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Im Tirzu Letter Apr01-10 Threatening Libel Suit ENG Translation

Im Tirzu Letter Apr01-10 Threatening Libel Suit ENG Translation

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Rosenberg Puris Haetzni & Co. law offices April 1, 2010 To:Mr. Roi YellinMr. Yuval YellinMr. Dror MizrahiMr. Idan Ring Mr. Didi RemezMr. Noam LivnehMr. Noam WinnerMs. Tal Niv 
Sent by e-mail and registered mail
 Dear Madame and Messrs.,
Re: Libelous publication
 On behalf of my client, Im Tirzu, registered association (henceforth:
"Im Tirzu"
 ), I hereby address you as follows:
Publication of defamation
Representatives of my client recently learned that you publish a gravepublication on the Internet, on the page of a group with many participants, on a network called Facebook. In the publications of thisgroup you appear and express yourselves, manage the publication andidentify yourselves officially as its "administrators" (this platform of publication will henceforth be called:
"the page"
On this page, which serves as a platform for many surfers, gravestatements have regularly been made recently regarding my client(henceforth:
"the publication"
 ). These statements, besides being groundless and baseless, are grave defamation, in its meaning in the Anti-Defamation Act, 1965.3.
Firstly, the following logo has recently appeared on the page regularly:
"Im Tirzu – a fascist movement."
 Also appearing on the page, in its different parts and at different timesof publication, are systematic, recurring statements, blaming my clientof being a body/movement with "fascist" ideas, characteristics andactivities.5.
Furthermore, as far as my client knows, the aforementioned group andpage were established a priori on Facebook to lead and promote acampaign of defamation, libel and smearing of my client. All with thepurpose of giving my client a bad image, reputation and name as a"fascist movement."
 The severity of the defamation
 The contents of the publications about my client constitute, both in andof themselves and in their overall context and of course inasmuch ascan be understood and implied by them, malicious and gravedefamation. That defamation has already hurt and could cause my clientserious damages in the future, including monetary and reputationdamages.7.
 The significance of the serious defamation you published about my client cannot be overstated. As you know well, the fascist movement, which grew in the 1920s in Italy, was characterized by a dictatorial, violent, offensive and oppressive nature. As part of the rise of fascismto power personal liberties were canceled, democracy was abolished andthe exclusive leader, "the Duce," was elevated to the supreme status.Likewise, the will of the leader was sanctified and democratic conduct was canceled, as were liberty, freedom of expression, parliamentary rule,the rest of the principles of democracy and the good of the individual.8.
More serious yet, the fascist regime in Italy allied with the Nazi regimein Germany and together they persecuted the Jews, sent them toconcentration and death camps and perpetrated the Holocaust of European Jewry. So much that in the awareness of any reasonableperson, fascism is related inextricably to Nazism, with everything thatimplies.
 The distortion and wrong
Im Tirzu is a moderate Zionist movement, which started on campusesin Israel and whose goal is to strengthen the values of classic Zionism.10.
Im Tirzu maintains legitimate national activity on the campuses andoutside them, investigates various developments and makes its findingspublic, all in the spirit of the founder of Zionism Binyamin Ze'ev Herzl.11.
 There is no connection between Im Tirzu and manifestations andexpressions of fascism, to the contrary. Therefore, anyone who insultsIm Tirzu, its activists and its activities with charges connected tofascism or its manifestation does so knowingly, maliciously anddeliberately.12.
It is also clear that the grave accusations against my client are intendedto achieve alien, unfit and grave objectives. Namely, to hurt Im Tirzu,its activity and the reputation it has gained. All in order to blunt theeffects of its Zionist activity.13.
 The provocation of my client and the deliberate and maliciousdefamation are clear and obvious from various publications that appearon the aforementioned group's page.14.
Furthermore, it is no accident that you did not bother to address my client and/or its main activists to learn the facts from them and whether there is any connection between its ideas and/or activity andthe fascist movement.

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