This is a solicitation for legal assistance, to help me present a case, or cases, against the State of Israel and private individuals and organizations, for damages, because of human rights abuses and many other crimes perpetrated against me by persons of Israeli and American citizenship under the protection and with the encouragement of the State of Israel.
In the United States, a legal precedent for a similar lawsuit has probably already been set by the Jewish survivors of the Nazi holocaust perpetrated against them by the German Nazi regime until 1945. To my knowledge, such persons have presented a largely successful lawsuit (or lawsuits) against entities in France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For further information, see here.
A very short overview of what happened to me and what I want
I was expelled by the Israeli Army from my home in Hebron in 2002 because of my work as a journalist, but before that I had been sexually harassed, beaten, insulted and slandered by the IDF and the illegal Jewish settlers, my home was repeatedly vandalized by the illegal Jewish settlers and IDF. I was hospitalized several times due to these mistreatments. I lost several jobs in a row due to Israeli pressure on my employers despite being a well-known and recognized journalist; I was defrauded of the fruits of my work by Israeli associates who made use of the inequality of Palestinians before Israeli law, and my work was subsequently used by the Israeli military to endanger my life. I live in Austria as a refugee under the Geneva Convention since 2002.
Due to the expulsion from my home by the Israeli government, I lost a respected job as a journalist and the social position attached to that occupation, an adequate income, my livelihood, my house, and I will very likely never again see my family.
While still living in Hebron, I presented over 300 complaints with the Israeli police for various abuses. My lawyer in Jerusalem tried to bring these complaints before Israeli courts. She was told that none of my complaints would ever be pursued by Israeli authorities, that this was a political decision. All these complaints were closed by the Israeli police without further investigation. I have posted some of these documents, which are in Hebrew, here.
I expect the outcome of any lawsuit to be ample compensation and punitive damages for the abuses and transgressions I suffered at the hands of the Israelis; the reconstruction of my house to the state it was before the Israeli military and the illegal Jewish settlers vandalized it; the reinstatement of my right to live in security in my home, Hebron. I expect as an additional outcome that such a lawsuit presented in my case will open the way for potentially all Palestinians, at home or in exile, to present similar compensation claims.
A potentially incomplete list of possible defendant(s): the Government of Israel; various Israeli civil and military officers; various identified and unidentified Jewish settlers, primarily those known to be integrants of the Kach and New Kach movements, which have been labeled as terrorist organizations by the US State Department; American, Israeli and other associations like JINSA, AIPAC, JTA, ADL, WJC, … which have been characterized by American investigators as obtaining the complicity of the USA in the genocide against Palestinians by using questionable methods to “convince” same legislators and officials to do their bidding; individuals and organizations throughout the world which supplement the finances of the illegal settlements in the West Bank and Gaza; companies in various jurisdictions drawing profits from their commercial relations with the occupiers in illegal settlements in the West Bank; media outlets around the world which act as enablers of the ongoing genocide because they routinely deny and mischaracterize the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people.
Because of similarities of my case and those of the survivors of the Nazis, I wrote an Email of similar content to the lawyer company which apparently represented the Jewish holocaust victims. Since they have not shown interest in my case to date, I am soliciting a lawyer in this way. Lack of interest in my case is their privilege. I commented on that here.
Please write me if you or your company are interested in my case and you think that you can achieve a satisfactory outcome.
See and read: I Found A Chickens While Looking for Justice here.
I Found Chickens While Looking for Justice
Last Tuesday, November 14, I wrote a polite email to a human rights organization and a lawyer company in the USA which uses the slogan “We uphold civil and human rights in the U.S. and worldwide” on their website, asking if they would represent me in court in order to sue the Government of Israel for, succintly, redress of damages. I had found them because they, together with the ACLU, filed a complaint against Donald Rumsfeld for his role in the atrocities taking place in Iraq. Usually emails are answered within one or two workdays, but I have not (yet) received an acknowledgement of my email from either organization. I would have accepted a “No interest” from either organization. But no answer at all ? Did I scare them ? Or is it just that I, as a Palestinian, am excluded from seeking redress for human rights abuses perpetrated against me ?
Before this, last year, I wrote the to the ICJ in The Hague to ask about the possibility of presenting my case with them. They expressed scant interest. In their answer, they said there was no guarantee that they would even admit the case in their court.
Back in Israel, the same thing happened. I tried often to bring my complaints before the Israeli courts, with no success. The only lawyer who did some serious work on my behalf, Lea Tsemel, told me that the files “had been closed”, and that “everything is political at this time”. In the police stations, of course, the officers were busy speaking with their girlfriends on the phone while I tried to find out anything about the lodged complaints. I had another – expensive – lawyer who limited his efforts to taking my money and writing two or three letters. My contact with several Israeli human rights organizations were no different. They seemed to only be interested in my cases until I signed that they had taken over my case. After signing such a statement I would never again hear from them; I think in retrospect that signing up lots of “cases” guaranteed a flow of subventions coming to these organizations and a good life for a few people within those organizations. I said as much in a conference in Istanbul in 2001. Some of the “human rigths” organizations I remember were “Hamokid for Protecting the Individual”, “Association for the civil rights in Israel”, “Jerusalem Center for the Law”, “ACRI – Association for the civil rights in Israel” which seem to not exist anymore, at least not under those names. Of the many “human rights” organizations and initiatives I had contact with, only the “Alternative Information Center” exists.
There were also decent individuals and organizations who helped me along the way, but the questions remains: Where is the respect for the International Laws ? Why does it look like only certain people have acces to Justice ? Where is Justice ? Is there any Justice at all ?
A human rights NGO complaining on TV. Note how concerned they look. (pic source)
I am still looking for a way to seek redress in my case before a court of Justice. I have posted a solicitation here.