Israeli rocket victims sue Al Jazeera

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff  

Israelis wounded by or who lost loved ones to Hizballah rockets during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 are suing Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera in US federal court for aiding and abetting the enemy during a time of war.

The plaintiffs are seeking $1.2 billion in damages, claiming that Al Jazeera correspondents purposely provided live coverage of errant Hizballah rocket strikes on northern Israel in order to help the Lebanese terror group better aim subsequent attacks.

"Without the assistance of Al-Jazeera’s on-the-ground spotters, Hizbullah would have been unable to accurately aim its missiles into Israeli cities," said attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. "Al Jazeera made itself a crucial component of the Hizbullah missile offensive. The intent was to assist the terrorists in targeting and killing civilians."

During the 34-day war, which saw thousands of Hizballah rockets rain down on northern Israel, Al Jazeera reporters were arrested numerous times for violating Israel military censors by broadcast real-time information regarding Hizballah missile attacks.

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