Wednesday, July 28, 2010


The Iconoclast

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Kol Hakavod ( all honors) to Rachel Ehrenfeld: The Free Speech law is poised to be enacted

Kol Hakavod (all honors) to Rachel Enrenfeld, the subject of the eponymous law that is about to be enacted into law upon signature of President Obama, now that it has been passed by the Congress,. Dr. Ehrenfeld noted in a news release by the American Center for Democracy:

As the initiator of anti-libel tourism legislation, I welcome the passage of this important bill in the House. I congratulate Rep. Cohen, as his early efforts are leading to a new law of the land. With this legislation Congress has taken action against libel tourism - a dire threat to our freedom and democracy," said Dr. Ehrenfeld. "I'd also like to thank and congratulate the Congressmen who made the SPEECH Act possible, including Representative King (R-NY) and Senators Leahy (D-VT), Sessions (R-AL), Specter (D-PA), Lieberman (D-CT), Schumer (D-NY) and Wyden (D-MN), and their dedicated staffs. They have taken a great step forward in securing the freedom of expression which our constitution guarantees.

The saga of the skirmishes and battles in federal courts, state legislatures, the US Congress had more twists and turns than a corkscrew. However, at its core was this American Israeli heroine, daughter of Irgunists with a spine of steel. and equally strong moral fiber, who stood up to intimidation from the late Saudi businessman, Mahfouz who resorted to tourist libel in the shameful London Law courts to try and silence her. She resolved to engage him in a solitary fight that has resulted in passage of HR 2476, as Amended by the Leahy-Sessions Speech Act. For her perseverance and persistence all Americans, especially, writers, journalists and publishers will now have the benefit of protection against the long arm reach of foreign laws used by supporters of Islamic terrorism to intimidate us. Call it ‘lawfare’; Ehrenfeld has won an important victory against it. The passage of Rachel’s Law will send an important message to Muslim Brotherhood Fronts in America, that the people of this great land are united to opposing any group seeking to stifle free speech as guaranteed under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Behind every great woman is a great man. In this case it was Dr. Ehrenfeld’s brilliant lawyer, Daniel Kornstein. Kornstein defended Ehrenfeld through several federal lower court trials and appeals and assisted in birthing the New York State legislation that became the model adopted by other state legislatures and ultimately the federal law passed this week. Konrstein’s briefs are the admiration of many members of the bar because they are literate and a pleasure to read. I had written of him when Ehrenfeld won her federal appeal case in 2007.

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