Lawfare runs both ways

Legal issues

Al Jazeera artillery spotters sued in New York

Kol Hakavod to Shurat HaDin: Israel Law Center
Bankrupting terrorism – one lawsuit at a time

Shurat HaDin filed the lawsuit in a New York court on behalf of “91 American, Israeli and Canadian victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks” that were launched during the 2006 conflict between Israel and the Lebanese group.

The suit seeks some 1.2 billion dollars in compensation from Al-Jazeera, claiming that the Qatar-based television station “intentionally provided real-time coverage of the locations of missile strikes inside Israel in violation of Israeli security regulations, thereby enabling Hezbollah to aim its missiles more accurately.”

Lawfare is a form of asymmetric warfare. It is waged by the use of domestic or international law with the intention of damaging an opponent. Examples include winning a public relations victory, financially crippling an opponent, or tying up the opponent’s time so that they cannot pursue other ventures such as run for public office.

In the Middle East it has been mostly it has been waged against Israel. Some high ranking Israeli soldiers have been forced to cancel trips, once while the plane was on the tarmac. Even when the case is specious and the court refuses to continue with it, lawfare can score a public relations victory both by giving publicity and credence to the Destroy Israel Lobby’s claims and by the guilty until proved innocent assumption of many whenever they here someone has been charged†.

Naturally we wish them success in their suit but even if unsuccessful it puts the Mainstream Media on warning. There are financial consequences when they cavalierly ignore Israeli military censorship beyond the deaths of Israeli civilians and soldiers, something they don’t seem to think is important. See: FYI FOI and FOI OMG

Israel Law Center

† Actually I’m not that much different. Whenever I hear of the latest drunken adventures of Mel Gibson or Lindsay Lohan I believe it without checking the possibility that the charge may be a lazy or malicious journalist’s fantasy.

About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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