Calev Myers

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Calev Michael Myers
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Calev Michael Myers, Israeli human rights lawyer and activist
Born United States
Nationality Israel
Alma mater Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Occupation Lawyer
Years active 2002-present
Organization Jerusalem Institute of Justice

Calev Michael Myers is the founder of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ), a human rights group in Israel.[1] He finished a degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and joined the Israel Bar Association as a licensed lawyer after having immigrated to Israel from the United States in 1992.[2] He founded JIJ in 2004 as non-profit organization that takes on cases of religious persecution, and advances freedom of conscience and civil justice in Israel.[3]

Myers also owns and manages the Jerusalem City Center branch as a partner at Yehuda Raveh & Co. law offices[4] The law firm was established in 1940 by Gideon Hausner who served as Attorney-General of Israel and member of Knesset in 1965, 1969, 1974 and 1977.[5] Myers has been published in the International Law Review[6] and currently works in the fields of corporate and intellectual property law, charity law, and civil rights law.

In 2011, Myers founded a caucus with Likud Member of Knesset Danny Danon to combat anti-Semitism internationally.[7] Myers described the caucus's goals as being "to empower Israel's friends around the world to fight anti-Semitism everywhere it exists".[8]

Myers addressed the European Parliament in 2012 challenging Europe's funding the Palestinian Authority while overlooking human rights violations and was the key-note speaker at the opening event of Palestinian Human Rights Week in Toronto, Canada in April 2013.[9] At the event, Myers stated, "We try to look at the issues from a human rights perspective. When you put on your human rights lenses you see what’s really happening and who the true abusers of human rights of the Palestinians are. It’s not primarily soldiers at checkpoints, the Israeli government [or Jewish] settlers in the disputed territories: it’s the Palestinian Authority itself and the nations surrounding Israel.”[10]

Myers has been published in the Justice Magazine of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists,[11] and serves as a Member of its Board of Governors, as well as one of their Representatives before the UN in Geneva and New York.[12] He frequently contributes op-eds to the Times of Israel website,[13] the Walla News website,[14] and appears on Israeli television programs in English[15] and Hebrew,[16] as a current events analyst from a human rights perspective. He is also a contributor to CNN and I24 News.

Myers published a book in September 2016, titled "Crucial Alliance - African Americans, Jews and the Middle East Conundrum"[17] which depicts the commonalities of the struggle of the African American and Jewish communities against racism, bigotry and terrorism, how they have helped each other overcome these challenges and why the alliance between the community is more crucial today than ever.

On March 6, 2017, Myers submitted a lawsuit at the International Criminal Court in the Hague against Ismail Haniyeh, former Head of Hamas in Gaza, for war crime against Palestinians during the armed conflict with Israel in 2014.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan Jones (October 10, 2010). "Israeli Messianics lead charge for Gilad Shalit". Israel HaYom. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Interviewees". Exodus Cry. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ Nicole Schiavi (April 30, 2008). "Faces of Zion". Charisma. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Yehuda Raveh Law www.yrlegal.co.il
  5. ^ https://www.knesset.gov.il/mk/eng/mk_eng.asp?mk_individual_id_t=373
  6. ^ "Public-private projects: the new frontier: Israel is pioneering public-private project financing in the Middle East. Yehuda Raveh and Calev Myers of Yehuda Raveh & Co assess the Cross-Israel Highway Project, one of the country's first projects of this kind.(Co-published section: Israel) - HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". business.highbeam.com. 
  7. ^ Lahav Harkov (November 30, 2011). "Knesset caucus formed to combat anti-Semitism". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ Chris Mitchell (December 16, 2011). "Israeli Caucus Bands to Fight Global Anti-Semitism". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Why Palestinian Human Rights Week is an important event". Israel HaYom. February 28, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ Joanne Hill (May 7, 2013). "BDS should stand for Building, Developing, Supporting human rigts, group founder says". The Jewish Tribune. 
  11. ^ http://www.intjewishlawyers.org/main/files/Justice_49.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.intjewishlawyers.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=55
  13. ^ http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/calev-meyers/
  14. ^ "דעות - כלב מאיירס - וואלה! חדשות". 
  15. ^ Jerusalem Institute of Justice מכון ירושלים לצדק (2 September 2013). "Calev Myers, i24 News, Arab Human Rights" – via YouTube. 
  16. ^ Jerusalem Institute of Justice מכון ירושלים לצדק (29 July 2013). "כלב מאיירס ויריב אופנהיימר- חרם האיחוד האירופי" – via YouTube. 
  17. ^ "Crucial Alliance". crucialalliance.com. 
  18. ^ "Israeli lawyer files ICC 'war crimes' complaint against Hamas leader".