Lea Tsemel is a Jewish-Israeli human rights lawyer who won France’s highest human rights award in 1996. She has represented political prisoners for five decades. Tsemel and her work in the Israeli judicial system defending Palestinians accused of terrorism were featured in the award-winning documentary film Advocate (reviewed in the NY Times).
In this interview with Canada Talks Israel Palestine, Lea Tsemel describes the unfairness of Israel’s judicial system and the systematic torture committed by Israeli security forces, brutal beatings during interrogation, and targeted killings. Canada Talks Israel Palestine helps Canadians better understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through objective analysis and raising awareness for a just and reconciliatory solution.