US lawyers to file civil suit against Goldstone

MK Danny Danon initiates lawsuit which will be submitted to US District Court in NY to fight "the distorted picture of Israel that Goldstone generated."

April 7, 2011 01:51
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Judge Richard Goldstone

Goldstone 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Jewish attorneys plan to file a class action civil suit in the United States against South African jurist Richard Goldstone next week.

The move comes in the aftermath of an opinion piece Goldstone published in the Washington Post last week, in which he stated that he had erroneously accused Israel of internationally targeting innocent civilians in Gaza in a report he submitted on the matter to the United Nations in 2009.

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The report accuses Israel of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. It suggests that the UN Security Council consider referring the matter to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

MK Danny Danon (Likud), who is visiting the United States, initiated the push for the lawsuit. During his US visit, he met with a group of attorneys who are interested in pursuing the case on a voluntary basis.

According to the Danon’s office, the suit will be submitted to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan by attorney Steve Goldberg.

In the civil suit, filed as a class action complaint, the plaintiff says that he and others were “victims of libel by and through allegations and distortions publicly stated in the report on the State of Israel’s military actions during” the IDF’s offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip during the winter of 2008–2009.

Both Danon and MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima) are listed as parties to the suit, which asks that the case be heard by a jury, and demands both an official apology as well as symbolic compensation to be paid to the State of Israel.

Danon said he plans to file a similar suit in Israel against Goldstone, which would go into effect should the judge visit Israel.

“The Goldstone Report was a 2010 model of the blood libel,” said Danon, who is the chairman of the Knesset’s Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee.

“The distorted picture of the State of Israel that Goldstone generated harmed, harms and will continue to harm Israel and her citizens for decades. A public apology in any state may help to reduce the damage that was caused,” Danon said.

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