OUR ACTIVITIES

Activities

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 #AmnestyLies
Countering Amnesty's Apartheid Report Against Israel

On this dedicated page, you will find various resource materials, statements, and graphics for your use.

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 #Students4IHRA
Join students from around the world to fight antisemitism, both on and off-campus. 

This is a first-of-its-kind campaign to amplify the voices of students who are fighting bigotry on campus, using the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. The IHRA working definition is the most respected and widely used definition of antisemitism in the world, with dozens of countries. Over 30 countries and hundreds of civil society and educational institutions have endorsed it, including 137 universities worldwide. Now, students are coming together to say loudly and clearly :

“The IHRA working definition of antisemitism speaks for us!”

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#SayNoToDurbanIV Festival of Hate

The Durban 2001 Conference was meant to bring the international community together to present a global front in the fight against racism. Instead, the conference descended into an unhinged display of Jew hatred, giving birth to the modern BDS Movement and the pervasive discourse and vilification of Israel we see around the world today.

This September 22nd, world leaders will come together at the United Nations, to celebrate this antisemitic festival of hate! But the ILF and all those who truly care about fighting racism and promoting tolerance, will not stand idly by!

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Criticism of Israel is not Antisemitic. But ‘Anti-Zionism’ is. This is why

In this essay published in the Fathom Journal, ILF Lawyer Russell Shalev explains why ‘Criticism of Israel is not Antisemitic. But ‘Anti-Zionism’ is.’

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Our Response to UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk

As this session of the UN Human Rights Council comes to an end, its bias, obsession, and hatred towards Israel continues.

The UN Special Rapporteur Michal Lynk is a central part of this relentless assault against Israel. Watch our new video, which exposes this hypocrisy and double standards!

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Summary of Supreme Court Ruling on Nation-State Law

On Thursday, July 8th, 2021, the Israeli Supreme Court, sitting as the High Court of Justice (HCJ), delivered its ruling on the constitutionality of the “Israel - the Nation-State of the Jewish People” Basic Law, colloquially known as the Nation-State Law. The judgement, delivered in response to 15 separate petitions against the law, was decided 10-1 in favour of the law’s constitutionality.

Read the ILF's summary and analysis below.

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The Durban Conferences: Enabling Delegitimisation of Israel and Antisemitism

The first Durban Conference, the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, quickly descended into a shameful demonstration of antisemitic, anti-Israel rhetoric resulting in the adoption of the 'Durban Declaration', a declaration which singled out one country only for racism: Israel. It was where BDS was conceived and where the international campaign against Israel gained momentum, a momentum which continues to gather today.

Join our chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky and Natasha Hausdorff of UK Lawyers for Israel Charitable Trust , to hear how the Durban series of conferences continue to promote the  delegitimisation of Israel and fan the flames of antisemitic anti-Zionism.

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Ancient Hatred, Modern Times Webinar

With Jewish communities under assault worldwide, watch this webinar by the ILF, joined by our panel of leading global experts, to discuss this surge in violent antisemitism, its sources, and how we can respond.

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Sheikh Jarrah: A Legal Background

This issue is one that is creating (via a domino effect) massive storms in the local Israeli as well as international media and has even led to supposedly 'peaceful protest' throughout Israel as a response. The ILF has prepared a short legal background to help you understand the situation as well as some easy to use images for social media.

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A 101 on IHRAs Working Definition of Antisemitism

The ILF and CIJA are proud to present this short 101. Featuring the esteemed Irwin Cotler. This video will give you an overview on the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, how to counter the criticism that is brought against it and why it is more crucial now than ever.

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The ICC Decision and Where We Go From Here- Special Webinar

What was decided by the Court?
What is so controversial about it and why? 
What are the main talking points? 
What’s next and what can be done? 

Join our esteemed group of experts to learn all you can about this important development

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Covid-19 Vaccines, the Modern Blood Libel  and How to Fight Back

In the minds of antisemites, Jews have long been held responsible for plague and disease. In the Middle Ages, Jews were accused of bringing about the Black Plague by poisoning the wells.

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Antisemitism & De-Legitimization Report

We would like to present you with our newest report which offers insight into the most significant global trends of 2020 from the frontlines against terror, antisemitism, and de-legitimization. Moreover, we present our projections on where the next battlefield will be in 2021 and where we should focus our efforts.

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The 'Blacklist' Fails Once Again, this Time in Norway

In January 2016 the State Department under Obama published a "re-issuance" of labeling guidelines of products from the West Bank, arguing that the US policy has always been that all products from the West Bank must be labeled ''West Bank'' and not ''made in Israel'', including products manufactured in areas under Israeli control. There were attempts in Norway to do the same, attempts that failed.

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Major Success, Our Labelling Battle Complete after 5 years

In January 2016 the State Department under Obama published a "re-issuance" of labeling guidelines of products from the West Bank, arguing that the US policy has always been that all products from the West Bank must be labeled ''West Bank'' and not ''made in Israel'', including products manufactured in areas under Israeli control.

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ILF warns that appointing PLO official as Harvard fellow might be in violation of law

Foodbenders, a Toronto based restaurant, is facing legal action after using the hashtag “#zionistsnotwelcome” and making statements such as “police brutality is an Israeli export” and “Zionists are Nazis,” in social media posts.

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True equality means fairness for all,  will the Welsh Government exclude companies doing business in the territories?

Time and time again despite their lack of success, the antisemitic and anti-Israel groups have tried to convince governments and companies to boycott Israel.This time they reached the Welsh Parliament.

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Exposed: Organization designated by Israel as a terror organization receives funding from EU

The Union of Health Work Committees (HWC), another committee belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was designated by Israel as a terror organization. 

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Cutting Funds to Cut Back Terror

Proper Due Diligence Recommendation Paper Submitted to the EU

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ILF files groundbreaking case in Toronto utilizing the IHRA definition

Foodbenders, a Toronto based restaurant, is facing legal action after using the hashtag “#zionistsnotwelcome” and making statements such as “police brutality is an Israeli export” and “Zionists are Nazis,” in social media posts. The restaurant owner has discriminated against Jews when she publicly stated her refusal to serve Zionists in her store. 

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Paypal Closes Payment Account of French Terror Affiliate

The ILF sent a letter to PayPal to inform them they were providing a service to an organization with links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a designated terrorist organization in the EU, US, Canada, and Israel. 

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Opposing the International Criminal Court’s Hostile Moves Against Israel

On December 20, 2019, the Prosecutor's Office (OTP) of the ICC announced that it would be launching an official investigation into war crimes against Israel. The OTP then deferred the question of jurisdiction of the ICC over “Palestine” to the Court.

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The United Nation Human Rights Council's Blacklist

On February 12, 2020, 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.”

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Blocked Terror Funding via Large Financial Platforms

Together with the Zionist Advocacy Center, the ILF launched a major campaign against large online payment systems known to be providing services to the NGO Samidoun.

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Ground-Breaking Legal Battle Links BDS, Terrorism and US Based Human Rights Group

For almost two years the ILF, along with our partners, researched the links between the BDS and designated terror groups, with the aim to stop the funding and de-legitimize this vehemently Antisemitic and exploitative movement.

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Fighting Antisemitism From Words to Actions

The adoption of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism is an important first step towards combating antisemitism, as in order to fight it, it must first be defined. The working definition does precisely that, providing a legal definition of antisemitism for the first time in history including classical forms of antisemitism, Holocaust denial or inversion and modern antisemitism, including denying the Jewish right to self-determination. The ILF is launching this project and intends to incorporate its vast network of lawyers around the world to extends the project's global reach. Together, we can help turn back the tide of antisemitism.

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Ban on Religious Slaughter Challenged in European Court

In July 2017 the Flemish government issued a decree in which the un-stunned/un-sedated slaughter of animals is prohibited making both Jewish and Muslim religious slaughter illegal.

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2nd Legal Network Initiative Conference

Together with Ministry of Strategic Affairs, the International Legal Forum brought together representatives from over 30 countries. The conference enabled us to provide our network of lawyers with different practical tools and knowledge, as well as designated projects to pursue in their countries of origin.

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Issam Aqel Released After Arrest by PA for Selling Land to Jews
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Antisemitic Cartoon Removed from Textbooks in Belgium

Two months after the ILF notified the Belgian Ministry of Education regarding an antisemitic caricature featured in an official Belgian schoolbook, the Belgian Ministry announced in response that it will be removed in the next edition.

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ILF Complaint Against Palestinian Football President

Following the political struggle waged by the President of the Palestinian Football Association (PLE), Jibril Rajoub, in an attempt to boycott Israeli teams, the ILF has filed a complaint to FIFA's ethics committee calling for the removal of Rajoub from his position, on the basis of racism, incitement to violence and the endangerment of Israeli team members.

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Gaza Flotilla in International Criminal Court for 3rd time

An internal rift within the International Criminal Court (ICC) system has arisen over the controversial Mavi Marmara Flotilla case, and the very rationale of the Rome-Statute treaty that established the ICC is being tested.

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Battling Unlawful Irish Bill Frances Black Bill

The Irish Parliament is progressing with the legislation of the Frances Black Bill - a bill that will criminalize the import, sale, and purchase of goods and services from territories beyond the Green Line. If passed into law, these trivial acts and fundamental freedoms, might be sanctioned with up to 5 years imprisonment.

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Airbnb Revokes Decision to Boycott Settlement Properties

In November 2018, Airbnb announced a change in policy and delisted all properties listed in Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. ​In response, the International Legal Forum, together with the Zionist Advocacy Center, collected the signatures of over 1,000 Airbnb subscribers who wished to complain about this change in Airbnb's terms of use.

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Granting Equal Legal Rights to All Victims of Terror

Together with MK Amir Ohana, the ILF has submitted an amendment to the Victims of Violent Crimes Act, thus aiming to equalize the rights of terror victims with the rights of all other victims of violent crimes in Israel. With the passing of this legislation, this shameful and discriminatory legal reality will finally come to an end.

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Tackling East Jerusalem Schools with Terrorist Affiliations 

New research uncovered that terrorist groups, such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, are affiliated with a network of state funded schools in East Jerusalem, and that they are influencing the school curriculum and activities.

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EU Label Israeli Products in Clear Antisemitic Move

In November 2016 the European Union approved a measure labeling Jewish-made goods from Judea and Samaria, East Jerusalem and the Golan in a clear Antisemtic move.

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Deceptive Interpretation of US Labeling Guidelines Exposed

In January 2016, the United States State Department issued a reminder that products made in West Bank areas under Israeli control should not be labeled "Made in Israel" in accordance with the 1995 guidelines. The announcement drew fierce criticism from Israel as this seemed shockingly inconsistent with US policy, especially that of 1995. 

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