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Israelis Barred From Saudi Chess Tournament Demand Action From World Chess Body

Israelis were denied visas for Riyadh tournament last year and are being supported by The Lawfare Project. Letter to international chess body seeks assurances against anti-Israeli discrimination in chess

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The Lawfare Project

Two Israeli nationals are requesting that the international chess governing body—the Fédération lnternationale des Échecs (FIDE)—guarantee non-discrimination after they were prevented from taking part in a chess tournament in Saudi Arabia last year because of their nationality. Israeli chess grandmaster Ilya Smirin and former spokesperson for the Israeli Chess Federation Lior Aizenberg have written to FIDE requesting financial compensation and seeking assurances that it will not allow host countries to perpetrate such discrimination against Israelis again. Smirin and Aizenberg are being supported in their action by The Lawfare Project, a U.S.-based think tank and litigation fund that fights anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli discrimination around the world.

Saudi Arabia denied visas to seven Israeli chess players in December 2017, preventing them from competing in the World Blitz & Rapid Championships in Riyadh. Lawyers wrote to FIDE on behalf of the Israeli players on October 1. The letter made clear that their “inability to participate in this Tournament was due to FIDE’s failure to secure entry visas to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Israeli nationals and, correspondingly, its failure to guarantee their equal treatment and to protect them against discrimination on the basis of their nationality.”

The letter cited official FIDE policies that it “rejects discriminatory treatment for national, political, racial, social or religious reasons or on account of gender” and stipulate that FIDE-sanctioned events may, according to Article 1.2 of the FIDE Statutes, “be hosted only by Federations where free access is generally assured to representatives of all Federations.”

The letter further requested that FIDE take several concrete actions to prevent exclusion of Israelis from Saudi-hosted tournaments in 2018 and 2019, as well as from the 2019 World Schools Chess Championship in Tunisia, and pays to Mr. Aizenberg and Mr. Smirin a fair compensation for their non-participation in the December 2017 tournament.

“We will not stand idly by as Israelis are subjected to a gross double standard and are illegally discriminated against solely because of their nationality,” said Brooke Goldstein, Executive Director of The Lawfare Project. “Together with our partners in the legal community, we are making clear to international bodies such as FIDE that it is their duty to prevent such discrimination. We have every confidence that FIDE will do the right thing and ensure that chess is for all.”
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.

Reuthers Harley-Davidson And BMW Motorcycle Rental: Motorcycle Tours And Rentals In The USA

The world’s leading Premium Motorcycle Tour operator Reuthers Motorcycle Tours are continuing their service expansion for the demanding clients and will launch their own Harley-Davidson and BMW motorcycle fleet in the USA in 2019. The next step will be motorcycles of the brands Indian and Royal Enfield and the worldwide networking with all Reuthers dream destinations.

Rental motorcycles in US metropolitan areas

“After Harley-Davidson withdrew the established Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals program from its USA dealers and exclusively handed it over to one supplier, a dominant monopoly arose in the USA, which is causing widespread dissatisfaction. As a logical consequence we have decided to start in 2019 with our own motorcycle fleet in the USA to be able to offer our valued clients fair prices and the proven Reuthers service”, says Hermann Reuther, founder and president of REUTHER-ENTERTAINMENTS and a passionate motorcyclist himself.

The rental motorcycles will be available from 2019 on for all Reuthers Motorcycle Tours and Motorcycle Rental wishes in the metropolitans of New York, Chicago, Miami, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco and will also allow uncomplicated one-way rentals.

All inclusive prices

“We offer a transparent and fair price structure with all the necessary services already included in the rental price – all inclusive!”, Hermann Reuther states.

One of the most important components is certainly the included insurance benefits. In addition to the third-party liability and comprehensive insurance for the rental vehicle, the additionally included Reuthers POMZEC (Peace of Mind Zero Excess Coverage) program covers the reimbursement of the comprehensive insurance deductible if you have an accident while driving the rental vehicle. Zero excess also applies in the event of theft of the rented vehicle by criminal acts of third parties.

Motorcycle tours and motorcycle rentals in the USA – starting in 2019 at Reuthers all from one source.

Our Hearts Are Filled With Sadness

The Lawfare Project

The Lawfare Project

We are devastated and horrified by the news of the brutal terror attack in Pittsburgh against our brothers and sisters. Innocents who were murdered for one reason only: because of their faith.

Our hearts are with the families who lost their loved ones, and we send our deepest sympathies and condolences during this difficult time. We are grateful to the first responders and members of the Pittsburgh Police Department who put their own lives on the line to protect our community.

We saw yesterday the most chilling of many recent reminders that the world has not rid itself of the oldest hatred, anti-Semitism. Instead, it is more dangerous today than it has been in decades. The civil and human rights of Jews are being attacked throughout Europe and North America. In the United States, anti-Semitic incidents increased by 60 percent from 2016 to 2017. The demonization of Israel—the Jewish state whose existence is the only assurance that a Holocaust will never happen again—is rampant in the media and on college campuses. And today, Iranian-sponsored bombs fly from Gaza, shot by the designated terrorist group Hamas and aimed at killing more innocent civilians.

We pray this brutal crime in Pittsburgh leads to a renewed global commitment to fight the scourge of anti-Semitism in all its forms.

Indeed, the entire world is mourning this tragedy. We mourn with them, with our country, and with the wonderful Jewish community of Pittsburgh, which lost eleven members yesterday:

Joyce Fienberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69
May their memories be a blessing.
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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.

Lawfare Project Warns University Of Michigan About Potential Legal Liability In Wake Of Anti-Semitic Incidents

U-M urged to take incidents "very seriously" after two students denied recommendation letters to study in Israel and another student required to hear lecture equating Netanyahu to Hitler

The Lawfare Project

The Lawfare Project

The Lawfare Project, a U.S.-based think tank and litigation fund that fights anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli discrimination, has warned the University of Michigan (U-M) that it may be subject to liability under federal anti-discrimination law as well as other provisions of federal and state law following its unsatisfactory response to several major incidents of anti-Semitism on its campus.

On Sunday, October 14, The Lawfare Project—which is currently litigating two lawsuits against San Francisco State University for alleged anti-Semitism and discrimination against Jewish students at the school, and another two against the City University of New York for anti-Semitic employment discrimination—delivered a memorandum to U-M administrators, including President Mark Schlissel, following reports that American Culture Professor John Cheney-Lippold and Lucy Peterson, a graduate teaching assistant for a political theory course, both denied Jewish students letters of recommendation to study abroad on the grounds that their destination was Israel.

Another student revealed last week that, as a condition for receiving her degree from U-M’s Stamps School of Art & Design, she was required to participate in a lecture that included the presentation of a slide equating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Adolf Hitler. After U-M President Schlissel responded that this slide was one of “nearly 200 slides” in the presentation, the student revealed another image from the same lecture that depicted Jews as pigs, drinking from bottles of money, and holding a wand with a Star of David.

The newly revealed imagery, according to the student, “comes from the playbook of Hitler and Goebbels, and invokes history’s most classical—and most genocidal—anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.” The Lawfare Project agreed, declaring that “the Jew-hatred inherent in this presentation cannot be whitewashed by pointing to the number of other, ‘non-Jew-hating’ slides in the lecture.”

“Today, The Lawfare Project urged the University of Michigan to take appropriate steps to respond to recent disturbing incidents of blatant anti-Semitism on campus,” said Lawrence Hill, Chairman of The Lawfare Project’s Board of Directors. “We are monitoring the situation at U-M very carefully, watching to see what the University Administration says and does moving forward. There is no academic benefit from the use of images invoking the most hateful and conspiratorial anti-Semitic canards, and no free speech right to impose one’s own political agenda on students under one’s control and tutelage. U-M has a moral and legal responsibility to address discrimination on campus, and we hope it will take swift action to fulfill that obligation.”

The Lawfare Project’s memo to U-M outlined “immediate and concrete” steps that the school must take to cure the existing hostile environment, such as to “investigate any professors, instructors, and departments which may have formally or informally adopted a discriminatory boycott, and ensure that appropriate sanctions are imposed on anyone enforcing such a boycott.”

The memo added, “The university must also be unequivocal in condemning anti-Semitism anywhere on campus, including in the classrooms and lecture halls, if it is truly committed to providing an equal and safe academic environment for Jewish and Israeli students.”

The Lawfare Project urged U-M to “seriously consider” formally adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, which includes a number of clauses pertaining to the targeting of Israel, while arguing that “without understanding the phenomenon [of anti-Semitism] and both its classical and contemporary manifestations, [the University] will be unable to fulfill its obligations to its Jewish and Israeli students to provide the same benefits, privileges, and opportunities to them as to any other U-M student.”

The Lawfare Project added that its goal “is to provide necessary context and recommendations to rectify the current hostile environment so that…litigation exposure can hopefully be avoided.” The memo noted that U.S. law prohibits the refusal of services to an individual based on that person’s membership in a protected class, and the First Amendment does not act as a shield to protect such bigotry.

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.

French Government Suspends Discriminatory Product-Labeling Requirement Due To Lawfare Project Lawsuit

The Lawfare Project

The Lawfare Project

Earlier this month, French authorities announced the suspension of a discriminatory and politicized labeling requirement imposed on Israeli products, pending a decision by the European Court of Justice. The requirement mandated that products from the West Bank and Golan Heights be labeled with the designation “colonies israéliennes” (“Israeli colonies”, referring to the settlements). The suspension was prompted by a lawsuit commenced by The Lawfare Project in 2017 against the French Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance.

The Lawfare Project’s initial action was brought before the Conseil d’État (Council of State, France’s highest court) on behalf of Psâgot Winery LTD, an Israeli vineyard whose European distributors are subject to the labeling rules. Psâgot is being represented by revered law firm Cabinet Briard.

In May 2018, the Conseil d’État referred two questions—narrow but central to the landmark case—to the European Court of Justice for its opinion, expected to be issued in Fall 2019.

Brooke Goldstein, Executive Director of The Lawfare Project, said: “We are glad the French government will not be applying its discriminatory and unlawful policies, pending the outcome of the case. However, we should not have reached this point in the first place, where an Israeli company must rely on European courts to enforce basic economic rights. The entire issue could easily have been rendered moot had the French government announced that the policy—which clearly contradicts EU and French trade laws—would be suspended indefinitely.”

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.

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