For decades, Israel has been a target of terrorist attacks, with hundreds of innocent civilians losing their lives in bombings, shootings, and other acts of violence. Despite the Israeli government’s efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice, many of the masterminds behind these attacks have remained at large. Frustrated with the lack of progress, a group of terror victims and their families decided to take matters into their own hands and seek justice in international courts. This is the story of their fight for justice, and the NGO that helps them in their pursuit.
The NGO in question is Shurat HaDin, a legal organization founded in 2003 by attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. Shurat HaDin specializes in representing terror victims in legal actions against those who finance and support terrorism. Using creative legal strategies and a global network of lawyers, Shurat HaDin has won numerous cases against banks, governments, and other entities that have aided terrorist organizations. The organization also provides legal aid to Israeli soldiers and civilians who have been subject to lawsuits and legal harassment in foreign jurisdictions.
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the founder of Shurat HaDin, is a prominent human rights lawyer and activist. In addition to her work with Shurat HaDin, she has authored “Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters.” The book offers an inside look at the covert operations used to disrupt terrorist financing networks, and the legal and moral dilemmas involved in such operations. Through her work with Shurat HaDin and her writing, Darshan-Leitner has become a leading voice in the fight against terrorism, advocating for a comprehensive and proactive approach that targets the financial and logistical infrastructure of terrorist groups. We’re thrilled to have Nitsana on our show today.