Profiles in Courage – Lea Tzemel
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In an atmosphere of conflict where the suffering ordinary people attach pejoratives to the names of the famous to express their frustration and lack of faith, the mention of Lea Tzemel name is accompanied by words of admiration and respect. Lea Tzemel's Law Office, as the sign on the door announced was a two-room affair on the fourth floor of a modern stone building on the edge of Salaheddine Street and the Sheikh Jarrah district of Jerusalem. The receptionists were talking to waiting ladies, passing folders to and receiving them from the inside office, answering complicated telephone enquiries themselves and shouting for Lea and her assistant Samir to pick up one phone or the other. Lea's first client was accused of the simple act of throwing stones at an Israeli army patrol without causing injury. Lea rose and began by presenting her credentials, and the judge nodded for her to proceed.