European Legal Support Center (ELSC)

Profile

Country/TerritoryNetherlands
Websitehttp://elsc.support/
Founded2019
In their own words“the first and only independent organisation providing professional legal support and assistance to associations, groups and individuals advocating for Palestinian rights in Europe. The ELSC intervenes to end arbitrary restrictions and criminalization of peaceful advocacy and humanitarian work”

Funding

Activities

Legal Activities

BDS

Staff

  • In 2018, Giovanni Fassina, ELSC coordinator, wrote an article for Al-Marsad on “Israeli Oil Exploration in the Occupied Syrian Golan.”
  • Ingrid Jaradat (PNGO) is a member of ELSC’s steering committee. Jaradat is the former director of BADIL and a major BDS activist. In a July 2013 article on “How to Make International Law Work for Palestinians,” Jaradat rejects “peace diplomacy based on the Oslo framework,” the “so-called land for peace formula,” and existing international law, claiming that they “cover[] up the ongoing Israeli colonization, confiscation and annexation of Palestinian land and oppression of the Palestinian people” and force Palestinians “to recognize the status quo Israel has created in the part of Palestine it conquered in 1948.”
  • Members of ELSC’s Advisory board include:
    • Valentina Azarova is the legal advisor to the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), an Irish pro-BDS organization. GLAN “led” the “drafting process” of the Irish “Control of Economic Activity (Occupied territories)” bill, which would make it illegal for Irish citizens and residents to import or sell “settlement goods” or to provide or attempt to provide “settlement services.”
    • Liesbeth Zegveld is an attorney and Rights Forum board member. In June 2017, attempted to file a civil lawsuit in a Dutch court against former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Israel Air Force Commander Amir Eshel, accusing them of war crimes.
    • Fanny Michaela Reisin is the former President of the international League for Human Rights (FIDH). FIDH engages in “lawfare,” supports BDS campaigns, and abuses its reputation as a human rights organization to condemn Israel in a variety of international forums.
    • Karma Nabulsi is a Former Adviser to the PLO.
    • Norman Paech is a Former Member of the German Parliament from the far-left Die Linke party.

Partners

  • ELSC partners with Dutch NGOs A Different Jewish Voice (EAJG) and The Public Interest Litigation Project (PILP), “a project by the Dutch section of the International Commission of Jurists (NJCM).”

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