Nitsana Leitner, Israeli attorney and human rights activist, spoke to a packed room at Chabad CBD in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday.
The educational and eye-opening event was held at Chabad of Melbourne CBD and chaired by its Shliach Rabbi Chaim Herzog.
Leitner, founder of Shurat HaDin Israel Law Centre, is renowned for the civil actions her law firm has brought against numerous banks and institutions who have aided and abetted Islamic terrorism.
Leitner told of some of the blood-curdling stories of recent terror attacks, and at the same time of the Lod Airport massacre in May 1972 when 26 people were killed, including 17 Christian pilgrims. North Korea was the sponsor of the mission.
With the innovative creative minds of Israeli lawyers, her team found a way to ensure those involved paid for their crimes. Shurat HaDin sued North Korea against the frozen bank accounts in the US from 1972. They enforced judgements against the bank accounts and hired a lobbyist to change the law in US, she explained.
There is one aspect which is new and has magnified terrorism targeted at Israel worldwide, Leitner explained, that being social media, especially Facebook, being the major source of terror recruitment.
When Israel Law Centre asked Facebook to remove anti-Semitic posts, they refused, despite the fact that they were calculated to incite anti-Semitism and violence.
It came as a surprise to Leitner to discover there was no protection for Freedom of Speech on social media, “allowing anyone to say, and incite to do anything they want, and there are no safeguards,” she said.
The second thing she found out was that was no relationship between users and the company, and no responsibility whatsoever. The minds at the Israel Law Centre set to work, creating two identical posts, one against Israel and the other against the Palestinians. They asked Facebook to take down the posts as they were offensive and incitement to hatred and more.
Facebook took down the Palestinian post and left the Israeli one, Leitner says.