Legal Jihad update: Hezbollah to sue Israel for 2006 war

posted at 8:26 pm on August 29, 2007 by Bryan

Being a yiddish word, “chutzpah” is probably haram for Hezbollah to use. But it sure describes their tactics. Put it this way: Hezbollah intentionally attacks civilians and therefore commits war crimes as its base strategy. Hezbollah is not just an internationally-recognized terrorist group, but it’s also the paramilitary arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which is also now recognized as a terrorist group. And the IRG belongs to a state that has also been designated a terror sponsor. So we’re about three layers down in the Fabergé egg of terrorism known as Hezbollah. For all I know, Hezbollah’s very existence is probably illegal according to international law. But it can afford lawyers, and like all creeps who can afford lawyers, it’s going to sic them on its enemies.

Hezbollah is planning to file a host of lawsuits against Israel over the damages it caused during the Second Lebanon War. Lebanese individuals with dual citizenship will file the suits in the countries where they hold citizenship.

Attorney Ibrahim Awada, who heads Hezbollah’s legal department, 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.

It beats having rockets rain down on your town, I suppose, but it’s still ridiculous. And this is a + strategy, not an in lieu of: The rockets still be a rainin’. Maybe Israel should counter-sue the Iranian government for funding Hezbollah in the first place. And to get its kidnapped soldiers back.

Meanwhile, here in the states, the SFGate has a long and informative column by Cinnamon Stillwell about Khalid bin Mafouz’s attempt to sue Alms for Jihad and Funding Evil out of existence. Of special note is the fact that, thanks largely to the courageous fight that Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld is waging against bin Mafouz here in the US, libel tourism is backfiring.

Ehrenfeld’s success thus far countering bin Mahfouz mirrors other indications that libel tourism may be backfiring. The largely Internet-based furor over the attempt to squelch Alms for Jihad and what is widely seen as Cambridge University Press’ cave-in has caused the book’s price to skyrocket. A copy of the book sold on eBay this month for $538. As noted at the blog Hot Air, “By suing publisher Cambridge University Press into submission, Khalid bin Mahfouz has turned an obscure scholarly book on the financial workings of terrorism into a prized, rare book.”

In addition, the American Library Association is rising to the occasion. Rather than going along with the Cambridge University Press settlement stipulation that American libraries remove “Alms for Jihad” from their shelves, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom issued the following statement earlier this month:

Unless there is an order from a U.S. court, the British settlement is unenforceable in the United States, and libraries are under no legal obligation to return or destroy the book. Libraries are considered to hold title to the individual copy or copies, and it is the library’s property to do with as it pleases. Given the intense interest in the book, and the desire of readers to learn about the controversy first hand, we recommend that U.S. libraries keep the book available for their users.

Reportedly, Collins and Burr got the publishing rights to the book back from Cambridge University Press and, according to the Library Journal, have had “several offers from U.S. publishers.” It appears the Alms for Jihad saga is far from over and free speech may yet win the day.

As it should.


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“Being a yiddish word, “chutzpah” is probably haram for Hezbollah to use.”

Try saying that 3x fast.

JiangxiDad on August 29, 2007 at 8:29 PM

“Fat boy goes to court.” GREAT caption, sir.

PatrickS on August 29, 2007 at 8:30 PM

Dennis Miller, funny

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0f0_1188410582

Kalapana on August 29, 2007 at 8:38 PM

Go, Nasrallah, go to Israel. Go to court in Israel. Remember what happened to Salameh after the Munich Massacre? Yeah, car bomb by Mossad (allegedly).

Chutzpah indeed.

mjk on August 29, 2007 at 8:47 PM

Will Ramsey Clark, the war criminal’s best friend, be apart of the Hezbollah team?

Kini on August 29, 2007 at 8:48 PM

It appears the Alms for Jihad saga is far from over and free speech may yet win the day.

A light at the end of the tunnel.

Spirit of 1776 on August 29, 2007 at 8:48 PM

Dennis Miller, funny

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0f0_1188410582

“Aqua-velva-jad” Good one, Dennis.

Bigfoot on August 29, 2007 at 8:58 PM

Erm, what?

Ortzinator on August 29, 2007 at 9:15 PM

These idiots never get boring. Just when you think they have run out of stupid excuses for murder, hidden meanings in passages for beheadings, 7th century dogma for keeping people stupid and poor…they come up with a lawsuit for the war they started.

Awesome

sunny on August 29, 2007 at 9:25 PM

Interesting tid-bit in the SFGate piece:

The largely Internet-based furor over the attempt to squelch Alms for Jihad…

A nice admission of the fact that the internet, and not the MSM, is the guardian of the public interest and civil liberties and all that other good stuff that “journalists” claim to be all so fired up about.

billy on August 29, 2007 at 9:27 PM

Makes you want to hit this clown on the head with a gavel about 2006 times.

Looking for the funny bone.

profitsbeard on August 29, 2007 at 9:46 PM

Nuke’m!

dmann on August 29, 2007 at 10:30 PM

You have got to be kidding,after raining down rockets
on Isreal,they got the nerve to sue.

Isn’t this just insane,this would be like Hitler sending
a bill for the GAS and FUEL that he used in the Gas Chambers
and Crematorium.

Maybe Isreal should send a bill in the form of nasty cruise
missile right into the Bacca Valley.

canopfor on August 29, 2007 at 10:32 PM

Hezb’allah should understand that many Israelis also hold dual citizenship and can sue for damages from Hezb’allah missiles in courts throughout Europe and the Americas.

Some of the world’s finest lawyers are Jews, and many of them would love to work pro bono on a case like this. Perhaps meshuga is a better description than chutzpah.

rokemronnie on August 29, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Are you kidding me?

Israel has more murder for hire Lawyers standing on a street corner at midnight than Hezbollah has in their entire C-4 wearing organization.

Sue Israel and they’ll end up owning the rockets you’re threatening them with.

Speakup on August 29, 2007 at 11:54 PM

Speakup on August 29, 2007 at 11:54 PM

Get a grip…..what choice has Israel had in the last 50 years???

dmann on August 30, 2007 at 12:06 AM

Some of the world’s finest lawyers are Jews, and many of them would love to work pro bono on a case like this. Perhaps meshuga is a better description than chutzpah.

rokemronnie on August 29, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Let’s see if Jewish lawyers can dominate Arab lawyers as well as Jewish pilots do over their counterparts.

pedestrian on August 30, 2007 at 12:09 AM

Fat boy goes to court.

Alas, his local Hydroxycut rep lives a life of sheer frustration.

infidel4life on August 30, 2007 at 12:17 AM

That reminds me of the Arab scholar who four years ago suggested that Egypt sue Israel and all Jews worldwide for the gold, silver, and jewels that the Israelites were said to have plundered upon their exodus from Egypt.

Everyone got a good laugh over it, and the proposed lawsuit fizzled when it was considered that (1) the plaintiffs would be in effect acknowledging the validity of the Hebrew Bible, which would result in Israel expanding to three times her current size, and (2) the Jews would countersue for 400 years of unpaid wages owed to 600,000 men, plus an equal number of women, plus children — an amount that would dwarf the Egyptian claim.

aunursa on August 30, 2007 at 12:54 AM

billy,

Cinnamon Stillwell is one of the few (if not the only) conservative columnists employed by the Chronicle. That she cites the internet over the MSM is not surprising.

aunursa on August 30, 2007 at 12:57 AM

Speakup on August 29, 2007 at 11:54 PM

Get a grip…..what choice has Israel had in the last 50 years???

dmann on August 30, 2007 at 12:06 AM

LOL you mean the last 2000 years or perhaps a Millennia or two previous to that.

Speakup on August 30, 2007 at 1:11 AM

Once again, let’s extend thanks to the American Liberal for the stupidty they unleased on the world.

Montana on August 30, 2007 at 1:23 AM

An entire nation filled with Jews, and Hezbollah thinks it has a prayer in court?

John from OPFOR on August 30, 2007 at 2:53 AM

I think they should counter-sue with JDAMs and IDF Troops. Take it all and give it back to the Lebanese Christians, live in peace with them, profit!

Tim Burton on August 30, 2007 at 3:32 AM

Some of the world’s finest lawyers are Jews, and many of them would love to work pro bono on a case like this. Perhaps meshuga is a better description than chutzpah.

rokemronnie on August 29, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Who wants to bet that if Hezbollah loses they’ll start talking about “evil Zionist Jew-Devil lawyers” offending the Muslim freedom fighter once again by daring not to submit to the will of Allah?

BKennedy on August 30, 2007 at 7:15 AM

It’s the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!!!!!!

hillbillyjim on August 30, 2007 at 7:27 AM

An entire nation filled with Jews,and Hezbollah
thinks it has a prayer in court?

John from OPFOR on August 30,2007 at 2:53AM.

John,Amen to that.

canopfor on August 30, 2007 at 7:35 AM

If Israel had finished the job, there would not be anyone suing them for a war the other side started.

madmonkphotog on August 30, 2007 at 9:06 AM

If Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, which it is, then isn’t any agent that works for them also a terrorist? Seems to me that any lawyers showing up to represent these scumbags should be arrested.

Defense Guy on August 30, 2007 at 9:26 AM

You have got to be kidding,after raining down rockets
on Isreal (Israel),they got the nerve to sue.

No kidding, they’ve confused Israel with the United States.

shooter on August 30, 2007 at 9:38 AM

Why am I reminded of Al Gore 2000? Oh yeah-seeking political success through legal intimidation. I hope the fat boy in this post DOES try to sue Israel in World Court. Just like all the other jihadi shakedown artists(e.g.-CAIR)during the discovery phase they suddenly drop the lawsuit. It’s called bluffing and then throwing your hand away.

Doug on August 30, 2007 at 9:43 AM

So we’re about three layers down in the Fabergé egg of terrorism known as Hezbollah.

Quote of the year.

Alden Pyle on August 30, 2007 at 10:09 AM

Not to worry. I’m sure the 9th Circus Court (San Francisco) will make sure it gets a fair hearing.

CrazyFool on August 30, 2007 at 10:32 AM

“Try and collect, bitch!”

mojo on August 30, 2007 at 3:29 PM