US lawyers group said to settle lawsuit for refusing Israeli organization’s ad
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US lawyers group said to settle lawsuit for refusing Israeli organization’s ad

National Lawyers Guild sued after it wouldn’t publish advertisement from West Bank organization in annual dinner journal due to resolution barring funds from Israeli groups

Illustrative image of demonstrators outside the offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo protesting his executive order calling for New York companies to divest from organizations that support the BDS movement, June 9, 2016. (Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images via JTA)
Illustrative image of demonstrators outside the offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo protesting his executive order calling for New York companies to divest from organizations that support the BDS movement, June 9, 2016. (Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images via JTA)

JTA — The National Lawyers Guild has settled a lawsuit with an Israeli organization for refusing its ad in the annual dinner journal.

The guild, a public interest association of legal professionals, based its refusal on an official “resolution barring us from accepting funds from Israeli organizations,” according to The Lawfare Project, citing an email from the guild to the Bibliotechnical Athenaeum, which is based in the West Bank.

Through the New York-based Lawfare Project, the organization sued the guild under that state’s Human Rights Law, which has an anti-boycott clause. At least 28 US states have passed legislation against attempts to boycott Israel.

The settlement, which was approved by the New York State Supreme Court, requires the guild to publish a new advertisement from the Israeli company, as well as to refrain from discrimination in the future.

According to its website, The Lawfare Project defends “the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and pro-Israel community.”

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