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Legal Warfare May Stop IHH Flotilla

Threats of a lawsuit against a firm supplying communications equipment to the IHH flotilla may stop it from sailing - without a shot being fired.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 6/6/2011, 10:50 AM / Last Update: 6/6/2011, 11:38 AM

Flash 90 / IDF

Threats of a lawsuit against a firm supplying communications equipment to the IHH flotilla may stop the ships from sailing for Hams-controlled Gaza without a shot being fired. The flotilla is scheduled to sail later this month.

Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center)
announced Monday that it has warned the Inmarsat mobile satellite services company that it faces criminal charges and a lawsuit if it supplies the flotilla sponsored by the terror-linked IHH Organization.

Inmarsat is based in London with offices in Dubai and the United States and dominates the market of mobile communications system to ships, enabling them to be in contact with ports and other ships.

Israel Law Center director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner noted that Inmarsat supplied equipment last year to the Mavi Marmara ship. it was aboard that ship that 50 IHH terror activists brutally attacked Israeli Navy commandos who stopped the ship from trying to break the maritime embargo aimed at preventing the smuggling of wepaons for Gaza terrorists.

U.S. law states, according to the Law Center, that any company that supplies the flotilla is liable for criminal charges for helping the enemy of a friendly state. The Center says there is proven connection between the IHH and Hamas, which the U.S. government has declared an outlawed terrorist organization.

The Law Center said the notice of warning that was sent to Inmarsat satisfies the American law that requires a week’s warning before legal action can be taken against a company allegedly violating the law. Darshan-Leitner warned the company that it faces a lawsuit from the Law Center if it does not state in a letter that it will cease and desist from selling mobile communications equipment to the IHH-sponsored flotilla.

The Law Center previously succeeded in receiving a letter from Lloyd's insurance company that it would stop covering the Mavi Marmara, a ship of the IHH. Most ports in the world will not allow ships to dock without insurance.

“Our objective is to prevent bloodshed on the high seas and to stop the ships before they set out to sail,” the attorney said.

The Israeli-based Law Center fights terrorist organizations through lawsuits, and fights for the rights of terror victims with the intention of bankrupting the terror organizations.

It has won more than $1 billion in judgments against terror organizations and state sponsors and has succeeded in winning court orders freezing more than $600 million in assets of Hamas, Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and other terror groups.