Zachor Legal Institute, a legal think tank and advocacy organization, is taking the lead in the legal battle against antisemitism and the delegitimization of Israel, including “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS)
Our primary current focus is combating BDS/anti-Semitic activities in commercial, university and governmental sectors.
Our Zachor On Campus initiative is here to help combat antisemitism on university campuses. If you are experiencing harassment or discrimination on your campus and have questions or would like our help, please contact Lizzy at email@example.com.
ARE BDS ACTIONS LEGAL?
This is a question that many people don’t think to ask, yet it is exactly this issue that we focus on.
And, the simple answer is, in many cases, NO.
So why is antisemitism/BDS still so prevalent in the United States?
First, there is widespread misinformation about the legal status of the anti-Jewish/anti-Israel actions. And second, there hasn’t been enough organized effort to stop the spread of these activities using the law.
The key in this effort is our focus on producing legal scholarship that is then made available for use by the entire Zionist umbrella of organizations, enabling us together to reduce the negative impacts of anti-Israel lies and misrepresentations. Zachor scholarly research has been cited by a variety of US governmental and non-profit organizations when making legal rulings and recommendations, as well as by the Israeli Supreme Court. Zachor activism has been instrumental in pushing forward programs to stop antisemitism’s ugly hatred from causing injury.
Zachor combats the detrimental financial impact and discriminatory effects of BDS activity through two distinct strategies:
Defensive – Using well established legal principles backed by longstanding government policy to prevent the adoption and promulgation of antisemitism/BDS activity by governmental bodies, academic institutions, unions, business entities and individuals. To date, we have collaborated with many efforts at the federal and state level to successfully pass, defend, and enforce legislation that is fully constitutional and defensible in combating the scourge of antisemitism.
Offensive – Using existing federal and state laws, including anti-terrorism and anti-racketeering laws that have been used to successfully prosecute organized crime and terror movements, to impose financial and criminal penalties on the entities and individuals that are engaging in or funding/overseeing antisemitic/BDS activity in the United States.