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.
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.
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 is academic director of Shurat HaDin’s annual New Law of War Conference. He occasionally teaches international law and criminal procedure at Ono Academic College and is studying for his MA in Jewish Philosophy.
Or was born and raised in Israel. He received his L.L.B. in law from The Academic Center for Law and Science, and 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. Or is 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.