Calev Myers

Calev Myers - image by Jim Gomely

Calev Myers - image by Jim Gomely

Calev Myers is the founder of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ), a human rights group in Israel. He finished a degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and joined the Israel Bar Association as a licensed lawyer after having immigrated to Israel from the United States in 1992. He founded JIJ in 2004 as non-profit organization that grants pro-bono representation to victims of human trafficking, religious discrimination, and advances freedom and rule of law in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Gaza.

Myers also owns and manages the Jerusalem City Center branch as a partner at Yehuda Raveh & Co. law offices. The law firm was established in 1940 by Gideon Hausner who served as Attorney-General of Israel and member of Knesset in 1965, 1969, 1974 and 1977. Myers has been published in the International Law Review and currently works in the fields of corporate and intellectual property law, charity law, and civil rights law.

In 2011, Myers founded a caucus with Likud Member of Knesset Danny Danon to combat anti-Semitism internationally. Myers described the caucus's goals as being "to empower Israel's friends around the world to fight anti-Semitism everywhere it exists".

Myers addressed the European Parliament in 2012 challenging Europe's funding the Palestinian Authority while overlooking human rights violations and was the key-note speaker at the opening event of Palestinian Human Rights Week in Toronto, Canada in April 2013. At the event, Myers stated, "We try to look at the issues from a human rights perspective. When you put on your human rights lenses you see what’s really happening and who the true abusers of human rights of the Palestinians are. It’s not primarily soldiers at checkpoints, the Israeli government [or Jewish] settlers in the disputed territories: it’s the Palestinian Authority itself and the nations surrounding Israel.  He has since spoken at Berkeley University, Oxford University, and Helsinki University, MIT, York University, Uppsala University, and Paris Institute of Political Studies.

Myers is also an activist and Member of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ), an organization which works to combat racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism.  He has been published in the Justice Magazine of the IAJLJ, and serves as one of their Representatives before the UN in Geneva and New York. Appearing on behalf of the IAJLJ before the UN Human Rights Council in March 2016, Myers stated, "Both Palestinians and Israelis, live trapped in a Hamasblockade of terror, since 2005, which threatens their most basic human right: the right to life". He frequently contributes op-eds to the Times of Israel website, the Walla News website, and appears on Israeli television programs in English and Hebrew, as a current events analyst from a human rights perspective.  He is also a contributor to CNN and I24 News.

In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
— David Ben Gurion