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June 19, 2012 10:42 am

Beating Israel’s Boycott Through Lawyer Education

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Israeli foreign ministry officials have been training lawyers and jurists from around the world to confront legal claims against Israel, Israel Hayom reported.

For years, pro-Palestinian individuals and organizations have tried to defeat Israel with lawsuits, boycotts and by adding a legal dimension to the political conflict. Now, a new initiative by the Israeli Foreign Ministry is working to train lawyers around the world how to handle delegitimization claims brought before their local courts.

The Foreign Ministry has arranged organized briefings for lawyers considered friendly to Israel, in which it presents examples and background information on delegitimization attempts by Palestinians, and provides tools and recommendations to counteract such attempts.

Until recently, these training sessions and conferences have been held under the radar. There have already been conferences with lawyers in New York and Sao Paulo, and this week two more conferences are expected to take place in London and Paris.

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