Thursday, February 21, 2019

Appeals court revives $1 Bn lawsuit against Israel supporters - Marcy Oster, JTA

by Marcy Oster, JTA

US court rules Arab lawsuit, accusing Sheldon Adelson and others of aiding 'genocide' and other 'war crimes,' can go forward.

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a $1 billion lawsuit by Palestinian Arabs and Arab Americans against Sheldon Adelson and other Israel supporters for "genocide" and other "war crimes" can go forward.

The unanimous decision Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a district court ruling dismissing the case because it required a court to rule on political and foreign policy questions.

The lawsuit alleges a conspiracy by the pro-Israel defendants to expel non-Jews from Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem, and accused them of committing or aiding in genocide and other war crimes, Reuters reported.

Other defendants named in the lawsuit are Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison, Bank Leumi and Bank Hapoalim, construction and support companies such as Hewlett Packard and Volvo, 13 nonprofits and the United States.

One appeals court judge, Karen LeCraft Henderson, ruled that the court can decide whether the defendants named in the lawsuit conspired to remove non-Jews from Judea and Samaria or committed war crimes “without touching the sovereignty question, if it concluded that Israeli settlers are committing genocide.”

Marcy Oster, JTA


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