Daily Israel Report

Israelis Sue Iranian President On Intent to Commit Genocide

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be the target of a lawsuit by former Israeli diplomats and legislators who accuse him of intent to commit genocide.
By Hana Levi Julian
First Publish: 5/22/2006, 3:12 PM / Last Update: 5/22/2006, 6:01 PM

The group announced on Sunday that it will soon file a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, according to the Ynet news service, accusing Ahmadinejad of conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity.

The group said it is planning to sue the Iranian president within the next several months for his calls to “wipe Israel off the map, ” which constitute intent to commit genocide, an international crime.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Dore Gold said Ahmadinejad, who also dismissed the Holocaust as a “myth”, violated the 1948 UN Genocide Convention with his remarks. Iran signed the document in the 1950’s, as did Israel.

Gold’s Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) is helping the group prepare the lawsuit, which he said is almost ready for submission. “From our preliminary assessment, there is no question that Ahmadinejad violated the Genocide Convention, which specifically addresses the issue of incitement to genocide,” he said.

The group includes Dr. Meir Rosen, a former Israeli Ambassador to the United States and France. Other members include former Foreign Ministry Director-General Eytan Bentsur and former Health Minister Dan Naveh.

“Ahmadinejad’s remarks constitute without a doubt a ‘direct and public incitement’ to commit genocide,” reads the document in part. “The Iranian regime supports terror organizations, such as Islamic Jihad, which continuously carries out murderous terror attacks against innocent Israeli citizens. However, the gravity of Ahmadinejad’s remarks is particularly outstanding in light of Iran’s attempts to develop weapons of mass destruction,” it says.

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for this week’s Kassam rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot, the site of hundreds of rocket attacks since the expulsion of Jewish communities from Gush Katif last summer.

The rocket attack scored a direct hit on a classroom, narrowly missing a teacher and students who were just finishing their prayers in the next room.