Objective of Zachor Legal Institute

Zachor Legal Institute, a legal think tank and advocacy organization, is taking the lead in creating a framework to wage a legal battle against anti-Israel movements in America.

Our primary current focus is combatting BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) anti-Semitic activities in the commercial sector.  Since there is a wide overlap between BDS and terrorist organizations in terms of objectives and methods, Zachor scholarship is also used in the anti-terrorism realm.

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 BDS activity by local governments, unions, business entities and individuals.  To date, we have collaborated with many efforts at the state level to successfully pass anti-BDS legislation that are fully constitutional and defensible. Read more 

  • 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 funding and overseeing BDS activity in the United States. Read more

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 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.

We are now concentrating more on the offensive measures, designed to proactively eliminate those activities of BDS which are in gross violation of existing US law.