Israelis sue Arab TV network in US court over coverage of Lebanon war
(WJC)–Ninety-one Israelis have filed a US$ 1.2 billion lawsuit in a federal court in the United States against the pan-Arab television network ‘al-Jazeera’, which is based in Qatar. The plaintiffs are civilians who were injured during the month-long 2006 Second Lebanon War or who are relatives of victims. They allege that the network’s war coverage was designed to help the Lebanese group Hezbollah, which started the war. al-Jazeera has offices in New York.
The suit filed in the Federal Court in Manhattan argues that al-Jazeera, in violation of Israeli military censorship rules, reported the location of missile strikes on Israel, enabling Hezbollah to better aim ensuing missiles. One of the plaintiffs was reportedly struck twice by missiles, on his house and on his car, on the first day of the conflict.
Hezbollah fired about 4,000 rockets into Israel during the war in July 2006, killing many Israelis.
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