Cherna Rosenberg, a citizen of both Canada and Israel, has filed a ground-breaking case in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto against the Canadian Boat to Gaza and Alternatives International. The complaint charges that these groups with raising funds for and providing material support to Hamas, which governs and controls Gaza and which has been declared to be a terrorist group by the government of Canada. Ms. Rosenberg has been subjected to and has suffered from the indiscriminate shelling of the Israeli city of Sderot by Hamas.
The Canadian Boat to Gaza is a member of the "Freedom Flotilla II" group, an assortment of coalitions from various countries which are attempting to organize, fund, and supply ships to breach the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and directly provide support to Gaza. It is committed to breaking the Israeli naval blockade and supporting the Hamas rulers of Gaza. The Canadian Boat's raison d'être is to aid and abet the terrorist organization that rules Gaza. Alternatives International is a self-professed fundraiser and trustee for the Canadian Boat. It provides financial management for the enterprise and assists in the financing of the terrorist-supporting Canadian Boat project.
Ms. Rosenberg has lived in Sderot, Israel and endured the constant and relentless mortar attacks emanating from Gaza. The Hamas terror group brazenly has taken responsibility for these shellings. During these terrifying attacks, Ms. Rosenberg was forced to seek shelter, along with members of her family and, like other victims of these wanton attacks, has been traumatized and shocked, suffering from the serious symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The complaint explains how the village of Sderot has been the target of Qassam rocket attacks from Hamas terrorists on the Gaza side of the border since 2001. The height of these attacks was between 2007-2008 when rockets and mortars fell on Sderot on a daily basis. Attacks are typically accompanied by red alert sirens provided by Israeli civil defenses, which give residents a signal to stop what they are doing immediately and seek cover. These attacks have resulted in the deaths of numerous Israeli civilians and have caused enormous trauma and property damage in Sderot and surrounding region.
Under Canadian law, it is illegal to provide assistance or support to a designated terror group.
The lawsuit was filed by Ed Morgan, a prominent Toronto barrister and law professor long involved in human rights issues. Ms. Rosenberg is also represented by Neal Sher, a New York attorney who was the head of the U.S. Justice Department's Nazi prosecution office and a former special adviser on war crimes to the Canadian Ministry of Justice.