Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

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Nitsana Darshan-Leitner is a hardline Israeli lawyer who has on occasion launched lawsuits against organizations that purportedly assisted "terrorism". Together with David Schoen, she recently gained some notoriety for suing former President Jimmy Carter for having labelled Israel as an "apartheid state". Darshan-Leitner is the director of Shurat HaDin—Israel Law Center, an organization engaging in lawfare. Darshan-Leitner acts as the attorney for Jonathan Pollard, the convicted spy, in Israel.

John V. Walsh comments on Darshan-Leitner:

One of the lead lawyers from the Apartheid state is Nitsana Darshan-Leitner who rose to prominence just out of law school in the 1990s when she helped litigate a case on behalf of victims of the Achille Lauro hijacking of 1985 in which, tragically, one Jewish American was killed by terrorists who took over the ship. But she is silent these days on the killing of one Turkish American and six Turks aboard the Mavi Marmara, which attempted to break the blockade of Gaza.[1]


  1. John V. Walsh, Carter Harassed with $5 Million Suit by Israeli Lawyers, CounterPunch, 15 February 2011.