We invoke laws and regulations to support Israel and oppose its enemies in a wide variety of fields and ways. We also organise and participate in seminars, lectures and briefings on legal issues concerning Israel and the use and misuse of legal and regulatory processes. And we circulate a regular bulletin to our members and supporters, briefing them on our efforts (when releasing information will not compromise the project) and drawing attention to articles, reports, developments and forthcoming events which may be of interest.
Some examples of our work are set out below. Testimonials from some of those whom we have helped and readers of our bulletins are set out here.
We deployed legal means to prevent a flotilla sailing illegally to Gaza
Funds for terrorists
We have invoked anti-terrorism legislation to obstruct the raising and transfer of money which might be used to fund terrorism
We have disrupted efforts to boycott Israelis, Israeli organisations and companies that do business with Israelis; we have exposed misleading claims of success by those advocating boycotts; and we have helped businesses which have been targeted by boycott activity
Defending supporters of Israel
We have assisted supporters of Israel to rebut false allegations of harassment by anti-Israel activists, thereby ensuring that they can continue challenging and exposing our enemies’ bigotry and incitement.
We have also assisted individuals threatened with libel proceedings when they criticised enemies of Israel.
Disruption of cultural events
We have pressed the police to prosecute those who disrupt performances by Israeli artistes and have assisted in formulating strategies to minimise such disruption
We assisted a Palestinian student whose life was in danger because she spoke up for Israel to obtain asylum in Britain
Complaints by our members to the Advertising Standards Authority about misleading advertising by the Palestinian Authority have been upheld.
We assisted a student, whose dissertation was marked adversely because she is Israeli, to obtain an apology and compensation from the university.
We have challenged inaccuracy and bias in media coverage of Israel by formal complaints to regulatory bodies, forcing corrections in several cases. We have also written to newspapers to correct inaccurate statements on legal issues relating to Israel.
A Judge whose anti-Israel bias affected his conduct of a trial, was formally reprimanded by the Lord Chancellor following our submissions to the Office for Judicial Complaints.
Seminars, lectures and briefings
In July 2014, UKLFI co-hosted a lecture by Dr Dorit Beinisch, former President of Israel’s Supreme Court, on “The Israeli Legal System and the Role of the Supreme Court”. The text of the speech can be downloaded here -> The Israeli Legal System and the Role of the Supreme Court July 2014.
In July 2013, UKLFI hosted a talk by Lt Col (Res) David Benjamin, formerly Chief Legal Advisor for the Gaza Strip in the Military Advocate General’s Corps of the IDF, and now Director of SILS. A video of the talk is available here.
In May 2013, Dr Yael Ronen of Sha’arei Mishpat College gave a seminar to members of UKLFI on key international law issues relating to Israel.
In January 2013 members of UKLFI were briefed by Col. Eli Bar-On (Deputy Military Advocate-General of the IDF) and Arthur Lenk (Director of the Department of International Law at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
We organised a two-day seminar jointly with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israel Embassy in London in June 2012 under the title Legal Challenges and Opportunities in Israeli Policy and Advocacy
In September 2011, we held a roundtable discussion chaired by Dr Guglielmo Verdirame on the implications of the Palestinian bid for recognition as a state.
Members of UKLFI also give talks on legal and regulatory issues relating to Israel and media coverage of Israel.
Further information for members
Further information, including forthcoming events, is available to members in the Members section of our website.
If you share our aims and would like to help out in our projects or participate in our seminars, etc., please email firstname.lastname@example.org