Shurat HaDin is at the forefront of fighting terrorism and safeguarding Jewish rights worldwide. We are dedicated to protecting the State of Israel. By defending against lawfare suits, fighting academic and economic boycotts, and challenging those who seek to delegitimize the Jewish State, Shurat HaDin is utilizing court systems around the world to go on the legal offensive against Israel’s enemies.
Based in Tel Aviv, and directed by attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Shurat HaDin works with Western intelligence agencies, law enforcement branches and a network of volunteer lawyers across the globe to file legal actions on behalf of terror victims.
Training the next generation of activist attorneys and legal advocates to fight for the rights of the worldwide jewish community and Israel
Stopping the flow of money to terrorists through the use of civil suits and other legal means
Combating the global effort by israel’s enemies to delegitimize, boycott and wage “lawfare” against the jewish state
Leading the private sector’s war on terrorism
Leadership and our Staff
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.
Attorney, VP Projects and Campaigns
Alona is a Tel Aviv native. After completing her army service in the Intelligence Corps of the IDF, Alona obtained a B.A. in government, with an emphasis on counter-terrorism and homeland security, and an L.L.B. in law at the Interdisciplinary Center (“IDC”) in Herzliya. Before joining Shurat HaDin in 2013, Alona was a legal intern of the general counsel for the Ministry of Defense. After passing the Israeli bar exam, she worked in a law firm specializing in security and rules of engagement in the private sector. At Shurat HaDin, Alona oversees the daily operations of the office as well as all event planning, projects, HR, public relations, and marketing.
Rachel May Weiser
Senior Attorney, VP Resource Development
Rachel May Weiser earned her BA summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 and law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1998. She was awarded Case Law School’s Distinguished Recent Graduate Award in 2007 and was named a “Rising Star” by Law and Politics Magazine multiple years. Rachel’s practice in the U.S. included both criminal and civil litigation, where Rachel acted as lead counsel in jury trials as diverse as defamation, breach of contract, drug trafficking, white-collar crime, racketeering, malpractice and injury. After moving to Israel in 2010, Rachel joined the legal team of Shurat HaDin – The Israel Law Center, where she is V.P. Resource Development & Educational Programming. Rachel is also a Senior Attorney, working on U.S. anti-terror cases. Recently, Rachel represented the family of Naftali Fraenkel in D.C. District Court and helped to win a 178 million dollar verdict for the family of Chaya Zissel Braun against Iran and Syria. In 2015, Rachel was part of the trial team that won a 655 million dollar jury verdict against the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Liberation Organization on behalf of 33 American victims of terror during the second Intifada in Israel. Rachel is married to Jeff Weiser and is the mother of 5. Her oldest son is in a Special Forces combat unit, and her second son is in a Special Forces intelligence unit, of the IDF.
ATTORNEY AND COORDINATOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Avi was born and raised in Jerusalem. He holds an LLB from Ono Academic College, a B.Ed from Herzog College and a B.Sc in neuroscience from Bar Ilan University. Prior to joining Shurat HaDin, Avi worked as an intern in the office of Israel’s Civil Deputy Attorney General, Sarit Dana. Avi joined Shurat HaDin in 2014 and holds several key responsibilities including administering legal matters with Israel’s High Court, organizing cases against the Palestinian Authority, collecting evidence regarding cases of liability and damages tried in the United States, and coordinating relations with Israeli government officials. Avi initiated and is academic director of Shurat HaDin’s annual New Law of War Conference. He also occasionally teaches international law and criminal procedure at Ono Academic College and is studying for his MA in Jewish Philosophy.
Or Hikry received his L.L.B. in law from The Academic Center for Law and Science, and continued on to receive his M.A. in Public Policy and International Relations from the Tel Aviv University. He is currently a candidate for receiving his teaching license. Or paved his legal career interning at the D. Brotfeld Law Offices, where he practiced civil and commercial law. He later served as the Deputy Director of the Israeli Leadership Institute (“ILI”) and worked as the Head of Informal Education for Youth at the Rosh Ha’ayin Municipality. Prior to University, Or completed his mandatory military service in both the Samson Unit and Brigade 91 during the Second Lebanon War, was honorably discharged from the IDF as a Chief Sergeant. Currently, Or works as the Project Manager for Shurat HaDin.
Devorah was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a BA in history and Spanish from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Devorah has more than 30 years of legal experience. Upon graduation from law school, she served as staff attorney and law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri. She subsequently joined the legal department of the United States Small Business Administration, where she served for 10 years as an attorney advisor and special assistant United States attorney. In 1996, Devorah was appointed an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, where she worked cases in commercial litigation, bankruptcy, employment discrimination, agency compliance and enforcement, Medicare and food stamp fraud, civil rights, and immigration. After moving to Israel, Devorah joined Shurat HaDin where she works on U.S. anti-terror cases. Devorah is a licensed attorney in the U.S. and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Israel.