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Shurat Hadin Proves Facebook Likes Palestinian Incitement [video]

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

(JNi.media) The NGO Shurat Hadin-The Israel Law Center on Monday reported on an experiment it ran which proves unequivocally that Facebook has different standards for Palestinian and Israeli hate.

The experiment began with two fictitious Facebook pages, one spewing anti-Israeli hatred, the other anti-Palestinian. Except that when they filed complaints with Facebook online, Facebook went ahead and closed down the anti-Palestinian page, while the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish page is still alive and well and spewing away. The video the organization put together uses the mirror images of the two pages to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Facebook has an anti-Israeli, pro-Palestinian bias. Shurat Hadin is suing Facebook for just this kind of bias.

Shurat Hadin said in a statement that it plans to use the results of this entertaining experiment as part of the lawsuit it has filed against Facebook in a New York court, in which the organization accuses Facebook of allowing Islamist radicals to openly recruit and train terrorists and plan terror attacks on its pages.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, head of Shurat Hadin, said in a statement, “Facebook’s management is required to act immediately against the blatant incitement being waged for years against Jews and Israelis in the social network it owns and manages. The in-depth investigation we conducted proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that [Facebook’s] claims of equality in the face of its conduct against any individual or group of people are at best erroneous and false in the worst case.”

She added: “It cannot be that in 2015 a publicly traded commercial company will carry out a racist policy which so blatantly discriminates in favor of any party. The investigation we conducted proves that indeed there is bias in favor of one political party and against Israelis and Jews in particular. Jews and Israelis around the world should be very concerned over the results of the investigation and understand that the most famous social network in the world is working actively in favor of the Palestinians.”

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Ultimate Mission – November 2014

Monday, September 1st, 2014

World Jewry and the State of Israel are facing trying times. According to a number of reports, anti-Israel sentiment and global anti-Semitism are on the rise. Despite these challenges, Israel remains an alluring travel destination calling to travelers from all corners of the world, and is internationally acknowledged as a leader in self-sustainability and innovative thinking.

One organization that exemplifies these qualities is Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center. An Israeli-based civil rights organization and world leader in creatively combating terrorist regimes and the BDS movement, Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center is in a unique position to offer, in November 2014, 8 days of unparalleled access into the judicial, military, political, and humanitarian reality in the State of Israel: the “Ultimate Mission to Israel.”

At a fantastic value, participants will enjoy five star accommodations, luxury transportation, a personal cell phone, and delicious cuisine while experiencing scenic and cultural opportunities to explore the political hotbed that is Israel. A team of hand-selected travel experts have designed the Mission itinerary and will lead the group every step of the way, providing a first-class experience into the fabric of who and what composes life in Israel.

Participants will go beyond sensational media headlines to hear directly from Mossad officers, Shin Bet commanders, IDF intelligence and operations officers about what’s really happening on Israel’s military and intelligence fronts. Tours of the Lebanese and Syrian front-line military positions and Gaza border check-points, first-hand observations of Hamas terrorist trials, and intimate conversations with legendary Israeli war heroes and Arab intelligence agents will provide intense exploration and deep understanding of Israel’s survival and security in the geopolitical reality of the Middle East today.

Riding on ATVs along the Syrian border.

Riding on ATVs along the Syrian border.

Beyond politics and security expertise, Israel contains abundant opportunities for adventure and activity. To enhance participants’ growing sense of the terrain, the Ultimate Mission offers scenic and cultural opportunities such as ATV’ing in the Golan Heights, a breathtaking boat ride on the moonlit Sea of Galilee, and a traditional Shabbat experience in the Old City of Jerusalem, the undisputed center of holiness for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Group dinner at one of the finest restaurants, The Sea of Galilee.

Group dinner at one of the finest restaurants, The Sea of Galilee.

Situated at the crossroads of three continents, Israel is an intriguing travel destination where culture, religion and politics coalesce. Those on the Ultimate Mission will discover that the issues in Israel are not black and white but complex narratives woven throughout both the physical landscape as well as the culture and historical collective memories binding the Israeli people.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Israel off the beaten track, feel the conflict first hand, understand the security issues and politic realities, and have an unforgettable trip!

The Mission far exceed my expectations. I honestly did not believe that I would experience and witness all the incredible sounding itinerary items outlined. Even my Israeli friends (all whom had served in the Israeli army) told me I was dreaming and that there was no way Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center or anyone else for that matter could arrange access to such high calibre speakers, access to military bases and other high security installations. However the Shurat HaDin Ultimate Mission did just that and provided the Mission participants an uncompromising real life insight to the threats facing Israel on a daily basis. As a result of attending this Mission, I have filled substantial gaps in my knowledge on Israel, its citizens and its place amongst its neighbouring countries. The trip has also connected me with like- minded people from around the world that have now become dear friends. I recommend this trip without a shadow of a doubt to anyone that wants to obtain the truth on the challenges facing Israel and the high morals this country holds with its Jewish and non-Jewish population and its approach with its adversaries. The May 2014 Mission will definitely not be my last.

Lawrence G.



Jewish Press Staff

Israel Preparing to take the Palestinian Authority to the Hague

Friday, April 11th, 2014

In cooperation with the Israeli government, an Israeli NGO, Shurat Hadin – The Israel Law Center, is preparing the infrastructure for taking senior members of the Palestinian Authority to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for their role and participation in terror attacks, according to a report in Makor Rishon.

The claims will be submitted to the court if Palestinian Authority president, Abu Mazen, decides to launch a lawfare attack against Israel at the ICJ. The Palestinian Authority has been threatening to take Israel to the Hague since its status was upgraded in the UN.

Israel has begun taking multiple retaliatory steps in response to the Palestinian Authority breaching the peace talks agreement by taking unilateral actions by applying to various UN groups, and refusing to extend the talks.

Shurat HaDin, an Israeli NGO that defends the legal rights of terror victims, initiated the idea. Various Israeli government offices will be assisting Shurat HaDin in preparing the lawsuits against senior Palestinian Authority officials in the ICJ.

Last year Shurat HaDin began a series of high profile lawsuits in the U.S. against the PA and others involved in terrorism against Israelis. A few of the cases resulted in judgement with high payouts to the victims.

Nitzana Dershan-Leitner, who founded and runs Shurat HaDin, says the purpose of preparing these lawsuits is to discourage the PA from filing any lawsuits in the Hague.

Dershan-Leitner said that as soon as the ICJ Criminal Court recognizes the Palestinian Authority and allows them to sue Israel, it then creates a two-way street, and which allows the PA and its officials to be sued in return, in the same court. The [terrorist] crimes the PA and its officials have committed is far worse than anything they are claiming against Israel.

Dershan-Leitner added that Shurat HaDin has clear documentation in its possession as to who committed and who is behind each terror attack

Shalom Bear

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.

Yori Yanover

Israeli-Americans Oppose US Motion to Dismiss Suit on Aid to PA

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The 24 Americans living in Israel who had sued the State Department over U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority have filed their opposition brief to the government’s motion to dismiss,” Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) said Wednesday

The plaintiffs allege that aid money to the PA is not being carefully scrutinized nor administered and funds terrorism. The lawsuit was originally filed last November, and attorneys for the American government filed a motion to dismiss their claims.

The plaintiffs contend that the State Department has recklessly ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements which govern U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority. The Americans, some of whom are victims of terror themselves, allege that as a result of White House non-compliance with federal regulations, funds have been flowing to terror groups like Hamas despite federal prohibitions against support for terrorism.

The government claims that the plaintiffs lack standing to bring this civil action and that the case  raises “political questions” best left to the other branches of government. The plaintiffs in turn argue that enforcing limitations on federal foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority against State Department abuses is the judiciary’s job and that suit is far from being an “abuse of discretion,” as the defendants contend.

Shurat HaDin stated, “The government also contends that it is pure speculation that Americans can be injured by terrorism in Israel….”

It is estimated that since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the United States State Department, via USAID has given more than $4 billion to the Palestinian Authority. Under the Anti-Terrorism Act, the State Department is required to certify that the Palestinian government is committed to a peaceful co-existence with Israel before distributing funds, and ensure that no part of funding is used for terrorism.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Tel Aviv Group Threatens Australian BDS Professors with Legal Action

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

A Tel Aviv-based civil rights group warned Australian supporters of a proposed boycott against Israel on Thursday that their activities were racist, and in violation of Australian Federal anti-discrimination laws. Recently, faculty and students at Sydney University called for the severing of links with Israeli institutions.

In letters sent to Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Professor Stuart Rees and others, Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center threatened to take legal action if they did not immediately discontinue their boycott campaign.

This past semester, the university’s student body endorsed Associate Professor Jake Lynch’s academic boycott of Israel. Lynch had publicly announced his refusal to work with Dan Avnon, an Israeli professor from the prestigious Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which promotes Israeli-Arab coexistence, and also called for a boycott of Technion University in Haifa.

Professors’ Lynch and Rees’ actions, although widely condemned by mainstream politicians and community figures, have also been supported by NSW Labor MP Lynda Voltz and Mary Kostakidis.

According to NSW Solicitor Andrew Hamilton of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been recognized as antisemitic by leading authorities such as Anti-Defamation League in the United States, and in a report recently released by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

In the letters Hamilton pointed out that the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975 made it “unlawful for a person to do any act involving a distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, … national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of any human right or fundamental freedom in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.”

Hamilton also warned that any “successful” boycott of Israel was illegal under the Competition and Consumer Act of 2010 if they damage the businesses they target, and that as a result parties could be investigated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and face legal action for damages.

“Lynch, Rees, Voltz and others like them seek to impose restrictions on those having Israeli and Jewish national, racial or ethnic origins, whether these are goods, services, persons and organizations. The participants of the BDS movement clearly seek to violate freedoms guaranteed by Federal law,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton added out that “these individuals act with the clear purpose of nullifying or impairing the recognition and equal footing of those persons and organizations whom they seek to boycott, divest from and sanction.”

Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center is an organization dedicated to enforcing basic human rights through the legal system and represents victims of terrorism in courtrooms around the world. Its clients include American, European, and Israeli citizens. It is a fully independent non-profit organization, unaffiliated with any political party or governmental body.

Read a copy of the letter to Lynch.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

Legal Activist Calls for Prosecuting France 2 for Al-Dura Hoax

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Israel should file criminal charges against France 2 following a government report Sunday that the television channel broadcast a film in 200 that falsely portrayed the alleged killing of 12-year-old Mohammed Al-Dura by Israeli soldiers.

Charles Enderlin was bureau chief of France 2 when the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War, broke out. He “should never be allowed to practice journalism in Israel again,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center.

“In 2007 we argued at the High Court in Jerusalem that France 2’s credentials be canceled, but the press office cited they had a lack of authority to do so,” she added. “Now that the government has determined we were right, it’s time France 2’s bureau chief be prosecuted. Enderlin’s report became a symbol of the second Intifada and a modern-day blood libel directly resulting in hundreds of Jewish and Arab deaths, only for the purpose of raising France 2’s ratings.

“The French network ignited a still-burning torch of hatred against Israel, with images of al-Dura still being presented in anti-Israel protests in Iran, the Arab world and in Western Europe. Those who are responsible must bear the consequences of their actions in order to avoid the repetition of incidents like this and, moreover, to stop this blood libel once and for all.”

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