Borders on Anti-Semitism
The Zionist Organization of America (
In 1997, the Bigios sued Coca-Cola in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging that the Company was trespassing on and illegally occupying their property in Egypt. Twelve years later, the lawsuit is still ongoing, in large part due to Coca-Colas legal maneuvering to avoid the Court from reaching the merits of the Bigios claims.
Next week, the U.S. District Court will finally get to the merits of the Bigios claims against Coca-Cola when the Court hears the Bigios motion for summary judgment and Coca-Colas motion to dismiss. In connection with their motion, the Bigios were required to file a Rule 56.1 Statement, in which they had to identify the material facts as to which they contend there is no genuine issue to be tried by the Court. In response, Coca-Cola was required to identify the material facts which the Company disputes; otherwise, they are deemed admitted for purposes of the summary judgment motion.
In their Rule 56.1 Statement, the Bigios included as undisputed that Nasser systematically persecuted Egypts Jews, and that his anti-Jewish program included police detention of Jews, the sequestration of Jewish-owned businesses and property, depriving Jews of Egyptian citizenship, and the expulsion of Jews from Egypt. Incredibly, Coca-Cola disputed the truth of these statements.
Morton A. Klein, the
In Egypt, Jews were killed, arrested, imprisoned, and had their property confiscated. Thousands were forced to leave the country. The population numbers speak volumes: While in 1948, there were approximately 75,000 Jews in Egypt, today the number has dwindled to an estimated 100-200 Jews.
In the past, the
Albeit an extreme analogy, there are Holocaust deniers and Holocaust minimizers who ask for proof that the Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis or that it was six million Jews murdered and not a smaller number. These Holocaust deniers and minimizers who deliberately ignore historical truths for their own purposes are anti-Semites.
Coca-Colas conduct in this litigation outrageously asserting that there is some dispute over the irrefutable fact that Jews were persecuted and discriminated against in Egypt likewise borders on anti-Semitism. If Coca-Cola is going to prevail in the Bigios lawsuit, it should be based on the facts and the law. A company of Coca-Colas stature should not be sinking to the odious level of denying the historical truth of Jewish suffering in Egypt as a legal ploy to escape responsibility for its conduct.