Litigating for Israel

Ever since Moses received the Ten Commandments, the history of the Jewish people has been interwoven with law.  An additional 613 commandments in the Torah were explicated in the Talmud, collected in the 16th-century Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch) and interpreted and enforced over the centuries by rabbinical courts. Since 1948 the State of Israel has had its own legal system, populated by the usual array of lawyers and judges.  But until recently it lacked what has long been conspicuous in the American legal world: private defense organizations (such as the American Civil Liberties Union) litigating vital constitutional issues. Just such an organization was founded in 2003 by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, an Israeli lawyer with a mission.  Her American model was the Southern Poverty Law Center, which had successfully filed legal challenges to thwart the Ku Klux Klan and others it deemed racist.  She was determined "to go after terrorists in the same way" in which...(Read Full Article)