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Case dismissed against anti-terrorist pickets

OAKLAND, California – StandWithUs congratulates pro-Israel activists for succeeding in getting their case dismissed on October 10, 2017 after a meritless lawsuit was filed against them in Oakland, California, by the owner of a bakery which glorifies terrorism against Israelis.

Reem’s Bakery in Oakland  displays a floor-to-ceiling mural honoring terrorist Rasmea Odeh who was convicted of murdering two Israeli students in a 1969 bombing in Israel. Odeh was later convicted of immigration fraud in U.S. federal court and was deported to Jordan from the U.S. in September 2017.

Throughout the summer of 2017, pro-Israel activists held vigils outside the bakery to remember Odeh’s terror victims. In response, the bakery owner filed complaints against several of the activists and sought restraining orders against them.

The  Respondents contacted the StandWithUs Saidoff Legal Department upon learning of the charges against them. StandWithUs reached out to their pro bono network of attorneys to find free representation for the activists. Attorneys Micha “Mitch” Danzig and Evan Nadel at the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo agreed to represent the main respondent Michael Lumish. As part of this representation, attorneys Danzig and Nadel threatened to file an anti-SLAPP motion against the petitioner on October 10, 2017. Within hours, petitioner’s counsel filed a motion to dismiss the complaint against all three defendants.

“We are thrilled for the respondents that this meritless lawsuit was dismissed and especially proud of our partnership on this case with the Mintz Levin law firm. This is a prime example of what can be achieved when we partner with pro-bono attorneys to help those in need of legal resources,” states Yael Lerman, Director, StandWithUs Saidoff Legal Department.

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