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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-09-11 03:44 PM
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U.S. court drops Lebanon War victims' lawsuit against Al Jazeera
Victims of 2006 rocket strikes on Israel attempt to sue Al Jazeera, claiming the news network helped Hezbollah militants target their rockets more accurately during its war with Israel

Victims of 2006 rocket strikes on Israel cannot sue Al Jazeera on grounds the broadcaster intentionally helped Hezbollah attack civilians by reporting the sites of explosions, a U.S. judge ruled this week.

The Israeli plaintiffs, who were asking for 1.2 billion dollars in damages from Al Jazeera, said the Qatar-based news network helped Hezbollah militants target their rockets more accurately during the 34-day war with Israel.

Their lawsuit, filed a year ago, argued that a Manhattan court had jurisdiction over the case because U.S. citizens had been harmed.

In her opinion dismissing the suit, Manhattan federal court Judge Kimba Wood said the victims had failed to show in their case that Al Jazeera had the specific intention of aiding Hezbollah.

in full: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-court...
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aranthus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-09-11 04:00 PM
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1. I'm surprised this turkey got this far.
The jurisdiction argument was weak. The court should not have taken the case in the first place.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-09-11 05:02 PM
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2. Tolchin has not commented, he has worked with Darshan-Leitner
the same attorney suing Jimmy Carter.
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