The Warwick Hotel which is hosting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to New York City next week, is being hit with a law suit.
The Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center represents Stuart Hersh, who was injured in a 1997 Hamas suicide bombing in Jerusalem. In 2003 a United States court found Iran liable for its financial backing of that attack and awarded Hersh $12 million – an amount Iran, of course, has not paid.
The Israel Law Center filed a motion in Manhattan federal court demanding that the hotel deny Ahmadinejad a room and give the room to Hersh instead.
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, directer of the Israel Law Center explained:
“It is insult enough that Ahmadinejad will receive U.S. security personnel during his stay in Manhattan, subsidized by American tax dollars. But that outrage is eclipsed by the idea that this craven outlaw will reside in the lap of luxury at a five-star hotel while his victims still suffer from his underwriting of violent, illegal acts.
Give him a cot at the UN or perhaps the other murderers at the Libyan Mission will give him a bed. Our client, Stuart Hersh, continues to suffer from the suicide bombing that Iran financed in Jerusalem nearly fifteen years ago. We remain committed to getting Mr. Hersh, not Ahmadinejad, the star-studded treatment. The Warwick’s pursuit of profit is unconscionable.”
Reported by DOV LIPMAN for United with Israel.
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