Published on February 24th, 2010 | by Eli Clifton4
The Lawfare Project’s Interesting Roommates
Phil Weiss has been doing some great research on Columbia Law School dean David Schizer’s “Lawfare Project.” The group has an upcoming conference in March—which looks to be a Goldstone-bashing-fest judging by its list of speakers—but has been very quiet about who actually founded, or belongs to, the project.
Yesterday, Phil passed along the information that the website’s domain name was registered by Roslyn Singer of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a group which serves as a hub for the Israel Lobby.
They characterize themselves as, “a central address for key American, Israeli and other world leaders to consult on issues of critical concern to the Jewish community.”
An interesting connection for the Lawfare Project to choose not to disclose, but a closer examination of their domain name and webhosting reveal a number of additional links.
I looked up the Lawfare Project’s domain name using the Robtex tool. It showed the domain name shares an IP address with:
The Children’s Rights Institute is a group which claims to advocate for the human rights of all children but, “has a special focus on the incitement and recruitment of children to become suicide bombers, child soldiers and human shields.”
No mention of the suffering of children in Gaza, so I suppose that says something about where the group’s biases lay.
Shimshon Hi-Tech says they seek “to improve the Hi-Tech atmosphere in the Beit Shemesh region.” Beit Shemesh is a city in Israel’s Jerusalem District.
Swine-flu-information.info seem a little more difficult to explain, but the right-wing New York Sun sharing an IP address with the Lawfare Project remains an interesting coincidence.
It’s important to note that there are some very big hosting services which will have hundreds, if not thousands, of domain names pointing to an IP address. But in this case, the limited number of domain names suggests that there is a link between the websites.
Commenter “Sky7i” points out at that both the Children’s Rights Institute and The Lawfare Project list Brooke Goldstein as their director.
Goldstein is described on the Children’s Rights Institute website as, “a New York based attorney, activist, author and award-winning filmmaker.”