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August 31, 2022

Admin Mum After Abbas Claims Israel Commits ‘50 Holocausts’ on Palestinians

ILF CEO Arsen Ostrovsky quoted in the Washington Free Beacon, on how mere condemnations of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas's Holocaust distortion remarks is "patently insufficient." The international community must stop coddling Abbas and start holding him to account!

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August 2, 2022

A New Low for Antisemitism at the UN 

Just when you thought the United Nations could not stoop any lower in its relentless antisemitism, this past week, it reached a new despicable low, with obscene antisemitic comments made by a U.N. Human Rights Council official, alleging "the Jewish Lobby" controls social media.

The man behind the remarks, Miloon Kothari, was one of three individuals appointed to the Navi Pillay-led open-ended 'Commission of Inquiry' against Israel last year.

Read ILF's CEO Arsen Ostrovsky's Op Ed to learn more.

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July 19, 2022

Israeli group levels torture accusations against the Palestinian Authority, group submits claim to ICC

The ILF has filed a submission to the International Criminal Court alleging the systemic torture of Palestinians by the group that oversees part of the West Bank and its reported liability for the captivity of Israelis in the Gaza Strip. 

The International Legal Forum is alleging the Palestinian National Authority and its leadership – President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh – routinely engage in torturing Palestinians, including journalists, political opponents, dissidents, human rights activists, minors and members of the LGBTQ community. 

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July 12, 2022

ILF Op-Ed Ahead of President Biden's Arrival in Israel

Ahead of President Biden's visit to the Middle East, our CEO Arsen Ostrovsky has published this Op-Ed in The Washington Times, calling on the President to seize the historic opportunities being presented, not revert to failed policies of the past, in pressuring Israel to make concessions, while appeasing Palestinian leadership, specifically on potential division of Jerusalem and renewal of funding, that will undoubtedly go towards 'Pay to Slay' terror payments.

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June 10, 2022

Biden administration overrules Trump policy on Palestinians

 The Biden administration announced a dramatic yet partial reversal of Donald Trump’s closure of the consulate to the Palestinians in Jerusalem by opening a "U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs" in the city.

"Having been unable to force upon Israel their plan to open a consulate to the Palestinians in Jerusalem, this is a transparent attempt by the Biden administration to go round the back door, with a de facto consulate in clear attempt to water down the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital," Arsen Ostrovsky, an Israeli human rights attorney and chairman and CEO of the International Legal Forum, told Fox News Digital.

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June 8, 2022

UN blames Israel for conflict with Palestinians, to probe discrimination

The COI's report is "nothing more than a waste of money and effort of the United Nations’ systems" and "part and parcel of the witchhunt being carried out by the Human Rights Council against Israel," the Foreign Ministry said in response to the report on Monday

 

International Legal Forum CEO Arsen Ostrovsky said that the COI is in contravention of the UN’s own rules, which state that the members of such commissions “should, in all cases, have a proven record of independence and impartiality.”

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May 17, 2022

International groups condemn UN probe on Israel, Palestinian fighting, cite 'bias'

'More than a dozen groups from around the globe, led by the International Legal Forum (ILF), have condemned the probe as biased following its appointment of three officials, including former United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay, to lead the investigations.

The groups pointed to Pillay’s role as high commissioner from 2008-2014, when she assembled multiple fact-finding missions into Israeli military operations in areas like the Gaza Strip.'

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March 23, 2022

International Legal Forum quoted in JNS on Israel 'apartheid' allegations

Arsen Ostrovsky, Chair and CEO of the International Legal Forum, called Lynk’s report “the latest in a litany of one-sided, baseless reports, vilifying Israel and engaging in a full-scale lawfare assault on Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state.” 

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March 17, 2022

ILF moderates JNF-USA panel with legal experts on Ben & Jerry's Israel boycott

The ILF was proud to moderate this fascinating panel with legal experts, taking an in-depth look at the legal, financial, and political response and implications of Ben & Jerry's Israel boycott, how Unilever is handling it, and other aspects of BDS. You can watch it now.

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January 26, 2022

On eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, ‘Students 4 IHRA’ campaign launched

On the brink of International Holocaust Remembrance Day this Thursday, StandWithUs and the International Legal Forum  announced the collaborative launch of a new multimedia-based campaign, "Students 4 IHRA: United to Define it." The campaign will also educate and provide students with the legal tools, resources and skills to confront and combat the alarming rise of antisemitism on campuses around the world. The campaign website will serve as a center for information and resources about IHRA, as well as providing practical tools and skills to respond to antisemitism.

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January 7, 2022

Arsen Ostrovsky, talks to Serbian News

Our Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky participated in a wide-ranging feature interview with Nova.rs of Serbia, where he discussed everything from Israeli - Palestinian conflict, Iran, regional challenges (and opportunities) and much more!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 26, 2021

The ILF, the Abraham Accords, and More. Arsen Ostrovsky and Shachar Azani on JBS

 ILF's Chair and CEO, Arsen Ostrovsky, was interviewed by Shahar Azani of JBS - Jewish Broadcasting Service about our work and the one-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords, including the impact they have had inside Israel and around the region. Watch here!

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October 7, 2021

The Washington Free Beacon covers the ILF campaign to stop the release of "Fursan Al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.", a gruesome video game, inciting terror against Israelis, on the world's largest gaming distributor.

"This game, with its unhinged glorification of violence and incitement to terror, may place Valve in direct violation of United States anti-terror laws and subject to potential civil litigation," the International Legal Forum, a nonprofit advocacy group that combats anti-Semitism and represents more than 3,500 lawyers and civil society activists across the globe, wrote to Valve.

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September 11, 2021

#BREAKING: ILF’s exposes September 11 anniversary event featuring convicted terrorists and terror supporters, from PFLP, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas.

It is simply inexcusable (and likely breach of U.S. anti-terror laws) that a Webinar marking 20 years since September 11, would feature convicted terrorists! We call on those sponsoring the event, including San Francisco State University & Rutgers to immediately withdraw their endorsement and digital media companies, including YouTube, to deny use of their platforms to stream this event.

See more coverage in Jerusalem Post and Jewish Journal.

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August 26, 2021

IHRA Signers Must Not Participate in Durban Conferance

The International Legal Forum argues that states that adopted the IHRA Working Definition of antisemitism should not attend a conference that operates in violation of IHRA's tenets.

The International Legal Forum (ILF),, penned a letter to European countries calling on them to withdraw their participation from an upcoming event marking the 20th anniversary of the Durban Conference, to be held at the United Nations in New York next month.

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August 10, 2021

The Abraham Accords, 1 year later 

As we celebrate the 1st anniversary of the historic Abraham Accords, ILF’s Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky has written this personal reflection in Newsweek, about the sense of hope and optimism that so many of us feel! 

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July 21, 2021

Arsen Ostrovsky on the Ben & Jerrys Boycott

ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky was interviewed on i24NEWS English about the Ben & Jerry's boycott and some of the legal steps available in response to this discriminatory and antisemitic action.

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July 5, 2021

U N  & EU for Funds Meant for Gaza aid Go to Terror

ILF Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky was interviewed on ILTV News tonight, about ensuring that aid money to Gaza, especially from Qatar and other parties, does not reach hands of Hamas, and importance for making connection of such aid to the return of Israelis currently being held captive by the Palestinian terror group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 22, 2021

Russell Shalev on ILTV Insider - Palestinian reunification controversy

Join our very own Russell A. Shalev as he discusses the recent controversy surrounding Israel's Palestinian family reunification bill.

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June 8, 2021

Israeli ambassador: Hamas was using Associated Press building to jam Iron Dome technology

Israeli Ambassador to the UN and US Gilad Erdan told the Associated Press on Monday that the Palestinian terror group Hamas was using its now destroyed Gaza building to obstruct the Iron Dome missile defense system, according to the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel.

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May 26, 2021

“Hezbollah is inseparable from the Iranian regime,”

“Hezbollah is trying to capitalize on the events of the last two weeks, during which Israel fought Hamas. With Lebanon in the midst of an unprecedented financial collapse, Hezbollah, which is one of the richest terrorist organizations in the world, is seeking to exploit this, in order to maintain their relevance and stranglehold on Lebanon,” said Arsen Ostrovsky, Chair and CEO of The International Legal Forum (ILF), an Israel-based network of lawyers dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, terror and the delegitimization of Israel in the legal arena.

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May 19, 2021

ILF's Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky on 2GB Radio

Listen to ILF's Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky on 2GB Radio, Sydney (Australia) top radio program, providing a very raw account of life in Israel under fire, as well as reiterating Hamas responsibility for this wave of terror.

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May 14, 2021

Radio 6PR interview with Arsen Ostrovsky

'2000 rockets in 3 days, no one would tolerate this. We want peace for those in Gaza and in Israel but Hamas doesn't care who they kill, their only goal is to kill Israelis.' Join our Chair and CEO, Arsen Ostrovsky on  Radio 6PR interview with Liam Bartlett as he explains to the world what is really going on in Israel.

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April 29,2021

 They could say that the earth is flat 200 times, but that would not make it any truer

Join our Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky on I24 as he deals with the lies of Human Rights Watch.Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of ''Apartheid ' crimes- 'They could say that the earth is flat 200 times, but that would not make it any truer' 

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April 26,2021

ILF Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky interviewed on i24NEWS English about the horrific murder of Sarah Halimi (z'l) and her killer's escape of trial.

Ostrovsky: "This was an abhorrent miscarriage of justice, tantamount to state-sanctioned murder and reminiscent of the dark days of Dreyfus Affair.

How many more such rallies do we have to see until French Authorities understand the message: 'Enough is enough'? That they have to take real, concrete, meaningful action to eradicate this relentless Jew hatred & Antisemitism in France!"

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February 11,2021

The ILF History and Future

Join Yifa Segal on this JBDS segment. She talks about the history of the International Legal Forum, her most memorable cases, as well as where the organization is looking to the future.  Included in this interview is an analysis of the ICC recent decision and how this decision will effect Israel and the world.

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January 13,2021

BDS Fails: Anti-Israel Strategy Flops, Movement Focuses on ‘Anti-Zionism’

The ILFs in-depth report on antisemitism in 2020 and the trends that we predict for 2021 was just released and is already gaining traction all around the world. Read this report from United With Israel to better understand the report.

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December 18,2020

Israeli Org Accuses European Court of Picking Fight with Jews After Okaying Ban on Kosher Slaughter.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is targeting the Jewish population in Europe and is waging a religious war against them, an Israeli human rights organization charged after the CJEU ruled that banning Kosher slaughtering on the basis of animal rights is legal.

Responding to the ruling, Yifa Segal, Chair and CEO of the International Legal Forum, said that the ruling was essentially pushing Jewish life on the Continent towards its end.

“We are witnessing a tragic and difficult moment, a moment that could mark the future emptying of Europe of all the observant Jewish communities within its borders,” Segal told TPS.

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August 4, 2020

The Netherlands Accepts Evidence and Shuts Down Funding of Terror Proxy

The two murders of 17 year old Rina Schnerb, who was brutally murdered in 2019, received funds from Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC). This organization is tied to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP), a designated terrorist organization. The UAWC received millions of Euros in funding form the government of the Netherlands. The ILF working alongside and together with many organisations amongst them  NGO Monitor successfully managed to prove the connection and have the funding suspended until further investigation is undertaken.

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November 15, 2019

Exposed Link Between BDS Movement and Terror Organisations

The ILF supported KKL and terror victims from the Gaza Envelope to file a major unprecedented lawsuit aims to hold the U.S. based charity, USCPR, responsible for conspiring to provide financial aid and other assistance to designated terrorist organizations via the BDS National Committee (BNC)

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October 24, 2019

We Stand with the
Kurds in Solidarity

The ILF created a coalition of Jewish and Kurdish organizations to help the Kurdish people in their hour of need. The Kurdish people are currently being massacred in Syria and Turkey, while hundreds have already been killed, hundreds of thousands are wounded, displaced, and suffer from horrific living conditions.

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April 25, 2019

ILF Shuts Down Paypal On-Line Terror Payments

Five Together with the Zionist Advocacy centre, the ILF launched a major campaign against large online payment systems known to be providing services to the NGO Samidoun. Samidoun plays a significant role in the international work of raisning support, funds and activists in North America and across Europe for the designated terror group, the Polpular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

As a result of the ILF advocacy efforts, PayPal, Donorbox and Plaid have all recently closed their Samidoun payment accounts.

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May 8, 2017

Lawsuit Against FIFA's Rajoub and Attacks on Israeli Team

Following the political struggle being waged by the President of the Palestinian Football Association (FIFA) 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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February 16, 2016

Uncharacteristic US Labeling of Settlement Products

The US Government released a reminder regarding the labeling of products exported from the West Bank. The US government stated that these products should not be labelled 'Made in Israel', as per a previous a previous law from 1995. However, ILF research revealed that this law relates only to Palestinian products from the area. 

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August 26, 2022

‘Prejudice Against The Jewish People’: State Treasurers Blast Major Financial Firm For Alleged Anti-Israel Bias

ILF CEO Arsen Ostrovsky is quoted in The Daily Caller on the Morningstar BDS campaign against Israel:

"Morningstar has essentially been engaging in BDS practices and economic warfare, by deceptively cloaking its systematic anti-Israel bias under cover of their ESG policy."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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July 31, 2022

‘Despicable New Low:’ Head of U.N. Probe Against Israel Under Fire

"Despicable New Low", ILF is quoted in this  Breitbart News
interview about  the  UNHRC
member Miloon Kothari's indefensible antisemitic remarks about "the Jewish lobby" control, and CoI Chair Pillay's shameful defense of him.

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July 26, 2022

BDS: Divided in strategy, united in hate

ILF’s Head of Operations Asher Stern has published this op-Ed
, exposing how, especially in wake of Boston BDS 'Mapping Project', BDS might be divided in strategy ... but united in the same visceral Jew-hate.

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June 10, 2022

US Restores Direct Communication With Palestinians in Jerusalem, Signaling an Upgrade in Ties

The Biden administration on Thursday reopened a direct line of communication to the Palestinian Authority that was severed under former President Donald Trump.

“After a wave of Palestinian terror in Jerusalem, the last thing the Biden Administration ought to be doing is rewarding Palestinian leadership for this incitement and violence, while entertaining their fanciful intent to divide Jerusalem and deny Jewish connection to the city,” Human rights attorney Arsen Ostrovsky told CBN News.

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June 9, 2022

Critics Blast New UN Report Condemning Israel for 11-Day War With Hamas

 The United Nations is out with another report on Israel that is being condemned by critics as biased and one-sided. This one, released by the Human Rights Council, looks into the war between Israel and Hamas in May 2021.

“It’s unprecedented in terms of scope, in terms of geographic location and most significant in terms of timing. It’s meant to look at the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stemming from the war last May but is something that can go back to before 1948 when Israel was established and in perpetuity into the future as well,” said Arsen Ostrovsky, a human rights lawyer and CEO of the International Legal Forum.

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May 18, 2022

Legal Coalition: U.N. Probe ‘Unprecedented Assault’ on Israel

A global coalition of more than 25 organizations on Tuesday released a report outlining why a United Nations probe against Israel was “singularly unprecedented, unjust and completely lacking in impartiality or any legal basis,” and called for its chair, anti-Israel Navi Pillay, to recuse herself.

Led by the International Legal Forum (ILF),  notes that the UNHRC resolution establishing the Commission did not even mention the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group, the 4,500 rockets launched at Israel during that war, or Israel’s right to self-defense.

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April 10,2022

World Is Silent as Palestinian Rioters Torch Joseph’s Tomb

Human rights lawyer and CEO of the International Legal Forum Arsen Ostrovsky slammed the international community, including the U.N.’s agency for preserving heritage sites, for their failure to condemn the vandalism.

“The attack by Palestinian vigilantes on Joseph’s Tomb, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, was a despicable act of desecration, made even more heinous coming on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover,” Ostrovsky told Breitbart.

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March 22, 2022

International Legal Forum quoted in JNS on Israel 'apartheid' allegations

 In the article, ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky noted that charges of 'apartheid' against Israel are “not grounded in law or motivated by desire to advance peace, but rather by intellectual dishonesty and the simple refusal to accept Israel’s very right to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people.” 

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March 9, 2022

 ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky slams comparisons between Ukraine and Palestinians

 ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky was interviewed on ILTV (6 Mar 2022), responding to outrageous comparisons between the situation in Ukraine and the Palestinians, noting that such comparisons are absolutely absurd and that there has hardly been a single tragedy or cause that some Palestinian activists have not shamefully appropriated. 

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January 9, 2022

Over 100 artists sign letter against anti-Israel boycott of Sydney Festival

ILF's Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky, is quoted in the Jerusalem Post about the Israel boycott at the Sydney Festival: 
“Dance, art and culture, should be a bridge for peace, dialogue and inclusiveness – not hatred, bullying and bigotry, such as displayed by those calling to boycott the Israeli performance at the Sydney Festival.”

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December 6, 2021

The BDS Movement's Threat to Israel

 ILF's Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky was interviewed at length by CBN News about the BDS Movement, it's origins, impact today and what ILF is doing in response to counter this threat.

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October 24, 2021

#BREAKING: Israel declares leading Palestinian NGOs to be PFLP-affiliates!

The International Legal Forum (ILF) has long held that Palestinian NGOs like Addameer, Al Haq, DCI-P, Samidoun & UAWC are terror groups masquerading as 'human rights' organizations. This designation, which we applaud the Israeli government for taking, will greatly assist in the fight against terror, by helping reduce the flow of funds to these groups and their ability to carry out attacks and incite to violence.

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September 30, 2021

ILF Chair & CEO interviewed about EU threat to cut aid to UNRWA

 ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky was interviewed on ILTV News about EU threat to cut aid to UNRWA, unless the UN agency reforms to remove antisemitism and incitement from Palestinian schoolbooks and the Palestinians begins to teach about tolerance, peace and respect. It would appear even the EU is saying 'enough is enough'!

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September 9, 2021

Arizona Treasurer Announces Divestment from Ben & Jerry’s

ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky quoted in the Jewish Journal, following Arizona’s Divestment from Ben & Jerry’s in response to Israel boycott.

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August 25, 2021

Conversation on Zionism

Join our Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky, as he is interviewed by Russell Robinson of Jewish National Fund - USA, in this inspiring conversation on Zionism, where they discuss the history of modern Zionism, its assault in the international legal arena and the upcoming Durban conference. 

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August 5, 2021

ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky discussing latest Ben & Jerry's developments.

ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky was interviewed on ILTV News today, discussing the latest on Ben & Jerry's, including yesterday's open letter by a group of franchisees talking about their substantial financial cost ... and personal toll as a result of the boycott, and what's happening on the legal front!

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July 11, 2021

Praise from Israel for Chancellor Sebastian Kurz: Austria is boycotting the controversial Durban Conference (German)

A wide ranging interview  from ILF Chair and CEO, touching on everything from Austrias brave decision to withdraw from the antisemetic Durban IV conferance, the relationship between Israel and Austria and the rise of antisemitism in Europe.

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June 29, 2021

ILF Chair and CEO on Akhbar TV to discuss  the opening of the Israeli Embassy in the UAE

ILF Chair and CEO, Arsen Ostrovsky, was interviewed by a leading Emirate TV news channel, (أخبار الآن - Akhbar Al Aan), discussing the historic visit to UAE by Israel's Foreign Minister, the opening of Israel's Embassy in Abu Dhabi and why the future between Israel - UAE relations is so exciting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 21, 2021

UK confirms Durban conference boycott over ‘historic concerns’ on antisemitism

Jewish News revealed earlier this month how Boris Johnson’s government would join the US, Australia and Canada in refusing to attend the 20th anniversary of the Durban conference.

Arsen Ostrovsky, Chair and CEO of The International Legal Forum (ILF), welcomed the news before he is scheduled to speak at Monday’s ZF event on the dangers of the conference.

He said Britain “should be applauded”, adding that the “Durban 2001 conference.. descended into an unhinged display of Jew hatred and virulent antisemitism, setting the foundation for the mainstreaming of the kind of violence against Jews we have witnessed on the streets of London”.

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June 8, 2021

Major Jewish leaders join new initiative that focuses blame for the deaths of children in Gaza on Hamas

“During Operation ‘Guardian of the Walls’, Israel was fighting on multiple battlefronts, with the online campaign being no less crucial. In this regard, we were essentially engaged in a ‘war of narratives, fighting against Palestinian propaganda and a vitriolic campaign of hate against the Jewish state, which was often aided and abetted by some elements of mainstream media, who sought to elevate Hamas and apply a dangerous moral equivalence with Israel’s inalienable right to self-defense,” said Arsen Ostrovsky, CEO of The International Legal Forum and a leading expert in digital diplomacy. 

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May 20, 2021

Prominent Israelis take on mantle of public diplomacy during Gaza hostilities

Unofficial pro-Israel advocates come together to improve the state's public image, battle the misinformation and hate speech that have flooded the media since the beginning of Operation Guardian of the Walls. Our chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky is one of them.

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May 17, 2021

ILF Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky appeared on Al Jazeera English 'inside Story'. 

Both people of Israel and Gaza deserve a better future, but it is the Hamas, a jihadist terror organization, that is holding both hostage-hiding behind civilians in Gaza , while firing rockets at civilians in Israel'.

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May 12, 2021

ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky, being interviewed on WION TV (India) about the situation in Israel.

As Arsen noted, about 1.5 million Israelis (17% of the population) has been within firing range of Hamas & Palestinian Islamic Jihad rockets fired from Gaza. This is the equivalent of 230 million people in India. NO country should tolerate this!

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April 28,2021

‘Human Rights Watch’s long war against Israel.’

The International Legal Forum’s Russell Shalev writes in JNS.org how the Human Rights Watch report claiming Israel is engaged in ‘apartheid’ practices, is just “another shot fired in the battle to disenfranchise the Jewish people and criminalize the Jewish state.”

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April 21,2021

War of the words: The conflict between definitions of antisemitism

This article in the Jerusalem Post deals with the 'Academics for IHRA' global initiative, its importance in standing up against the rise of antisemitism world wide. With quotes from our Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky. 

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February 10,2021

ICC’s historic declaration: We are a political entity.

The International Criminal Court at The Hague finally reached its decision on the Palestinian jurisdiction issue on Friday, making it public after months and months of waiting and long after its pre-determined due date. ILF Chair and CEO Yifa Segal offers insight into this critical issue and proposes how, despite the fact that the court is clearly bias, this  could offer a unique opportunity.

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January 17,2021

BDS has Lost Its Glory

With 2021 underway, the International Legal Forum (ILF) has published a new report detailing the latest global trends in the realms of antisemitism and delegitimization of Israel.

ILF Founder and Director Yifa Segal spoke with Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) Editor-in-Chief Barney Breen-Portnoy this week to provide her insights on the current state of affairs in the ongoing fight against hatred of Jews.

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December 3,2020

In Blow to BDS Movement, Norway to Ignore UN 'Blacklist'

The Norwegian government has decided to ignore the United Nation's "blacklist" – of over 100 companies across the globe said to be complicit in violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israeli settlements – and allow a tourism company that appears on the list to provide services to government and other organizations inside Norway. Attorney Yifa Segal, director of the International Legal Forum, called Norway's decision "an important step in the war on the injustice known as the 'blacklist.'"

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January 22,2020

Once Again Showing the ICC's Lack of Credibility Due to its Bias Against Israel

The ICC is notorious for its anti-Israel bias. In this article Director Segal not only calls the ICC out on  that but also shows how the fact that it seems to only focus on Israel in fact harms any possible ‘credibility’ it may have.

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January 08, 2020

Major Victory Against Terror Proxy Samidoun 

Mastercard, Visa and American Express have all removed the option to give money to Samidoun, after the Forum presented extensive evidence of Samidoun's ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP). The move follows similar action taken earlier this year by Donorbox, Paypal and Plaid, helping to cut funding to the group.

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September 24, 2019

Fighting to allow peoples to maintain their ancient traditions in modern Europe.

The ILF along with a coalition of Islamic, Christian, and Jewish organizations appealed the European Court of Justice demanding that a Belgian ban on kosher slaughter be canceled. The results of this hearing will not only affect the law in Belgium but could also influence Kosher slaughter laws across the EU.  Members of the coalition include legal organizations, human rights organizations, and organizations representing Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Buddhists from around the world.

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Devember 16, 2018

ILF Calls for Release of Arab Resident Arrested by Palestinian Authority

The International Legal Forum started a campaign to get European Union countries and human rights groups to pressure the Palestinian Authority to release an east Jerusalem resident it arrested on the basis of selling land to Jews.

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December 25, 2016

The UN’s inherent paradox - is it time to start anew?

Following the political struggle being waged by the President of the Palestinian Football Association (FIFA) 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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August 18, 2022

Palestinian's Push for Statehood at the UN is a PR Stunt

ILF CEO Arsen Ostrovsky interviewed in JNS about the Palestinians renewed push for unilateral statehood at the United Nations

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July 27, 2022

UN Official Investigating Israel: ‘Jewish Lobby’ Controls Social Media

ILF is quoted in this Washington Free Beacon article on the latest obscene, inflammatory and highly antisemitic remarks by Miloon Kothari, a member of the UN 'Commission of Inquiry' against Israel.

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July 13, 2022

Antisemitic ‘Mapping Project’ exposes BDS’ real agenda

If any doubt was still lingering that BSD is anything but a hateful and violent campaign to single out and target Jews, the BDSBoston 'Mapping Project' out to lay that to rest once and for all. 

Read more on this from ILF CEO Arsen Ostrovky.

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June 10, 2022

Biden Admin Takes Major Step To Roll Back Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy Move

The Biden administration elevated diplomatic relations with the Palestinian government, in what diplomats warn is the first step to walking back the United States’ historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Arsen Ostrovsky, and Israeli human rights attorney who serves as chair and CEO of International Legal Forum, an advocacy group, said the creation of this office marks  "a transparent attempt by the Biden Administration to go round the back door, with a de-facto consulate in clear attempt to water down the Trump Administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital." It also signals that the Biden administration is challenging Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem.

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June 7, 2022

UN probe blames Israel for perpetuating conflict with Palestinians.

In a statement, the Israeli Forgien ministry called it a “biased and one-sided report tainted with hatred for the State of Israel.”

“Never before in the history of the UN’s unrelenting assault on Israel, has a report been so biased, one-sided and utterly contravene the UN’s own Rules and Guidelines,” said Arsen Ostrovsky, CEO of The International Legal Forum.

“This report effectively gives a green light to Palestinian terror, while denying Israel its inalienable right to self-defense,” he continued.

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May 18, 2022

Groups back International Legal Forum report blasting anti-Israel UN inquiry

A coalition of 25 pro-Israel organizations from around the world has signed on to an International Legal Forum (ILF) report castigating the U.N. Commission of Inquiry against Israel as “singularly unprecedented, unjust and completely lacking in impartiality or any legal basis.”

“This commission makes a complete mockery of international law and is tantamount to an all-out assault against the Jewish state,” says ILF chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky.

 

 

 


 

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March 23, 2022

UN Human Rights Council report accuses Israel of apartheid

Arsen Ostrovsky, chair and CEO of the International Legal Forum, which has played a leading role in combating the apartheid charges in the international legal arena, told JNS: ​​"It is unfathomable, that with all the major human-rights crises around us – from Russia's brutal assault on Ukraine and China's ethnic cleansing of Uyghurs – that some in the international community, such as the United Nations and NGO civil society, should choose to prioritize and single out Israel for opprobrium at this historical juncture in time."

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March 20, 2022

 ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky addresses UN Human Rights Council on Debate About Children in Armed Conflict

ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky addressed the March 2022, 49th Session of the UN Human Rights CounciL, during the Debate on Children in Armed Conflict, calling on UNICEF and the international community to take urgent action to stop Hamas & Palestinian Islamic Jihad use of 'child soldiers' in Gaza, an abhorrent and undeniable war crime and violation of international law. The ILF is grateful to our partners at NGO Monitor for allotting their time during the UNHRC debate, for us to speak during this session at the UN in Geneva.

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February 1, 2022

ILF's Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky debates Amnesty International over their 'apartheid' report.

Watch ILF Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky takedown Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther, in this debate on i24 News TV, over Amnesty's outrageous, baseless, and antisemitic report accusing Israel of 'apartheid' . The ILF will remain relentless and unwavering in standing up for Israel and taking on the haters.

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January 8, 2022

Dutch Government to Stop Funding Palestinian NGO Designated by Israel As Terror Group

The Jewish Journal covers ILF’s response to the Dutch government’s decision to cut off funding to PFLP terror affiliate UAWC. The ILF played a leading role in establishing UAWC’s terrorist links to PFLP that led to this development, and we call on other governments, especially in EU, to follow the Netherlands lead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 1, 2021

ILF fights antisemitism with new legal platform

The Jerusalem Post coverage of ILF’s Legal Network Resource Center platform “to bring light in the fight against antisemitism & delegitimization of Israel, and help cultivate & strengthen pro-legal networks around the world.

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October 12, 2021

Ben and Jerry's founders show the sheer hypocrisy, bigotry, and double standards of their Israel boycott

"This game, with its unhinged glorification of violence and incitement to terror, may place Valve in direct violation of United States anti-terror laws and subject to potential civil litigation," the International Legal Forum, a nonprofit advocacy group that combats anti-Semitism and represents more than 3,500 lawyers and civil society activists across the globe, wrote to Valve.

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September 19, 2021

ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky interview on i24 TV, discussing the upcoming 'Durban IV' conference at the United Nations and ILF's #SayNoToDurbanIV campaign.

ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky quoted in the Jewish Journal on Ben & Jerry’s founder's interview, exposing their hypocrisy and double standards over the company’s Israel boycott.

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August 27, 2021

3,000-plus pro-Israel lawyers call on European countries to skip Durban conference

A global network of more than 3,000 pro-Israel lawyers and activists is asking European countries to withdraw their participation from an upcoming event marking the 20th anniversary of the Durban Conference.

The International Legal Forum (ILF), whose network penned this letter, explained that the conference “revived the ‘Zionism is Racism’ slur, outrageously claimed Israel is an ‘apartheid state,’ distorted the Holocaust, and made numerous Nazi analogies. It also became the birthplace and catalyst of the modern boycott, divestment, and sanctions [BDS] movement, which seeks the destruction of the State of Israel as its ultimate goal.”

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August 17, 2021

Hamas Celebrates Taliban Retaking Afghanistan

ILF's Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky was quoted in the Jewish Journal on Hamas celebrating Taliban retaking Afghanistan.


Ostrovsky: "Hamas & Taliban both come from the same radical, jihadist Islamic roots, with a hatred for Jews and a pervasive indifference to human life, freedom and democracy."

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July 22, 2021

 Ben & Jerrys Boycott on ILTV

ILF Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky was interviewed on ILTV , discussing the legal ramifications of the Ben & Jerry's boycott, including under the anti-BDS laws in the United States, as well as the need to support the local Ben & Jerry's Israeli licensee, who has been bravely standing up to this antisemitic and discriminatory boycott campaign.

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July 11, 2021

ILF campaign calling on UNICEF to hold Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad accountable for using child soldiers.

Follow the links below for articles about our on going campaign calling for UNICEF to hold Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad responsible for their use of child soldiers.

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June 29, 2021

Recognizing antizionist antisemitism

An article in Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, published by ILF’s Russell Shalev, based on our most recent groundbreaking report - ‘Recognizing Anti-Zionist Antisemitism’.

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June 21, 2021

UK to boycott ‘festival of Jew-hate’ Durban IV

The government said it made the decision ‘following historic concerns regarding antisemitism’. Arsen Ostrovsky, Chair and CEO of The International Legal Forum (ILF), said: "The British government should be applauded for withdrawing from the Durban IV event, to be held in September at the United Nations. The Durban 2001 conference was intended to bring the international community together to fight racism and xenophobia, but instead descended into an unhinged display of Jew hatred and virulent antisemitism, setting the foundation for the mainstreaming of the kind of violent assaults against Jews we have witnessed on the streets of London and around the world in recent weeks. All nations which truly care about fighting racism and promoting tolerance, should not give credence to this anti-Jewish anti-Israel hatefest at the UN.”

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June 8, 2021

Insider - Sheikh Jarrah – cutting through the rhetoric

Coming into international focus in the weeks ahead of the 11-day Israel Hamas war last may,  you’ve likely heard of Sheikh Jarrah in the context of the State of Israel allegedly pursuing an ethnic cleansing campaign in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem. Join our very own Adv. Russell Shalev alongside  Adv. Ben Dror Yemini and Dr. Martin Sherman as they analyze this issue and cut through the rhetoric.

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May 20, 2021

ILF Chair and CEO interviewed on Sky News Australia

In the wake of the ceasefire, join Arsen Ostrovsky on Sky News Australia as he analyzes the conflict and underscores that Hamas was not only the initiator of the conflict but are also the ones holding both the people of Gaza and Israel hostage.

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May 14, 2021

Sheikh Jarrah all you need to know- I24 Arabic

Join the International Legal Forums very own Russell Shalev as he is interviewed on I24 Arabic on everything that is going on in Sheikh Jarrah.

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May 11, 2021

ILF Chair and CEO, live in the studio while rockets fall

Watch the moment our Chair & CEO Arsen Ostrovsky was being interviewed live on i24NEWS English last night, as rockets started falling on Tel Aviv. He was asked what if felt like to be away from his family at that moment. Watch this raw, human, real time footage: