Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hezbollah launches courtroom blitz of civil lawsuits vs Israel

Hezbollah tactics against Israel now go beyond kidnapping and Katyusha rocket attacks to include frivolous litigation abroad.
A barrage of lawsuits will be unleashed against Israel to claim payment for property destruction and loss of life during last summer's 34-day Second Lebanon War, Haaretz reports. Lebanese with dual citizenship are being encouraged by Hezbollah to file suits in their second country.

Attorney Ibrahim Awada, head of Hassan Nasrallah's legal team, revealed the plan last week on a Syrian television program devoted to “Zionist crimes against Lebanon.” He said that each plaintiff will hire a lawyer in the country where he files suit, and Hezbollah will pay the lawyers’ fees. Inshallah.

The Lebanese government began mulling lawsuits against Israel immediately after the war ended last summer, but was stymied by the fact that United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the war, blamed Hezbollah, rather than Israel, for its outbreak. The government therefore set up a legal committee to explore more limited options, such as suits specifically over Israel’s use of cluster bombs and destruction of infrastructure.

It's doubtful that Israel will dignify this tactic with any official response. Egyptians once attempted to sue Israel for the loss of antiquities that the Hebrew slaves carried away from Egypt. (This fell flat when Jewish lawyers threatened to countersue the Land of the Pharaohs for 400 years of bondage.)

Hat tip to Yourish for the alert.

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