As terror continues to plague the world, it becomes clearer by the day that stopping these atrocities through intelligence, security forces and military action is not enough. Founded in 2003 during Israel’s Second Intifada, the Israel Law Center, Shurat HaDin, takes a unique – and successful – approach to combatting terror.
“Money is the oxygen that feeds terror,” explained Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Director of Shurat HaDin, to Breaking Israel News. “When we are able to block the flow of money to terrorists, terrorism is limited.”
During the Second Intifada alone, from 2000 and 2005, 1,137 Israelis were murdered and 8,341 people were wounded. Unfortunately, the number of terror victims continues to rise as regimes and organizations fund terrorism.
“Elected officials, governments, law enforcement, military and intelligence do what they can to stop terrorism,” continued Darshan-Leitner. “Shurat HaDin has an additional way to fight this evil. We represent victims in international courts using established laws. We strive to stop the financial support of terror and obstruct their infrastructure.”
The Tel Aviv-based, non-governmental law center represents terror victims and their families. Their lawyers hold degrees from some of the most prestigious law schools around the globe. Darshan-Leitner, herself, is recognized as the premiere leader for giving hope to terror victims that justice can prevail.
Shurat HaDin does all that it can for those killed and injured by Palestinian and Islamic terrorist organizations. To date, Shurat HaDin has won over $2 billion in judgements against terrorist organizations and state sponsored terrorism. Of that sum, about $200 million has been collected for terror victims and their families and $600 million in assets owned by terrorist regimes remain frozen.
“Money cannot replace a loved one or regrow severed limbs,” shared Darshan-Leitner with Breaking Israel News. “However, it is a level of compensation for the devastated lives that terror victims experience and a recognition of their suffering. Fighting terrorism and those who support terrorists empowers people and families facing one of the worst tragedies a person can go through.”
There are about 60 terrorist cases pending in court. It can take years for trials to be settled and, even when cases are won, Shurat HaDin must continue to fight to receive the full compensation awarded.
“We are presently raising funds to support our efforts to stop Israel’s enemies in their tracks,” continued Darshan-Leitner. “We are driven to secure justice not only for victims of terror but, we also fight academic and economic boycotts against Israel and challenge those who seek to delegitimize the Jewish State. The work is never ending.”
Many cases brought by Shurat HaDin are settled out of court as those accused of funding terrorism often recognize the power of the organization. “Our civil suits are recognized as a way to stop the flow of money to terrorists and achieve compensation for terror victims,” stated Darshan-Leitner. “We work with laws, especially in the United States and Canada, to sue regimes that sponsor terror, banks that transfer funds to terror groups, front charities established to assist extremist groups, and, when possible, fight the terrorists in court as well.”
Although Shurat HaDin is an Israeli legal organization, Darshan-Leitner is quick to point out that they represent terror victims of all nationalities including Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druze. “Once a terrorist acts, anyone can become a victim,” noted Darshan-Leitner. “That is why we fight to stop the financing of terrorist worldwide. It is a global problem.”
Presently, Shurat HaDin is taking on the ultimate global force, Facebook. On May 19, Shurat HaDin will enter a court in New York to place an injunction on Facebook. “We have over 20,000 Israelis petitioning Facebook to take down pages which call for the murder of Israelis. Facebook has the technology to find and remove incitement. We are praying that Shurat HaDin has the power and resources to succeed.”