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March 28, 2014  RSS feed

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Cardozo event speaker to examine links between terrorism, legal system

Brooke Goldstein Brooke Goldstein Brooke Goldstein, a New York City-based human rights attorney, author and award-winning filmmaker, will speak on “When Terrorism Fails: Using the Legal System to Attack Israel” at an awards ceremony for the Cardozo Society on Thursday, May 1.

The event, put on by the Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and the Cardozo Society, will be held at the Bank of Tampa, 200 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:15 p.m.

In addition to Goldstein’s speech, Tampa Bay Cardozo Leadership Awards will be presented to Nat Doliner, of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, and Bruce Marger, of Trenam Kemker, for their outstanding commitment to the legal community and to Jewish leadership. “Both of these honorees embody the highest vision and values of the Jewish community in both their professional and personal endeavors, and we are fortunate to have them in the Bay area community,” noted Cardozo co-chair Jonathan Ellis.

The Cardozo Society is an honorary society for Jewish attorneys in the Tampa Bay area that aims to celebrate the legal profession’s commitment to the principles of the Federation. The society hosts programs that integrate Jewish and legal concerns and provide educational, leadership, social and networking opportunities for attorneys.

Guest speaker Goldstein is director of The Lawfare Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about and facilitating a response to the abuse of Western legal systems and human rights law. “Ms. Goldstein will offer a fascinating look at the relationship between terrorism and the legal system. We are confident that those who attend this event will walk away impressed,” said Cardozo co-chair Jim Soble.

Goldstein is also the founder and director of the Children’s Rights Institute (CRI), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to track, spotlight, and legally combat violations of children’s basic human rights around the world. CRI has a special focus on the state-sponsored indoctrination and recruitment of children to become suicide-homicide bombers, child soldiers, and human shields.

Her award-winning documentary film, The Making of a Martyr, uncovers the illegal, state-sponsored indoctrination and recruitment of Palestinian children for suicide-homicide attacks. Filming Martyr, Goldstein secured firsthand interviews with active and armed members of the Al-Aqsa, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas terrorist groups as well as with families of suicide bombers, children imprisoned for attempting to blow themselves up, teachers at terrorist-run schools, and others involved in the phenomenon of child suicide bombing. Martyr is currently broadcast on television stations throughout the globe and is ranked as IMDb’s seventh most popular title on the West Bank. Goldstein is a regular commentator on FOX News and has been featured in several media, including CNN, The New York Sun, Swindle Magazine, Defense Technology International, and on WABC News Talk Radio.

The event is free for all Federation donors and $25 per person for all non-donors. For more information or to RSVP, visit or

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