Terror victim sues Free Gaza Movement in N.Y. court
Filed Under: Politics, US | Posted: 06/27/2011 at 4:48AM
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The Free Gaza Movement boasts the names of Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Noam Chomsky, Adam Shapiro and other American radicals allegedly devoted to destroying the United States and Israel.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Force is preparing for the next threatened flotilla this Summer that will attempt to penetrate the Israeli naval embargo surrounding the Palestinian Gaza stronghold.
The suit, Bauer v. The Mavi Marmara, was filed in Manhattan federal court. Its goal is to confiscate 14 ships outfitted with funds unlawfully raised in the United States by anti-Israel groups, including The Free Gaza Movement ("FGM").
In May 2010, several of these ships, led by the Turkish vessel the Mavi Marmara, attempted to breach the blockade. The resulting violence caused the deaths of nine militants and injury to numerous Israeli Navy SEALs. A second such flotilla is planned in coming weeks. The American contingent of the Free Gaza Movement is led by President Barack Obama’s friends and supportersBill Ayers and Jody Davis, who also heads Code Pink.
The plaintiff, American biologist, Dr. Alan Bauer, who along with his son Jonathan was seriously injured in a Palestinian suicide bombing on March 21, 2002 in Jerusalem, alleges that FGM and other American-based anti-Israel organizations have raised funds in the United States to outfit the Gaza Flotilla ships.
The lawsuit contends that furnishing and outfitting the ships, which are being used for hostilities against a U.S. ally, violates American law. The plaintiff rests his claim upon a rarely-utilized "informant" statute (18 U.S.C. section 962) that allows a plaintiff (called an "informer") to privately seize ships outfitted in the United States for use against a U.S. ally.
The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Robert J. Tolchin Esq. of New York, and Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Esq. of Israel, founder of Israeli human rights group Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center).
This is the first lawsuit brought to seize the Gaza Flotilla ships.
The order, used for soldiers in terms of flotillas, is based on conclusions gleaned and lessons learned from the events of the Marmara, and explains to each component of Israel’s security forces that may be involved how they must behave upon the arrival of the flotilla. Among others, the order is focused on how to behave with those sailing on the flotilla and the objects they carry when a ship anchors near the shores of the country.
"The protocol document is meant to help take care of this type of event. It explains how to do so according to international law and it follows ethical and judicial criteria," added the officer.
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