Shurat HaDin, the Tel-Aviv-based Jewish-rights organization, has praised the decision of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for dismissing a lawsuit accusing billionaire casino magnate and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson, along with others, alleging they supported violations against Palestinians. In Bassem al-Tamimi vs. Sheldon Adelson, the plaintiffs alleged Adelson and 49 other defendants committed war crimes and engaged in a civil conspiracy, for which they requested $1 billion in damages.
The defendants filed a motion to have all the claims against them dismissed as frivolous, arguing that the case was a mere harassment suit brought by Palestinian activists seeking to discredit the Jewish State and intimidate those who donate to Israeli causes.
Shurat HaDin, which works to combat BDS, praised the decision of the District Court to dismiss this attempt to further propagate the BDS agenda. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, commented, “We wholeheartedly support the court’s decision to dismiss this frivolous lawsuit. Cases such as al-Tamimi vs. Adelson are brought solely to furnish a foundation of legal legitimacy for the BDS movement, and undermine the legitimacy of Israel. The plaintiffs sought to create a stigma and intimidate those who donate to Israeli charities and support the Jewish State. We are grateful that the court understood the objective and agenda of these radicals, as well as the fabrication in their claims. We hope that the judge will see clear to impose the large costs of these proceedings on the plaintiffs to deter future frivolous suits.”
In 2015, Shurat HaDin assisted in winning a $655 million jury verdict against the Palestinian Authority in a New York court on behalf of American terror victims. And in 2016, Shurat HaDin filed Force vs. Facebook, a $1 billion lawsuit against the social-media giant for the provision of Internet services to designated terrorists groups.