August 23, 2011

Lawfare by the good guys...

Meet the Legal Wonks Who Brought Down the Flotilla — Commentary Magazine:

...The "right-wing" law center that caused Benjamin so much grief is Shurat HaDin – the Israeli group that single-handedly took down the "Freedom Flotilla II" simply by filing creative lawsuits. In total, nine out of the 10 boats in the flotilla never touched Israeli waters, largely due to Shurat HaDin's work.

Led by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and her husband Avi Leitner, the legal center is pioneering a new strategy of Israeli-self defense: Pro-Israel Lawfare.

"There is a way of fighting back, we just have to start thinking like Jews again," Avi Leitner told me during the Leitners' recent visit to D.C. "And remember, the Jews invented lawfare, the Jews invented law. So you don't sit on your hands."

The first step the legal center took against the flotilla was to target private companies that may have been assisting it. "We thought, what do boats need in order to sail?" Darshan-Leitner told me. "And we realized that all boats must have insurance." Shurat HaDin began by contacting the major maritime insurance agencies, and informing them they might be criminally liable for "aiding and abetting" a terrorist organization if they provided insurance.

The response was very positive: some of the companies even said they were aware of the legal consequences, and had already made the decision not to work with the flotilla.

Shortly after, Shurat HaDin was contacted by the Israeli Prime Minister's office, which offered its assistance. "They said we had to do anything, anything possible to stop the flotilla," said Darshan-Leitner. "They asked if there was anything they could do. We said, 'you tell us, what else do ships need?'"

The prime minister's office said the boats would require satellite communication service to access GPS, contact the port, and – most importantly – to facilitate media coverage. Shurat HaDin immediately sent a letter to the major satellite provider for the area, warning it of the legal consequences if it worked with the flotilla.

And here's another plus for Governor Perry...

Next, Shurat HaDin lawyers discovered American flotilla activists were potentially in violation of the Neutrality Act, which prohibits U.S. citizens from taking part in a hostile act against an allied country. "So we approached the Attorney General of the United States to fix it. And we also got Gov. Rick Perry to write a letter to Eric Holder," said Darshan-Leitner.

It may seem a little weird that the governor of Texas would be one of the first people Darshan-Leitner approached to help with the plan. But she explained that Perry was enthusiastically on-board with the cause ever since he met her on a trip to Israel.

"I once spoke at a mission that Perry took part in, in Israel," she said. "And he approached me and said, 'I love what you do. It's amazing what you do. If you ever need help combating Israel's enemies, I'm here to assist.'"...

If you like this kind of thing, here's the web site of Shurat HaDin.

It's important to keep in mind that "pro-Palestinian" is almost invariably a disguise for anti-Semitism. Our western fake-liberals never pay the slightest bit of attention when the Palestinians are abused by Arab countries, as the frequently have been. Nor do they care about other oppressed peoples of the Middle East. Their concern is fraudulent; they are Jew-haters.

And in fact the type of westerners who wear keffiyehs are Jew-killers. (See here for a good piece on the keffiyeh fashion.) That's the main industry of the Palestinians, to be proxy Jew-haters and Jew-killers for the rest of the world. We support them (the US gives 600 million a year) to do what many in the West want done while avoiding the need to be conscious of it.

That may all sound improbable, but I believe that much of what we all do is really decided unconsciously, and that the unconscious parts of us are often more intelligent and purposeful then the conscious. And I strongly suspect that many a ditzy keffiyeh-weasring young trendoid (COUGHMeganMcCainCOUGH) who could not coherently argue for anything is unconsciously symbolically rejecting God, by attacking His Chosen People.

Israel flag. 

Posted by John Weidner at August 23, 2011 8:42 AM
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