complaint is now before the Australian Human Rights Commission, but Akiva Hamilton, an Australian lawyer with Shurat HaDin, says it is unlikely to be resolved at that jurisdiction.

“Based on Associate Professor Lynch’s response to the Australian Human Rights Commission, Shurat HaDin expects that the AHRC will be unable to conciliate the racial discrimination claim,” Hamilton said.

If the complaint is not resolved in the AHRC, Shurat HaDin will apply to the Federal Court, according to Hamilton.

But while all that hoopla is being played out in ever more serious courts, Sydney University made sure everybody understands they have no intention of indemnifying professors Lynch and Rees for their anti-Israel extracurricular activities.

“The university does not provide legal support for staff in relation to complaints or proceedings against them in respect of their activities in a personal capacity,” a spokeswoman for the school said.

Kind of makes sense – they can’t quite pay for every professor’s personal hobby. Some of those can get quite hairy.

A case in point is Professor Rees, who in his free time is also director of the Sydney Peace Foundation. Rees was asked about reports that his Jewish students were offended and intimidated by the anti-Jewish undertones of his BDS campaign.

The professor said it was “absolute nonsense,” adding a complaint of his own: “You should see the hate mail I get as a result of taking a stand. They call me antisemitic.”

The very thought of it!

Rees said the Greens were “genuflecting to political survival instincts by pretending the party did not support the BDS campaign.”

“Well, they’re making political calculations because they know the mainstream media and they know that most of the people in Canberra are cowards, irrespective of party,” he concluded.

Alon Tal, a 22-year-old commerce/law student, told The Australian: “As a Jew, my Zionism is inextricably linked with my Jewish identity so the fact that these people are calling for a boycott on Israel which is, essentially, calling for the destruction of Israel, it’s really an affront to me.”

If the AHRC terminates the complaint, Shurat HaDin will have 60 days to lodge Federal Court action.

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