LNI Newsletter #1
Join our UNHRC Blacklist working group
On Feb. 12th, the UNHRC published a list of companies deemed to be complicit in encouraging, building and maintaining “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.”
Over 20 lawyers have already joined, if you too wish to contribute, please contact us.
Meet-up in Washington DC or join on Zoom
The International Legal Forum (ILF), together with the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (AAJLJ) invite you to a collaborative meeting on:
Sunday, March 1st at 10:00 AM EST
The offices of Stuart H Newberger, Crowell & Moring LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 1001
Washington DC. 20004
**(See below for arrival Instructions)
The meeting will include a briefing by Jonathan Heuberger, from the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, regarding the Ministry's latest reports on BDS' terror links and Antisemitism.
A big thank you for Stuart Newberger and Newberger, Crowell & Moring LLP for hosting the meeting at their office!
Join our meeting on ZOOM:
Meeting ID: 229 167 275 Password: 003621
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**Arrival Instructions: Due to construction, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW and E Street entrances are closed. When you arrive, please use either one of the “side” entrances on 10th or 11th Street NW between Pennsylvania Ave NW and E St NW. Note that there is construction within the building lobby. Please check-in at the security desk under the clock and proceed to the 10th floor.
If you are planning on taking Metro, the closest stops are Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines) or Archives (Yellow and Green Lines). If you are planning to drive, daily parking is available in the building.
LNI Secured Platform Launch
Over the past few months, we’ve created a new online platform focused on connecting hundreds of our lawyers around the world. The new LNI platform will enable all of us to stay up to date with each other's efforts and events, share resources (such as legislation, case law, legal articles, legal opinions, memoranda) in a private and secure space and network on a personal level with fellow legal professionals across the globe. Our main goal in establishing the platform was to create a one-stop-shop for pro-Israel legal advocacy. We are slowly growing the community and inviting each of you to join the network via personal invite.
International IHRA Campaign
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) created and adopted the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism in 2016 (named IHRA for short). The IHRA-definition of antisemitism defines, for instance, the delegitimization of Israel, accusations of dual loyalty, the BDS movement and the denial of the right of self-determination for the Jewish people as anti-Semitic. The source of its great potential is that it comes from a legal perspective, rather than an emotional or ‘Hasbara’ type argument.
Proper implementation of IHRA will enable authorities to more effectively enforce criminal laws such as hate crime, hate speech, incitement to violence and discrimination. As such, this is potentially a powerful and effective tool to fight anti-Semitism and the de-legitimization of Israel, with the potential to affect the lives of all Jews and supporters of Israel across the world for the better.
To date, 20 countries, including the major Western countries and the EU, have adopted the IHRA definition. However, research clearly shows that antisemitism is on the increase, including in the countries that have already adopted IHRA. It is our belief that as IHRA is not legally binding, we must work with relevant professionals and authorities, within the various countries to educate and present creative and proactive solutions to implement IHRA within their own domestic judicial systems.
LFI’s IHRA campaign launched on January 27th, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and we are continuously working to get it adopted by additional governments and jurisdictions worldwide. For more information, contact us!