Calev Myers

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Calev Michael Myers
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Alma materHebrew University of Jerusalem
Years active2002-present
OrganizationInternational Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

Calev Michael Myers (Hebrew: כלב מאיירס‎) is an Israeli lawyer, author and civil rights activist.

Legal career[edit]

In 2004, Myers became a partner at Yehuda Raveh, a law firm,[1] established in 1940 by Gideon Hausner, Attorney-General of Israel and Member of the Knesset in 1965, 1969, 1974 and 1977.[2]

In 2009, Myers became a founding partner of the Jerusalem city center brand of Yehuda Raveh and Co, which primarily serves foreign clients, investing or donating in Israel and grants them services in the office specializes in various areas. He specializes in Corporate Law, Intellectual Property and Charity Law as well as non-profit law, immigration law, and civil rights.

Non-Profit Advocacy[edit]

Myers is the President and Executive Chairman of ARISE - Alliance to Reinforce Israel's Security and Economy and serves as the Chairman of the Anti-BDS Commission of the Israel Association of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce.[3]

Myers personally hosts an annual business matchmaking summit connecting international business networks and chambers with the economy in Israel in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, the Israel Export Institute, the Manufacturers Association of Israel and the Israel Federation of bi-national Chambers of Commerce.

In 2018, 550 business people from 46 nations[4] participated in this summit, creating millions of dollars worth of commerce. The ARISE summit features speakers and technology demonstrations from successful start-up companies in the area of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Cryptocurrency, and Innovation for Good. Minister of Internal Affairs Gilad Erdan thanked Calev for his work with ARISE. “Thank you, Calev, for all that you do to spread the truth of Israel around the world.” [5]

Myers leads ARISE in the research and development of the annual publication of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) report which is posted on the website of the Israel Export Institute. The CSR is a broad overview of CSR culture in Israel and emphasizes that Israel is a socially responsible investment market.

ARISE’s creed is to make jobs not war and it strongly encourages economic collaboration between Israelis and Palestinians as the best hope for peaceful coexistence.

ARISE published a number of videos as part of a project called Never Again in which Myers served as Executive Producer. This project shows how BDS is in essence Nazi-policy calling for the boycott of Jewish businesses.[6] Myers interviewed Palestinian managers working in Israeli companies in the West Bank who claimed that BDS is harmful to their families and their villages.[7] These videos received hundreds of thousands of views.

Myers is Deputy President of the International Jewish Lawyers (IJL),[8] an organization which strives to advance human rights everywhere, including the prevention of war crimes, the punishment of war criminals, the prohibition of weapons of mass destruction, and international cooperation based on the rule of law and the fair implementation of international covenants and conventions.

In 2009, Myers represented victims of Qassam rockets, who gave testimonies before the Davis Committee under Judge Mary Davis, and which was a follow-up to the Goldstein Committee. Following this, the Goldstein Committee published a scathing review of Hamas and their belligerence against civilians. The Davis Committee was sub-committee of the UN Human Council.[9]

The IJL holds its triennial international congress in Jerusalem, whose panels have been hosted by Myers. It holds international conferences in European cities to commemorate Jewish lawyers and jurists who perished in The Holocaust and to mark their contribution to the legal systems of their countries where Myers participated at their international summit in Vienna.

He has written for the Justice Magazine of the IJL[10] and serves as one of their Representatives before the UN in Geneva[11][12] and New York.

Prominent International Legal Advocacy[edit]

On June 26, 2018, Myers participated in the IJL initiative to submit to the Polish Constitutional Court an amicus brief detailing its objection to the January 2018, amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance, known as the “Polish Denial Memory Law”. The Polish Denial Memory Law, which caused a worldwide uproar, stated that anyone who contrary to the facts claims that the Polish nation is responsible for crimes committed by the Nazis during the II World War will be committing a crime.[13] One day after the IJL submitted its brief, President Mateusz Morawiecki announced that the Polish government would cancel this piece of legislation.[14] In his interview with i24news, Myers said, “We achieved exactly what we wanted to achieve, the problematic wording was taken out of the law and as far as we’re concerned its the end of the story.”[15]

In March 2017, Myers participated submitted a lawsuit at the International Criminal Court in the Hague against Ismail Haniyeh, Supreme Leader of Hamas in Gaza, for war crimes against Palestinians during the armed conflict with Israel in 2014[16][17][18]

In 2004, Myers founded the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ), a human rights group active in Israel and its adjacent territories[19] and has presented reports on their behalf before governmental bodies including the European Parliament,[20][21] the Finnish Parliament, the Swedish Parliament[22] the Swiss Parliament[23] and the French Parliament as well as universities such as Oxford University, Toronto University, York University, Helsinki University,[24] San Jose State University,[25] UC Berkeley,[26] UC Davis[27][28][29] and Tilburg University.[30][31]

Media and Editorial Work[edit]

Myers has been published in the International Law Review.[32]

In 2016, Myers published "Crucial Alliance - African Americans, Jews and the Middle East Conundrum."[33] 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 communities is more crucial today than ever.[34] This unique work includes contributions from African American and Jewish thought leaders who are significant Civil Rights Advocates. The individuals involved in the conversation and who laid the foundation for this work, include Timuel Black, Rabbi Capers Funnye, Christopher T. Hexter, Susannah Heschel, Dr. Fitzgerald Hill, Judge Kermit V. Lipez, Rabbi Robert J. Marx, Reverend William Dwight McKissic, Sr., Jane Ramsey, Rabbi Herman Schaalman, Chloé Simone Valdary, Dumisani Washington, Professor Melvyn Zarr, Rabbi Michael R. Zedek. Dr. Mel C. Glenn, Sr., said, “Crucial Alliance is Awesome. The book was well researched, written with great details of the civil right struggle and how the Jewish people supported African Americans during those challenging years. I love this book, and I highly recommend you put it on your reading list. Simply fantastic. I give Crucial Alliance a TEN-star rating. A MUST read!”.[35] Dr. Mel Glenn is a Professor of Respiratory Care. He was a teenage foot soldier from 1963-1967 and active in the Civil Rights Movement.

Myers is a regular blog writer for the Times of Israel where he writes on diplomacy, anti-Semitism, BDS and public policy.

In addition, Myers has contributed op-eds to the Times of Israel website,[36] the Walla News website[37] and has appeared on Israeli television programs in English[38] and Hebrew,[39] as a current events analyst from a human rights perspective. He has also been interviewed CNN[40] and i24 News.[41]

Myers speaks regularly to international groups and provides lectures on the Israeli Economy and fighting BDS. Some of the groups include the Philos Project, the Israel Collective Program of Christians United for Israel,[42] Passages Israel,[43] and, the Hague Initiative for International Co-operation.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Calev lives in the Judean Hills with his wife Sheli Rachel Myers.[45] Together they have 4 daughters and one adopted son of Ethiopian descent.


  1. ^ "Yehuda Raveh | Calev M. Myers". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  2. ^
  3. ^ " – Alliance to Reinforce Israel's Security & Economy". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "RECAP: HUGE Success!!! The 2018 ARISE Business Matchmaking Summit". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  5. ^ "Calev Michael Myers". Calev Michael Myers. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "Is BDS Nazi Policy? A Video by Calev Myers". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  7. ^ "Does BDS help the Palestinians? By Calev Myers". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  8. ^ Retrieved 2017-12-03
  9. ^ "February 22, 2018 - Plenary Talk by Calev Myers". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Calev Myers at the UN March 2016". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  12. ^ "Calev Myers - When a Terror Organization Becomes a State Actor (כלב מאיירס)". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  13. ^ "IAJLJ position against the "Polish Memory Law"". June 25, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  14. ^ Aderet, Ofer; Landau, Noa (June 27, 2018). "Poland Backtracks on Controversial Holocaust Law, Scrapping Threat of Prison". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via Haaretz.
  15. ^ "Calev Myers - i24News Interview Regarding Polish Holocaust History Law". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  16. ^ "Israeli lawyer files ICC 'war crimes' complaint against Hamas leader". Middle East Eye. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  17. ^ Ynetnews. 2017-03-07. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  18. ^ The Tower. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  19. ^ Jones, Ryan (November 13, 2012). “Israel Today.” retrieved February 19, 2013
  20. ^ The Jerusalem Post | Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  21. ^ European Coalition for Israel. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2017-12-03
  22. ^ "Calev Myers @ the University of Uppsala, Palestinian Human Rights (כלב מאיירס)". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  23. ^ Times of Israel. Retrieved 2017-12-03
  24. ^ "Calev Myers @ Helsinki University For Palestinian Human Rights Week (2013)". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  25. ^ "Calev Myers @ San Jose State University / Palestinain Human Rights Week". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  26. ^ "Calev Myers @ UC Berkley For Palestinain Human Rights Week". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  27. ^ "Calev Myers @ University of Davis Palestinian Human Rights Week" – via
  28. ^ Calev Michael Myers. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  29. ^ "Calev Myers @ the University of Uppsala, Palestinian Human Rights (כלב מאיירס)" – via
  30. ^
  31. ^ "(PDF) on 2017-12-06. accessdate November 18, 2019" (PDF).
  32. ^ Raveh, Yehuda; Myers, Calev. "Public-private projects: the new frontier: Israel is pioneering public-private project financing in the Middle East". International Financial Law Review, March 1, 2005.
  33. ^ Myers, Calev Michael (August 4, 2016). Crucial Alliance: African-Americans, Jews, and the Middle East Conundrum.
  34. ^ Retrieved 2017-12-03
  35. ^ "Customer Review".
  36. ^ "Calev Michael Myers's Blog". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  37. ^ "דעות - כלב מאיירס". וואלה! חדשות. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  38. ^ "Calev Myers on IBA News 10.1.15 - Radical Islam and France Terror Attack (כלב מאיירס)". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  39. ^ "כלב מאיירס ויריב אופנהיימר- חרם האיחוד האירופי". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  40. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  41. ^ "Calev Myers on CNN discussing Israeli withdrawl from Gaza". Retrieved November 18, 2019 – via
  42. ^ "The Israel Collective". March 21, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  43. ^ "Student Israel Trips". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  44. ^ "thinc. – The Hague Initiative for International Co-operation". thinc. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  45. ^ "Sheli Myers". Retrieved November 18, 2019.

External link[edit]

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