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Lea Tsemel vs. Legal Rights

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The decision not to renew Lea Tsemel’s term as chairwoman of the military courts committee of the Israel Bar Association’s Jerusalem chapter was a capitulation to political persecution. It was made at the request of three right-wing organizations: B’Tsalmo, Israel Sheli and the Choosing Life Forum, an organization of families that have lost family members to Palestinian terror that is supported by the extreme-right Im Tirtzu organization.

Tsemel’s term was not renewed because she frequently represents Palestinian terror suspects. A biographical documentary released last year, “Advocate,” brought Tsemel wider international recognition. It came in for criticism from the right, including by Culture Minister Miri Regev, who demanded that it be pulled from theaters on the grounds that it “glorifies terrorists.”

The decision to freeze Tsemel’s........

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