Virginia State Bar cancels Jerusalem seminar, cites ‘discriminatory’ border policies

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Virginia State Bar canceled its plans to hold a legal seminar in Jerusalem, citing “unacceptable discriminatory policies and practices pertaining to border security.”

The Midyear Legal Seminar trip to Jerusalem had been scheduled for November, according to the state agency’s website. The agency is looking into other venues…

…The concerns appear to stem from a petition by the Concerned Members of the Virginia State Bar, which said, “It is without question that Israel employs discriminatory entry and exit policies for U.S. citizens, particularly against visiting Arab- and Muslim-Americans.

The petition also said, “As members of the VSB, we have taken an oath to uphold our profession’s highest ideals. At the core of these ideals is the belief that no person or group should be subjected to differential treatment on the basis of their immutable characteristics. The location of this year’s Seminar, however, strikes at the heart of our profession’s ideals.”

The petition was closed after the decision to cancel the trip. It had 39 signatures.

David Bernstein, the George Mason University Foundation professor at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va., wrote in the Washington Post, “If the Virginia State Bar is in effect boycotting Israel, I, and I suspect many others, will henceforth be boycotting the State Bar, in my case beyond what is necessary to assist my students, which is my professional obligation. I would hope that no Virginia attorneys who are supporters of Israel will attend whatever alternative venue the State Bar settles on”…

  • Alain

    I hope that the identity of those 39 is made public for everyone living in Virginia.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The track record of the BDSholes is clear. Everything they touch, including the Virginia State Bar, turns to shit.

  • Freedom

    A lot of Lawyers are very liberal and Jerks

    • Alain

      Surely you jest.

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Why were they even considering holding a seminar in a foreign country?

  • Surele Surele

    Just wandering… are there any ‘non-discriminatory’ borders? Aren’t borders by nature discriminatory? With the exception of USA Southern border.

  • Xavier

    Well then, have the seminar in Pockeestann instead.
    It’ll be fun.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The need to be barred from entry to Israel for life. In any capacity public, private or professional. VA State Bar is no doubt a group of Obama bundlers and lobbyists.