Guy Ophir, who works in Israel but has an address in New York, submitted a civil action suit to the New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Ophir is claiming $7.5 million in damages against Aftonbladet. He writes in his writ that the newspaper intended to libel Jews and Israelis, himself included, and that he should be compensated financially.
The writ concerns an article published last week and which, according to Ophir, had ill intentions and is hateful against Jews, Israelis and the Israeli defence forces.
Ohir’s writ is directed against the freelance journalist, Donald Boström, who wrote the text, and Aftonbladet – which is described in court documents as “the Swedish union’s newspaper”.
But according to experts that news agency TT has spoken to, the case has little chance of success.
“As far as I can judge this lawyer has little hope of getting this case into court – as he is not himself named in the article,” Bob Clothier at the Fox Rothschild law firm in Philadelphia.
Guy Orphir has been a soldier in Israel and he is reported to have told the Jersusalem Post daily that the article is “incendiary” and “something Goebbels could have written”.