An Israeli law center that combats terrorist organizations by seeking compensation for victims is suing the hotel that is hosting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations General Assembly next week, seeking the president’s room to satisfy a portion of a judgment one of its clients is owed by Iran.
The Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center said Wednesday that it filed a motion in Manhattan federal court demanding that the Warwick Hotel deny Ahmadinejad a room and instead grant that room to Stuart Hersh, a Shurat HaDin client who has never received a $12 million judgment owed to him by Iran after he was injured in a 1997 Hamas suicide bombing in Jerusalem. A U.S. court found Iran liable for financially supporting that attack in 2003.
Ahmadinejad will address the UN on Yom Kippur, Sept. 26.
“It is insult enough that Ahmadinejad will receive U.S. security personnel during his stay in Manhattan, subsidized by American tax dollars,” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin, said in a statement. “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.”
Shurat Hadin said it has secured more than $1 billion in judgments and collected $120 million in payments for terror victims and their families.
“We remain committed to getting Mr. Hersh, not Ahmadinejad, the star-studded treatment,” the organization said. “The Warwick’s pursuit of profit is unconscionable.”