Back in June 2018, following the death of volunteer paramedic Razan Najjar in the “March of Return” riots, I posted how Israel-haters had falsely accused an IDF soldier called Rebecca of having killed her. As I mentioned at the time, they had merely taken her picture and some details from an old IDF Facebook page post.
Former soldier Rebecca Ram today (Tuesday) filed a $6million defamation lawsuit through Shurat Hadin against Suhair Nafal, a senior member of the BDS movement who spread false information that led to threats and incitement to murder against her.
Ram was accused by the BDS movement of being responsible for the murder of Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar, who was killed by IDF fire on the Gaza Strip border about two years ago.
Rivka Ram (26), a young Jewish woman from California, immigrated to Israel in 2012 and enlisted in the IDF for a training position in the Education Corps.
About three years after Rivka’s release from the IDF, in 2018, Suhair Nafal, a Palestinian Christian originally and now a key activist in the California BDS movement, posted a post on her personal Facebook page claiming that Rivka was responsible for the death of Razan al – Najjar, a Palestinian paramedic from the Gaza Strip who was killed by IDF fire during one of the “return marches”.
The same post was circulated on social media among BDS activists and pro-Palestinian organizations in the United States, who began threatening and harassing Rebecca and her family on a daily basis. This week, the organization filed a defamation lawsuit against Suhair Nafal, the distributor of the post, for $ 6million in California court. After receiving the lawsuit, Nafal blocked her Facebook page profile to hide the incriminating evidence.
The indictment emphasized that this was a blood libel since Rebecca had never been in the Gaza Strip as part of her military service, since she had served in a training and back-office role only and certainly not in combat. In addition, Rebecca was discharged from the IDF in 2015, about three years before al-Najjar’s death.
The president of the Shurat HaDin organization, Adv. Nitzana Darshan-Leitner, stated: “It seems that we are returning to the protocols of the elders of Zion and the antisemitic blood libels of the past. Rebecca and her family were condemned and threatened with murder just because she was a soldier in the IDF. The war on haters of Israel has also taken a legal toll, and Rebecca’s lawsuit is at the forefront of the fight against the global boycott movement against the State of Israel. The BDS activists will know that they themselves may be personally indebted for their anti-Zionist activities and even pay a high price. ”
Go get ’em!
Update: The complaint in full:3 Complaint