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March 2, 2016 6:27 pm

Lawfare Group Pursuing Class-Action ‘War Crimes’ Suit at International Criminal Court Against Palestinian Broadcasting Chiefs (VIDEO)

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From the Shurat HaDin video, part of the campaign to garner plaintiffs for a class-action suit against the heads of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation. Photo: Screenshot.

From the Shurat HaDin video, part of the campaign to garner plaintiffs for a class-action suit against the heads of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation. Photo: Screenshot.

An Israel-based international lawfare group is preparing a class-action suit against the heads of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation for spurring viewers to commit terrorist attacks against Jews, The Algemeiner has learned.

Shurat HaDin-The Israel Law Center intends to submit a complaint against Riyad al-Hassan and Ahmed Assaf for war crimes at the International Criminal Court at the Hague, after collecting thousands of signatures from plaintiffs, according to a video on its website and Facebook page.

Shurat HaDin told Army Radio on Wednesday that there is a precedent for such a suit, citing the lengthy prison sentences received by the heads of Rwanda’s TV and radio authority for war crimes, following incitement to murder during the civil war in that country.

In its campaign to garner plaintiffs for the suit (which prosecutors can decide to pursue and indict the PBC directors), Shurat HaDin produced a video clip showing famous US TV personalities – such as Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres – with their voices dubbed over, ostensibly calling on viewers to kill Muslims. The clip then proceeds to present popular American cartoon characters saying the same thing, then moves on to show actual broadcasts from PA-controlled TV.

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It concludes with the narrator saying: “Of course, American TV would never really call for the murder of Muslims. But Palestinian TV incites for the murder of innocent Jews every single day.”

This is not the first time The Algemeiner has reported on Shurat HaDin targeting incitement. In October, the organization – founded and run by attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner – collected signatures for a class-action suit against Facebook, accusing it of not doing enough to counter Arabic-language pages containing antisemitic images and calls to commit violence against Israelis and Jews.

In January, it conducted an experiment that involved creating an antisemitic Facebook page and an anti-Palestinian one, and waiting to see which, if either, was removed. While the latter was instantly deemed in violation of Facebook’s “community standards,” it took six full days and numerous complaints by users, for the former to be taken down.

Later that same month, Shurat HaDin launched another campaign, to raise money for billboards to be placed in the area of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s house in Palo Alto, California – urging the social media giant, “Don’t Kill Us.”

Watch the Shurat HaDin video below:

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  • David Peters

    Of course, it takes AFSI (Americans for a Safe Israel) to actually provide a link to Shurat HaDin’s petition page.
    Apparently, Algemeiner wants to stay above the fray.

  • Just an addition to the background of this legal action: the expression “the Jews filthy feet” is originally from Hamadan, Iran where the “najis” (unclean) laws as part of the shari’a made it illegal for Jews to go out in the rain or snow because of the ‘fear’ that the water dripping off the Jew would land on the ground and might then touch and defile the feet of a passing Muslim.

    The point is that the defendants were so far “over-reaching” to find accusations in order to instigate lethal hostility towards Jews. They reached so far as to find unbelievable issues from another century (19th and early 20th), a different legal code, and a different country.

  • HaroldT

    Long overdue for Israeli’s to act proactively.
    Continue your good work.

  • Mary Collins Derivan

    Wish you all the best

  • Marc Tindell

    Stop the disgusting anti-semetic rhetoric that is poisoning the minds of others!
    This “one sided” attack is evil and bold faced lies based on intolerance and hatred.

  • Abouttime. Should have been done long ago.

  • Barbara Lwvin

    Good luck in your efforts to stamp this sickening but powerful process out

  • Peter Joffe

    With many of the worlds top leaders being Muslims, such as Obama it is becoming more and more difficult to fight evil. May Trump please replace Obama as he will stop the slide into dismay and barbarism. I wonder if Obama would kill his daughters if they chose to marry a Christian? And just to remind him, The USA is still and hopefully always will be a christian and Jewish country.

    • Uriel Priwes

      Please stop spreading the lie that Obama is a Muslim. There are enough reasons to criticize Barack Obama without telling lies about him!

  • stevenl

    Where are all the Jewish liberal lawyers? They don’t seem to care about Israel and therefore about themselves.
    Tks Shurat HaDin.

  • Lia

    Massive success wished to Shurat HaDin!

  • statcitizen

    I received an email from Shurat HaDin asking me to sign up as a plaintiff in this suit. I was willing to do so until I saw a checkbox that, if marked, indicates my agreement to be represented by some US law firm or its designate. A marked check box is required. I decided not to participate unless and until I learn about this firm’s bona fides and strategy.

    stat

  • marlene

    Good news in an otherwise bad news world.

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