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Palestinian/American Lawsuit To Be Expanded To Include The Victims Of Israel'S Latest War Crime In Gaza

July 25, 2002


Attorney Stanley L. Cohen, lead counsel in a case filed in United States District Court in Washington, D.C. last week on behalf of a group of Palestinian/Americans announced today that the suit will be expanded to include a number of children who were killed and others who were injured during Israel's bombing of a civilian neighborhood in Gaza during the middle of the night earlier this week.  In announcing that the suit will be enlarged to include additional victims and at least one new defendant “the arms manufacturer of the F-16 jet used in the attack- Cohen challenged Israel's assertion that the operation was either a mistake or isolated. Describing the bombing as an offense to all international law and standards of decency, Cohen stated that the latest attack was but another deplorable example of Israel's long standing policy of collective punishment in which it targets all Palestinians for the deeds of a few,

In the lawsuit which was brought last week  against some three dozen defendants including Israel and Prime Minister Sharon, President Bush and Secretary of State Powell, several arms manufacturers in the United States and a number of  U.S. based churches and synagogues that have supported settlements in the West Bank, the plaintiffs seek damages and injunctive relief for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and racketeering dating back as far as the massacre at Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon, through the current Intifada.  The plaintiffs include Palestinian Americans who have been killed, injured, and tortured; who have been denied medical treatment; whose businesses and homes have been destroyed and whose lands have been taken to establish illegal settlements in Palestine.

In response to Mr. Cohen's argument that the plaintiffs had a well founded fear of retaliation at the hands of the IDF if their identities were made known, the Court ruled late last week that they could proceed with the suit using pseudonyms instead of their real names.

For further information contact the Law Offices of Stanley Cohen.

351 Broadway, Suite 300
New York, N.Y. 10013
(212) 979-7572
Fax (212) 995-5574


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