Boohoo: BDS Zion-haters Have to Pay Their Own Legal Fees

BDS academics to foot legal costs

CHRISTIAN KERR AND RICK MORTON/THE AUSTRALIAN

David ShoebridgeGreens MP David Shoebridge speaks at the BDS rally at Sydney University yesterday. Stuart Rees and Jake Lynch have been threatened with legal action over involvement in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the Israeli state. Picture: Sam Mooy. Source: TheAustralian

THE academics at the centre of the Sydney University boycott, sanctions and divestment row will be left to cover their own legal costs as campus controversy over the anti-Israeli movement blazes.

Protesters gathered at the university yesterday to protest action lodged against Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies director Jake Lynch and council member Stuart Rees by the Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDinIsrael Law Centre.

Shurat HaDin alleges the support of Associate Professor Lynch and Emeritus Professor Rees for the BDS movement violates the Racial Discrimination Act.

The complaint is before the Australian Human Rights Commission, but Akiva Hamilton, the Australian lawyer with Shurat HaDin, says it is unlikely to be resolved in that jurisdiction.

“Based on Associate Professor Lynch’s response to the Australian Human Rights Commission, Shurat HaDin expects that the AHRC will be unable to conciliate the racial discrimination claim,” he said.

Sydney University will not indemnify professors Lynch and Rees if the matter proceeds.

“The university does not provide legal support for staff in relation to complaints or proceedings against them in respect of their activities in a personal capacity,”a spokeswoman said.

Professor Rees, who is also the director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, was asked at the rally about reports Jewish students felt offended and intimidated by the tenor of the BDS debate towards Israel.

Professor Rees said it was “absolute nonsense”. “You should see the hate mail I get as a result of taking a stand. They call me anti-Semitic,” he said.

He said the Greens were genuflecting to political survival instincts by pretending the party did not support the BDS campaign. “Well, they’re making political calculations because they know the mainstream media and they know that most of the people in Canberra are cowards, irrespective of party,” he said.

NSW Greens Legislative Council member David Shoebridge defied federal leader Christine Milne — who says party policy is not to support any BDS campaign — to attend the rally.

The Australian understands other NSW parliamentary Greens were angry at Mr Shoebridge. “With the attacks on the Centre for Peace Studies here we’ve seen attacks on two academics who have stood up, we’ve seen a response,” he told about 35 people.

“And it’s effectively a slap-suit; litigation raised against them to silence their voice of dissent and to stop them speaking truth to power.”

Alon Tal, a 22-year-old commerce/law student, was offended by the framing of the campaign.

“As a Jew, my Zionism is inextricably linked with my Jewish identity so the fact that these people are calling for a boycott on Israel which is, essentially, calling for the destruction of Israel, it’s really an affront to me,” he said.

Professor Rees claimed he had “silks” lining up to offer pro bono legal support.

“It is a Rupert Murdoch nonsense, actually worse than nonsense, portraying that this is a movement to do with the abolition of Israel or that it is racist or anti-Semitic,” he said.

“It only gets treated as some kind of extremist leftie plot in this country because the general public are effectively anaesthetised by the front page of the Daily Telegraph or by the editorial or frequently the front pages of The Australian. That’s not journalism, that’s the campaign.”

Lefties are free to watch the ABC, read The AGE or the Sydney Moonbat Herald. Who said their was no choice?

If the complaint is not resolved in the AHRC, Shurat HaDin will apply to the Federal Court.

“Shurat HaDin expects the AHRC to terminate the matter on the basis that the complaint involves an issue of public importance that should be considered by the Federal Court and that there is no reasonable prospect of the matter being settled by conciliation,” Mr Hamilton said.

If the AHRC terminates the complaint, Shurat HaDin will have 60 days to lodge Federal Court action.

The issue has spilt over into Israeli media, with Professor Lynch telling The Jerusalem Post the complaint was “nonsense”.

7 thoughts on “Boohoo: BDS Zion-haters Have to Pay Their Own Legal Fees”

  1. What is it with the Greens (the ‘child-loving party’ as they are referred to in Germany for advocating the decriminalisation of pedophilia), they really seem to be heavily into the arabs and muslims…I wonder why…

  2. PS: yes I forgot: of course they want Israel destroyed, and all the Jews dead. Are there really some doofuses left who cannot see through this very transparent fig leaf they call “Ziiiiiiiiiiiionism”?

    MOSES WAS THE FIRST ZIONIST !

  3. Goes back a long way. Remember the RAF? Bader-Meinhof? They already trained with the ‘Palestinians’, some of them trained in Iraq. One or two Germans were among the Entebbe hijackers…. Leftoids (greens) have a hardwired learning disability, they believe they can use the soldiers of allah as foot soldiers to destroy capitalism civil society, so they simply ignore the fury and the inhumanity of the Mohammedan fanatic, like the left did in Iran in 1979, when the Ayatollah Khomeini eliminated all the useful idiots who helped him to power.

  4. Lost this battle, but we will win the war !

    “Just hours later, Justice Robertson issued orders rejecting Mr Hamilton’s application for time to consider continuing the case, bringing it to an end for all parties.

    Since the case began, two pro-BDS groups have been established, one at Sydney University called “Sydney Staff for BDS”, and what purports to be a national movement “Australians for BDS”.

    Professor Lynch and his pro-BDS allies now plan to renew and intensify their campaign, after what he called his “comprehensive legal victory”.

    “It gives the green light for many more Australians to take their own action in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for rights and freedoms we are lucky enough to be able to take for granted,” Professor Lynch said.”
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/bds-case-finally-brought-to-a-close/story-e6frgcjx-1226991139799

  5. We lost the battle, but we will win the war !

    “Just hours later, Justice Robertson issued orders rejecting Mr Hamilton’s application for time to consider continuing the case, bringing it to an end for all parties.

    Since the case began, two pro-BDS groups have been established, one at Sydney University called “Sydney Staff for BDS”, and what purports to be a national movement “Australians for BDS”.

    Professor Lynch and his pro-BDS allies now plan to renew and intensify their campaign, after what he called his “comprehensive legal victory”.

    “It gives the green light for many more Australians to take their own action in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for rights and freedoms we are lucky enough to be able to take for granted,” Professor Lynch said.”
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/bds-case-finally-brought-to-a-close/story-e6frgcjx-1226991139799

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