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Thursday, January 15, 2004

ISMer filing libel suit against Judy Balint?!

Dear friends,

I am being sued for libel by Radhika Sainath, an American participant in the International Solidarity Movement.

Ms. Sainath claims that an article I wrote for my website about her and her ISM activities "consists of blatantly false accusations," so she's suing for $20,000.

Ms. Sainath is represented by attorney Shamai Leibowitz, whose most infamous client is Al Aksa Brigade leader Marwan Barghouti, accused of murdering tens of Israelis and injuring hundreds in numerous terrorist attacks.

I have the privilege of being represented by Nitsana Darshan Leitner, director of the Shurat HaDin--Israel Law Center. Shurat HaDin has filed lawsuits in Israeli and American courts against Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the European Union on behalf of terror victims. Ms. Darshan-Leitner has filed petitions in Israel's High Court of Justice concerning terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti, Abu Abbas and Israel's targeted killings policy.

If you would like to help defray our legal expenses in fighting the libel action of the ISM
we would welcome your tax-deductible donations:

Please make your tax- deductible check payable in the US to:
PEF - Israel Endowment Fund
and mail to: Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center, Balint Defense Fund
c/o PEF - Israel Endowment Fund
317 Madison Avenue, Suite 607
New York, New York 10017
(Telephone: 212-591-0073)

To donate outside the United States or in Israel, please make your check payable to:
Shurat Hadin - Israel Law Center
and mail to:
Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center, Balint Defense Fund,
11 Havatikim St.
Petach Tikva, 49389
(Telephone: 972-8-973-3336)

Thank you,

Judy Lash Balint
Judy's new book, Jerusalem Diaries: In Tense Times is now available. Order Online.

See also her most recent article, Deja Vu at Tel Aviv Rally? about the rally in Tel Aviv this past Sunday:
Only one MK, the young, secular Gila Gamliel, a former student leader, brings home the point that this is not a "settler" rally. "We're all settlers--those in the center of the country, in Jerusalem, in Eilat," she states. "And who is my teacher and mentor in these matters?" Gamliel asks. "None other than our prime minister."

Banner: "Jordan Is the Palestinian State"