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Defendants In Terror Financing Case Scheduled For Deposition In Spain

The Lawfare Project

The Lawfare Project

A defendant under investigation for raising funds for a designated Palestinian terror group disclosed to a Madrid newspaper this week details of criminal proceedings brought in 2017 by The Lawfare Project in Spain against Leila Khaled.

The defendant in question is accused of raising funds for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and handing those funds to Khaled.

By leaking details of the case to the press, the defendant has violated the confidentiality that binds both attorneys and parties in Spanish criminal proceedings. “While The Lawfare Project passionately supports free speech, we regard this disclosure as a breach of the duty of confidentiality,” said the Executive Director of The Lawfare Project, Brooke Goldstein.

The leaked information—now in the public domain—reveals that the leader of “Red Network”, a radical organization, raised thousands of dollars, most of which was delivered to Leila Khaled, a leading member of the political bureau of the PFLP, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the EU, United States, and others.

The National Court—a tribunal in Madrid with exclusive jurisdiction on terrorist crimes—has scheduled February 5, 2019 as the date for the deposition of three defendants on this matter, when they will be compelled to give sworn evidence to the court.

“Terrorism financing carries in Spain a prison term between five and ten years, with fines ranging from three to five times the amount of the funds raised. Prison terms are increased when the funds are delivered to the leader of a terrorist organization. Other than that, we are duty-bound to keep confidential the details of the investigation,” said Ignacio Wenley Palacios, The Lawfare Project’s Spanish counsel  who acts on behalf of the plaintiff.

Goldstein said: “When radical groups hand funds straight to Leila Khaled and the PFLP they are normalizing and endorsing terrorism against Jews and Israelis, and they are doing so illegally. I am confident that Spanish courts will use this opportunity to stop European groups—masquerading as ‘pro-Palestinian’—from funding terror, hatred, and bloodshed, and from being hijacked by those with a history of hijacking planes.”

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Ambassador Nathan A. Sales Travels To Denmark, Sweden, And Norway To Discuss Counterterrorism Cooperation

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, travels to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway the week of January 28 to discuss Iran-backed terrorism in Europe, prosecuting foreign terrorist fighters, and combatting terrorist travel.

Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. In recent years the regime has directed or backed terrorist plotting in France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Albania, and elsewhere. To address the threat of foreign terrorist fighters who traveled from Europe and other parts of the world to fight for ISIS, the United States is urging its partners to repatriate their citizens and prosecute them for the crimes they have committed. In December 2017, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2396, which obliges member states to use key tools to combat terrorist travel, including terrorist watchlists and airline reservation data.

Greece Ratifies Prespa Agreement

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The United States welcomes the decision by Greece’s Parliament to ratify the Prespa Agreement. The leaders of Greece demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in their pursuit of a solution to the name dispute, which will allow the future Republic of North Macedonia to take its rightful place in NATO and the EU. The United States applauds this historic opportunity to advance stability, security, and prosperity throughout the region.

Belgian Constitutional Court Hears Lawsuit Against Kosher Meat Ban

The Lawfare Project

The Lawfare Project

A hearing took place in the Constitutional Court of Belgium on Thursday in the case against legislation banning kosher and halal slaughter. The lawsuit was brought by the Belgian Federation of Jewish Organizations (CCOJB), the representative body of Belgian Jews, with support from The Lawfare Project, a legal think tank and litigation fund that files legal cases against anti-Jewish discrimination around the world.

The CCOJB and Lawfare Project’s lawsuit challenges legislation passed by Belgium’s two biggest regional parliaments, Flanders and Wallonia, that makes traditional kosher and halal slaughter methods illegal in Belgium. The ban came into effect in Flanders at the start of this year and will be imposed in Wallonia this summer. Half of Belgium’s Jewish population, and the majority of Belgium’s kosher meat preparation, now halted by the ban, is based in Flanders.

The CCOJB and Lawfare Project’s lawsuit argues that the ban on religious slaughter methods violates the religious freedoms guaranteed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The European Court of Human Rights has previously described kosher slaughter as “an essential aspect of practice of the Jewish religion.”

The Coordinating Council of Islamic Institutions in Belgium also filed a lawsuit against what is seen by many as an attack on religious freedom. During Thursday’s hearing, the court heard from a wide variety of plaintiffs. It will now decide whether to reach a decision itself or to refer the case to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Jewish communities in Europe are sensitive to attacks on their religious freedoms, including those involving kosher meat. On April 21, 1933, less than three months after Hitler came to power, the Nazis banned kosher slaughter as one of their first legislative assaults on German Jews.

Brooke Goldstein, the Executive Director of The Lawfare Project, which is supporting the lawsuit, said:

“Belgian Jews have not given up their fight against this assault on their religious freedom and nor have we. We remain hopeful that Belgium’s courts will recognize it for what it is—discrimination and hostility against minority faith communities—and act accordingly.”

Yohan Benizri, the President of the Belgian Federation of Jewish Organizations (CCOJB), said:

“We will carry on fighting for our religious freedom using every legal means at our disposal. Belgium is our home, but the message sent by banning kosher slaughter is that we are not welcome in our own country. That should be a concern not just for Jews or Muslims but for all who value living in democratic societies in which the rights and freedoms of minorities are safeguarded.”

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About the Lawfare Project: Headquartered in New York, The Lawfare Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a legal think tank and litigation fund committed to protecting the civil and human rights of Jewish communities around the world. To learn more, please visit https://www.thelawfareproject.org.

HMA Kate Smith Meets With Expats In Crete

British Ambassador Kate Smith CMG visited Crete to speak with UK nationals living on the island and to meet with local authorities and businesses

HMA Kate Smith CMG

HMA Kate Smith CMG

During her 2-day visit to the island of Crete, HMA Kate Smith CMG spoke to over 400 UK nationals about EU exit-related issues, emphasising that safeguarding the rights of UK nationals living in the EU has been a top priority throughout the negotiating process. Meetings were also held with local officials and businesses.

Beginning in Western Crete, the Ambassador met with the Mayor of Apokoronas, Charalampos Koukianakis, and Reverend Canon D. Bruce Bryant-Scott of the Anglican Church of St. Thomas, which is located in the region. The Ambassador then spoke to a large audience of UK nationals at the Town Hall of Apakoronas, providing official information and answering questions.

The next stop was the city of Rethymno, where the Ambassador spoke to another large group of UK nationals. Just outside of Rethymno, HMA Kate Smith CMG then visited the facilities of Creta Farms, one of the largest companies in the meat and deli meats sector in Greece, where she met with the Director of Industrial Production.

On the second day of her visit to Crete, the Ambassador visited the East side of the island where she met with the mayor of Agios Nikolaos, Antonis Zervos, and then spoke to another large group of British UK nationals who reside in that area.

Continuing on to Heraklion, HMA Kate Smith CMG was part of a very constructive round table discussion with the President of the Heraklion Chamber of Commerce, Manolis Alifierakis, the President of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Yiannis Retsos, and local businessmen who export products to the UK or are supported by British tourism. The focus was on the mutual interest of all to secure positive commercial relations, post-EU exit, between Greece and the UK.

The fourth and final outreach event took place in the town of Malia.

The meetings in Crete were organised as part of a wider series of such events being planned across the country, in an ongoing effort to reach as many UK nationals living in Greece as possible.

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