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  • Zionist leader offers doubt about Shangri-La verdict

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 27, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    After the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, were found guilty in August of discriminating against a group of Jews who had come to a party held on the hotel pool’s deck, Steven Goldberg, national vice chair of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA),...

  • Judge denies Hotel Shangri-La’s motions, appeal likely

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 31, 2013 | 10:22 am

    A judge in a Santa Monica courthouse rejected a request for a new trial from the Hotel Shangri-La and its owner on Jan. 31.

    In August 2012, a jury found the boutique hotel in Santa Monica and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, guilty of discriminating against a group of young Jews and...

  • Shangri-La Hotel owner seeks new trial

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 2, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    The Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its partial-owner, Tehmina Adaya, who in August 2012 were found guilty in a jury trial of unlawfully discriminating against a group of young Jews, have begun the process of requesting a new trial. 

    Attorneys for Adaya and the hotel filed...

  • Hotel Shangri-La, ZOA find common ground

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 29, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    On Aug. 21, on the heels of a jury decision that found the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica, along with one of its part-owners, had discriminated against a group of Jews during an incident in 2010, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) sent out a notice...

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  • ZOA calls off Hotel Shangri-La protest after ‘concessions’ from owner

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 24, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    On Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) sent out a notice that it was planning a protest Sunday, Aug. 26, in front of the Hotel Shangri-La to “express outrage” following a recent jury decision that found the hotel and its owner had...

  • The story behind the Hotel Shangri-La anti-Semitism trial

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 22, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    It was late in the afternoon on Aug. 15, a Wednesday, when the jury delivered its verdict to a Santa Monica courtroom. The discrimination case that had been brought against the oceanfront boutique Hotel Shangri-La by a group of young Jews had been going on for nearly four weeks, and...

  • ZOA to protest outside Hotel Shangri-La

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 21, 2012 | 11:07 pm

    In the wake of the recent jury verdict that found the Hotel Shangri-La and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, had illegally discriminated against a group of young Jews in 2010, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is planning to hold a peaceful protest outside the...

  • Additional $440,000 in punitive damages imposed on Hotel Shangri-La

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 16, 2012 | 10:56 pm

    One day after it found that the Hotel Shangri-La and its part-owner had discriminated against a group of young Jews in 2010, a jury in California Superior Court ordered the hotel and owner to pay approximately $440,000 in additional punitive damages to the plaintiffs.

    That brings...

  • Third full day of deliberations in FIDF v. Hotel Shangri-La trial ends without a verdict

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 13, 2012 | 11:07 pm

    In the civil case brought by a group of young Jewish members of a pro-Israel group against the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner, before the trial even began, the court was the setting for a three-day process of selecting a jury that a member of the courtroom staff...

  • Closing arguments in Hotel Shangri-La discrimination trial

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 8, 2012 | 7:15 pm

    Attorneys presented their closing arguments on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the discrimination trial brought by members of a pro-Israel group against the owner of a boutique hotel in Santa Monica.

    After a trial that had lasted nearly 10 days, the jurors listened as lawyers for the two...

  • Hotel Shangri-La trial raises specter of anti-Semitism

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 1, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    Is the word “Jew” offensive? What about “f—-ing Jew”?

    That rather provocative question was posed on July 27 by Philip Black, one of the attorneys defending the Muslim owner of the Hotel Shangri-La, a boutique hotel in Santa Monica, against a discrimination lawsuit brought by...

  • In heated Hotel Shangri-La discrimination trial, first FIDF witness keeps his cool [UPDATED]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 30, 2012 | 1:08 am

    Is the word “Jew” offensive? What about “f***ing Jew?”

    That rather provocative question was posed on Friday by Philip Black, one of the attorneys defending the Muslim owner of the Hotel Shangri-La, a boutique hotel in Santa Monica. Black’s client, Tehmina Adaya, has been...

  • Trial begins in FIDF v. Hotel Shangri-La discrimination case

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 27, 2012 | 12:29 am

    A case of discrimination brought by a group of young Los Angeles Jews affiliated with a pro-Israel group against the Muslim owner of a hotel in Santa Monica began in Los Angeles Superior Court in Santa Monica on July 26.

    The plaintiffs, including more than a dozen young Jewish...

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