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Virginia State Bar cancels trip to Israel after BDS objections

Virginia State Bar cancels trip to Israel after BDS objections

Read the following email that was sent to members of the Virginia State Bar, then send your own email to the president of the Virginia State Bar, Kevin E. Martingayle, as to why canceling the trip was an abhorrent action. 

(Directions below the letter)

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March 27, 2015

Dear Fellow Members of the Virginia State Bar,

Certain members of the Virginia State Bar and other individuals have expressed objections to the VSB’s plan to take the Midyear Legal Seminar trip in November to Jerusalem. It was stated that there are some unacceptable discriminatory policies and practices pertaining to border security that affect travelers to the nation. Upon review of U.S. State Department advisories and other research, and after consultation with our leaders, it has been determined that there is enough legitimate concern to warrant cancellation of the Israel trip and exploration of alternative locations.

Undoubtedly, this news will disappoint some VSB members. But we are a state agency that strives for maximum inclusion and equality, and that explains this action. Fortunately, we still anticipate being able to find a suitable location for the November seminar trip, and we will send out further news very soon.

Finally, we are pleased that our members and citizens feel able to express concerns and look to us to protect rights. In the end, we are all part of the same team, and the VSB will continue to stay focused on advancing its primary objectives—public protection, access to justice, and improvement of the profession.

As always, I appreciate having the honor of serving as your president.

Best regards,


Kevin E. Martingayle
President, Virginia State Bar

Send an email to Kevin E. Martingayle, president of the Virginia State Bar: martingayle@bischoffmartingayle.com

Explain in a professional and direct manner that by the Bar capitulating to pressure from the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement (whether directly or indirectly, out of ignorance of the facts or otherwise), the Bar is siding with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and many other terrorists states, rather than with Israel.

Let Mr. Martingayle know that in Israel, the Jewish president was sent to jail by an Arab-Muslim sitting on the Israeli Supreme Court.

Let Mr. Martingayle know that the law that he practices, and that of the Western world, started in the Torah and that Israel is the only country in the Middle East to practice such law.