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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Jesse Rosenfeld, "Land grabs and lawsuits," Montreal Mirror, July 31, 2008.

“Foreign and Israeli corporations abroad should beware and think twice about embarking on settlement projects.”
Michael Sfard
Bi'lin's Israeli lawyer

A Palestinian village sues two Montreal-based companies over the construction of a West Bank settlement

Accused of war crimes for their involvement with Israeli settlement expansion, two Quebec-registered companies are being sued in Canada by the occupied West Bank Palestinian village of Bi’lin.

Toronto lawyer Mark Arnold filed a claim in Quebec Superior Court on behalf of the village against Green Park and Green Mount International three weeks ago. The case is part of a combined Palestinian, Canadian and Israeli effort to halt expansion of the Modi’in Illit settlement.

The sister construction companies are being charged with violating both Canadian and international law, while also acting as agents of the Israeli state due to their construction of residences in Mattityahu East, a hilltop adjacent Modi’in Illit’s main settlement block. Calling the case unprecedented, Arnold cites the Fourth Geneva Convention and Canada’s Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

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