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Saturday, 12 March 2016 05:28

Palestinians slap Zionist regime with lawsuit

Palestinians slap Zionist regime with lawsuit
A group of Palestinians have recently filed a $34.5-billion lawsuit against a series of pro-Israeli corporations, individuals, and non-profit organizations, accusing them of helping the Zionist regime to expand its illegal settlements.

According to Press TV quoting Israel's Ynetnews daily, the plaintiffs, including activist Bassem al-Tamimi and more than 30 others, targeted billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, Volvo, Israel Chemicals, Bank Leumi, Bank Hapoalim, and a number of others for their alleged role in the expansion of the illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory “in a manner injurious to the Palestinians and their property rights.”

The nearly 200-page lawsuit, brought by Washington lawyer Martin McMahon on behalf of its plaintiffs, was filed in Washington DC’s federal court on Monday.

According to the lawsuit, these individuals, companies, and non-profit organizations have funded the Israeli military’s criminal activities, including “ethnic cleansing, home demolitions, murder, mayhem, arms trafficking, and breaking bones of Palestinian demonstrators.”

During the past 40 years, the parties named in the suit also “have been committing the war crime of pillage by stealing and exploiting valuable minerals from Palestinian properties,” plaintiffs went on to say.

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because they are built on territories captured by Zionist regime in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.


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