A lawsuit was filed Thursday against former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon, who is currently in Washington. The civil lawsuit was filed by a group of Lebanese citizens because of his role in the 1996 bombing of Kfar Qana in Lebanon, which killed 100 civilians. Yaalon was the head of the military intelligence at the time.
Yaalon was served with the court papers during a public event in Washington, where he is now visiting as a fellow at the Washington. According to witnesses at the event, the former Chief of Staff was approached by a person who handed him an envelope containing the court documents. Yaalon refused to accept the envelope and it was dropped on the floor. The lawsuit was filed at the US district court in Washington DC.
Last week a similar lawsuit was filed against Avi Dichter, the former head of the Shin-Bet for his part in a 2002 bombing in Gaza that killed 14 civilians.
Both Israeli officials will have to file their responses to the lawsuits against them, but the court cannot order them to stay in the US for the proceedings or ban them from entering in the future. The State of Israel has already announced that it will take care of any lawsuit filed against an Israeli official in courts abroad.