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Bankrupting Terrorism

September 12, 2019

Dear Friends,

Shurat HaDin is continuing its battle against the anti-Semitic BDS movement. On September 6, 2019 we filed an amicus curiae, “friend of the court” brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the State of Texas’ Anti-BDS law, exposing the insidious discriminatory origins and tactics of the BDS movement.  

 

 

 

The brief was drafted and filed with the help of alumni from Shurat HaDin’s Lawyers & Activists Training Seminar, Attorneys Edward L. Rothberg of Houston, Mark M. Baker of New York, Jay M. Goldstein of Houston and Charles D. Pulman of Dallas. Attorney Steven Frank of Washington D.C. provided the original draft for a similar brief filed in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals which served as the catalyst for Shurat HaDin’s involvement.  Read the full Amicus brief here. 

Dear Friends,

Shurat HaDin is continuing its battle against the anti-Semitic BDS movement. On September 6, 2019 we filed an amicus curiae, “friend of the court” brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the State of Texas’ Anti-BDS law, exposing the insidious discriminatory origins and tactics of the BDS movement.  
 
The brief was drafted and filed with the help of alumni from Shurat HaDin’s Lawyers & Activists Training Seminar, Attorneys Edward L. Rothberg of Houston, Mark M. Baker of New York, Jay M. Goldstein of Houston and Charles D. Pulman of Dallas. Attorney Steven Frank of Washington D.C. provided the original draft for a similar brief filed in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals which served as the catalyst for Shurat HaDin’s involvement.  Read the full Amicus brief here. 
 
The State of Texas passed a law requiring any contractor who does business with the state to certify that they will not boycott Israel.  Several individuals who contract with educational institutions in Texas, represented by attorneys from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the ACLU, challenged the law arguing the First Amendment protects participation in what they characterize as a political boycott.  The court found the law unconstitutional and granted their request for a restraining order.  The State of Texas appealed.
 
Our brief makes it clear that the Court’s application of the First Amendment was incorrect in this case.  The United States Constitution places no value on discrimination.  We expose the dark and violent underbelly of the modern BDS movement as the racist & anti-Semitic campaign to isolate, demonize and destroy Jews that it is; not  the benign political boycott against government “policies”, nor the human rights movement it pretends to be. We contend that the State of Texas has every right, under the Constitution, to not fund BDS’ unlawful discriminatory agenda.
 

Every attack against Jews and Israel worldwide will be met with a strong response.  Shurat HaDin will not rest until we hand BDS yet another powerful defeat.   

 

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
President of Shurat-HaDin

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