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Forum Dvorah Experts

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

International Law, BDS, Terror, Funding Terrorism

אורנה מזרחי

Israeli activist Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has been leading the legal fight against Israel’s enemies in the courts  worldwide. 

She and her colleagues pioneered the strategy of combating terror financing, the anti-Israel boycott campaigns (BDS) and the multitude of lawfare threats against the Jewish State by its enemies using civil lawsuits. 

As the president of the Tel-Aviv based civil rights organization, "Shurat HaDin–Israel Law Center", she has represented hundreds of terror victims in  legal actions against terrorist organizations and their supporters  and has won hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation on  their behalf. 

Under the motto: “Bankrupting Terrorism – One  Lawsuit at a Time!”, she and her associates are handling civil  actions against Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PLO, The Palestinian  Authority, Hezbollah, Iran, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, UBS, and  the Lebanese Canadian Bank. The cases, being litigated in  Israeli, American, Canadian and European jurisdictions, allow  the victims of terrorism to fight back.

In recent years, Ms. Darshan-Leitner initiated a legal campaign to deprive terrorists of social media resources such as Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, which they use to incite  violence on-line against Jews and promote terror attacks. 

In her efforts to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli extremism, Ms. Darshan-Leitner assisted in blocking the Gaza Flotilla, brought war crimes complaints against Hamas and PLO leaders in the  International Criminal Court, prosecuted multiple lawsuits  against the BDS movement. She recently won a major victory  against Airbnb for delisting Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria  from its website.

Ms. Darshan-Leitner is the nationally bestselling co-author of the  book HARPOON (Hachette Publishers). The narrative recounts  Shurat HaDin’s work with the Israeli Mossad to wage financial  warfare against Israel’s terrorist enemies. 

In 2016 and 2018, Ms.  Darshan-Leitner was chosen as one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, and named by the  Israeli financial magazine, The Marker, as one of the 50 most  influential Israeli women. 

A mother of six, including triplets, Ms.  Darshan-Leitner is a graduate of the Bar-Ilan University Law  Faculty and holds an MBA from Manchester University.

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