Can Israelis Sue Ahmedinijad for Incitement to Genocide?
According to this report, a group of former Israeli diplomats and parliamentarians believe that Iranian President Ahmedinijad’s recent remarks calling for the destruction of Israel and his description of the Holocaust as myth constitute conspiracy to commit genocide and incitement of genocide. They want to sue Ahmedinijad.
The potential suit raises some interesting questions of jurisdiction. In what court might the Israeli former officials file suit? If, through Ahmedinijad’s words, Iran has violated the Convention, a suit brought by Isreal against Iran before the ICJ might be a possibility. But do individual Isreali citizens have standing to sue in other venues? The Genocide Convention creates universal jurisdiction for criminal acts, but the idea being discussed here appears to aim at a civil suit (though it is admittedly unclear from this brief report). Comments open.
Hat tip: Elizabeth Cassidy