Jewish Israel has confirmed with the offices of Yad l’Achim that they are seriously considering plans to take legal action against evangelical attorney Calev Myers who has published defamatory material against the organization. Attorney Yoram Sheftel has recommended that the counter-missionary organization Yad l’Achim sue Myers for slander.
Calev Myers, an attorney with the prestigious Yehuda Raveh & Co. Law Offices, and the Founder and Chief Counsel of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, has relentlessly pursued Yad l’Achim, counter-missionary activists, Orthodox politicians, and the Torah observant community at large in writings and speeches.
But last July he may have pushed the envelope too far with a JIJ e-newsletter article entitled “Conversions and the Religious Gestapo”
Jewish Israel blogged about the article which accuses Jewish religious rights activists of promoting “an agenda of religious-ethnic cleansing” and employing tactics “eerily similar to methods employed by the KGB and the Gestapo.”
Our Academic Advisor Richard Landes labeled Myer’s newsletter “an appalling piece of hate speech”
Jewish Israel contacted Yad l’Achim’s attorney Yoram Sheftel and was told that he had written a letter to Myers demanding that he publish an apology in a JIJ enewsletter and pay Yad l’Achim 1 million shekels in damages. Sheftel notes that although he has yet to receive a response from Myers, the offending material was very quickly removed from the Jerusalem Institute of Justice site, which is indicative of Myer’s acknowledging the problematic nature of the material and which strengthens Yad l’Achim’s case.
Yad L’Achim director, Rabbi Dov Lifshitz told Jewish Israel that a decision on whether or not to take legal action against Myers would be made next week.